Have been living in Melbourne for 10 years and absolutely love this city! Always looking for new things to explore and can't stay away from a bargain.
Published July 16th 2012
Tram route 70 runs from Docklands to Wattle Park, it is entirely within Metlink Zone 1 and will give you a chance to hit the best shopping spots (stop number D11, D5, 8 and 40), entertain the kids (stop number 2,3 and 7B) and explore iconic Melbourne landmarks (stop number D11, 1, 5, 7B/7C and 8).
Stop D11 First Stop Waterfront City/ Docklands You could probably spend the whole day at the Waterfront City. Right across from the tram stop you'll find Harbour Town Shopping Centre with factory outlet shops, dining area and ever-changing quirky entertainment for children (I've witnessed fake snow and petting zoo during school holidays).
Victoria Harbour, Etihad Stadium, Channel Seven Digital Broadcast Centre.
Stop D5 South Wharf precinct Walk towards the bridge if you wish to spend more money at the South Wharf DFO. I've found that South Wharf DFO has more outlet shops than Waterfront City, so you'll definitely be able to grab a few more bargains at the DFO.
If you see the weird white bridge you're on the correct path to South Wharf DFO
***The Convention Centre is located pass the bridge, where you'll be able to not only sit and relax after your shopping but also get free Wifi.
Stop 1 Flinders and Spencer Streets- Crown Complex, Batman Park, Southern Cross Station Batman Park is located on the riverbank across from the Casino. The park provides a nice spot to have a picnic as you have the most spectacular view (in my opinion) of the Yarra River and Crown Complex.
Immigration Museum is perhaps not as popular as other museums but definitely worth a visit. The exhibitions include Immigrant Stories and Timeline, Leaving Home, Journeys of a Lifetime and Identity: yours, mine, ours.
Be sure to check the more interactive parts of the museum - School children are viewing an immigration interview and decide whether to allow the person entry to Australia
Stop 4 Finders and Elizabeth streets Degraves Street
Degraves Street is a laneway located between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets ( or between Pie Face and Vodafone). This tiny laneway is filled with some of the best coffee Melbourne has to offer and also really good food.
Stop 5 Federation Square/ Flinders Street Station/ Swanston Street
This is arguably the most busy and most important stop along route 70. If you're new to Melbourne, your first stop should be to the Melbourne Visitor Centre located at Federation Square (look for the building with the i) where you can grab maps, information and organise day trips outside Melbourne.
Opposite Federation Square you'll find Flinders Street Station. Flinders Street Station is Australia's oldest train station, completed in 1910 and the most used metropolitan railway station in Melbourne.
Flinders Street Station is also famous for being a meeting place and you will always find a crowd of people sitting on the stairs or waiting under the clocks.
Aussies love tennis and during the two weeks of Australian Open Grand Slam, held annually over the last fortnight of January, you can expect a crowd of over 600,000 fans attending the day and night sessions.
When the courts aren't used by the world's best, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the courts are open to the public. Melbourne Park precinct has 22 outdoor courts and 7 indoor courts. To hire a court will cost you somewhere between $28 - $42 an hour.
Rod Laver Arena also offers a behind the scenes tour which includes visiting the Player Change Room, Walk of Champions and Davis Cup Room.
***The Tours are scheduled daily and run for approximately one hour Mon- Fri: 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2.30pm, Sat-Sun:11.30am, 1.00pm
Cost: Adult - $15, Child - $6, Concession/seniors - $12, Family - $28.
Stop 7C MCG/ Hisense arena Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was built in 1853 and has since hosted some of the most important sporting events such as the 1956 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers and it is also the birthplace of Test Cricket and the home of AFL.
MCG - is Australia's oldest cricket ground and one of the most popular stadiums
Hisense Arena is the second most important court during Australian Open after Rod Laver Arena. As with Rod Laver Arena, the venue also hosts other sporting events and Australian and international music concerts.
Stop 7D AMMI Park
Leaving the stadiums the 70 tram travels towards the suburb of Richmond along Swan Street. Once an industrial suburb resided mainly by factory workers, Richmond is now famous for shopping, cafes and restaurants.
Dimmey's store in Swan Street is a premier retailing landmark in Richmond. It was built in 1907, the clock tower and the copper ball on top (1908-16).
Stop 8 Richmond Station Richmond Station is Melbourne's central suburban railway station connecting Melbourne's eastern and south eastern rail lines. Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham, Cranbourne, Glen Waverly, Belgrave, Lilydale and Alamein lines pass through Richmond Station.
There is a special entrance when events are on from Richmond Station to MCG, Melbourne Park and AAMI Park.
Stop 11 Swan and Church Street
Connect here with route 78/79 tram towards Bridge Road or towards Chapel Street.
Stop 14 - Swan and Burnley Streets - Burnely Railway Station
Burnley Railway Station as well as some local shopping and cafes.
Leaving Richmond, tram 70 continues to travel along Riversdale Road through the suburbs of Hawthorn and Camberwell to the eastern end of Wattle Park, terminating at Elgar Road.
Stop 32 Glenferrie Road
Connect here with tram 16 that runs along Glenferrie Road passing major shopping districts at Hawthorn and Malvern as well as Glenferrie, Kooyong and Malvern railway stations, the Kooyong Tennis Stadium and Swinbourne's University Hawthorn Campus.
Stop 40 brings you to the start of Burke Road shopping strip, amongst the shops you'll find variety of restaurants including Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Indian and Italian cuisine.
Nearby is Rivoli Cinema
Rivoli Cinema has been newly refurbished in Art Deco style
This is a good article, but the final stop is not Warrigal Road... it is Wattle Park... perhaps you could add a photo of Wattle Park, the chalet, the playground, tennis courts, golf course, trees? Cheers