Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
You haven’t truly experienced Melbourne until you’ve gotten aboard a tram and travelled like the locals. Even then, the experience can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not sure where you’ll end up by the end of the journey. This is why Yarra Trams and Melbourne City have worked together to create the City Circle Tram loop, a free tram service that takes passengers around the city’s major attractions and landmarks in a roundtrip so that they don’t end up somewhere in the suburbs, confused about where to go.
The City Circle Tram also links to other public transport networks around Melbourne so if you want to go somewhere that the Loop doesn’t cover, you can catch alternate transport from each of the different stops. The major difference between City Circle Trams and the other tram services is that all of the City Circle Trams are refurbished W-Class trams, which ran the normal Melbourne city routes between 1936 and 1956. Their distinctive maroon and yellow exteriors, and wooden interiors, make them stand apart from the more modern, colourful trams that run regularly today.
City Circle Trams also feature a continuous audio commentary that play over the speakers and explain about different Melbourne landmarks as you approach them. In a sense, it’s like you have your own personal tour guide, although you obviously can’t ask any questions. The only problem with the audio however, is that when the tram is full (and it can get very full sometimes as people take advantage of the free ride), you can’t hear the commentary clearly over the noise. But this is a small price to pay for an otherwise enjoyable ride on one of Melbourne’s historic attractions.