South Melbourne is south of the CBD & north of the Albert Park Lake which hosts the Australian Grand Prix. It is a secret jewel of Melbourne. Centred around Clarendon Street which connects to Spencer Street. The whole district has been settled by Greeks and Italians quite near to where they first landed at the Port of Melbourne.
There are abundant traveling options, trams, trains & buses.
Cruise ships dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne sharing the busy pier with ferries to Tasmania. It is 2.5 miles southwest of the Central Business District (CBD). There is a tram stop about a five-minute walk from the Station Pier. An accessible tram service (route 109) operates from the Beacon Cove terminus right into the CBD with stops along Collins Street. Transit riders must use a contactless, prepaid card named Myki (pronounced my-key). With Myki, you need to purchase a card for $6 and then top it up. A two hour zone 1 ticket costs $3.76 while a daypass is $7.52 ($6 cap on weekends and holidays, Feb 2015). Your daily charges will be capped at the day pass rate. Alternatively, you can buy a Visitor Pack for $14 which includes $8 stored value (good for a daypass) and a bonus of discounts at local attractions. A taxi from Station Pier to Federation Square should cost approx $12 ($20 to CBD). It may be cheaper for a couple to take a taxi than buying two Myki cards, especially if they can share a ride.
Clarendon Street has heaps of shops of all varieties.
The local South Melbourne Market has retained many of the features of yesteryear.
Safeway South Melbourne has opened it's new store just opposite the market where shopping can be made easy as it's open till 12.
There are fantastic eateries. One business owner is leading the cuisine revolution adhering to his cultural roots based in Cyprus of Italian and Greek heritage. Roberto Braccioti is a vocal advocate for the flourishing business' in the area.