Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australasia

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Melbourne’s main sea terminal, Station Pier, has great sentimental associations for many migrants who arrived by ship in the 1950s and '60s, as well as for service people who used it during WWII and the relatives of those who departed for WWI. It has been in operation since 1854, when the first major railway in Australia ran from here to the city. These days, it's where the ferry Spirit of Tasmania, cruise ships and navy vessels dock.

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Nearby Melbourne attractions

1. Gasworks Arts Park

0.77 MILES

This former gas plant lay derelict from the 1950s before finding new life as an arts and culture hub, with two free red-brick galleries, a theatre (check…

2. Starward Distillery

0.96 MILES

This sleek distillery-warehouse-bar is massive, with a public area up the front and copper stills at the rear. Sample the Distillery's Selection flight (…

3. St Vincent Place

1.14 MILES

For a taste of Victorian-era finery, take a stroll in St Vincent Pl, a heritage precinct in Albert Park. Consisting of a long, arch-shaped street skirting…

4. South Melbourne Market

1.52 MILES

Trading since 1867, this market is an institution, its labyrinthine guts packed with a brilliant collection of stalls selling everything from organic…

6. Polly Woodside

1.72 MILES

Polly Woodside is a restored iron-hulled tall ship, dating from 1885. After circumnavigating the world 17 times it now rests in a basin off the Yarra…

7. HMAS Castlemaine

1.93 MILES

Take a look around the last of 60 Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes still afloat. This one did time as an escort ship and minesweeper along the…

8. Crown

1.96 MILES

The Crown complex sprawls across two city blocks and includes three luxury hotels, restaurants and a casino that never closes. It’s another world with its…