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Melbourne colonial tram

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Melbourne's reputation as being a place of great places to dine is well-known. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, the only one of its kind in the world, adds another dimension.

A fleet of glossy burgundy-coloured trams cruise the streets of Melbourne as diners eat, drink and enjoy the city sights. Décor is in keeping with the colonial period the trams reflect.

The new tram, Bela, is a fully rebuilt 1944 W-class with soft leather seats, climate control, real gold leaf trims, digital sound systems, beautiful drapes and shades, brass lamps and stabilisers to ensure a smooth ride. You won't spill a drop!

The company has hosted over a million diners over more than 23 years of successful operation. Their original tramcar dates to 1927, the era of Melbourne's most notorious gangster, Squizzy Taylor.

The moveable feast is perfect for a romantic night (there has been many a marriage proposal on board), a celebration, showing off the city to visitors or just getting to know it again. The set-price menu includes food and beverages.

They offer five-course dinners every night, three-course early dinners and four-course luncheons.

The beautifully lit trams are a familiar sight as they wind through the streets of Melbourne. They head along Spencer Street, into Bourke and William Streets and over Queens Bridge behind the Crown Casino. The route then goes along Kingsway, St Kilda Road, Fitzroy Street and along the Esplanade and Acland Street in busy St Kilda. It then winds through the city on its way back to Normanby Road.


Out of South Melbourne.


The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant three-course dinners start at $66 per person. The price includes meal and beverages.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Melbourne.

One-way fares from;
  • Adelaide, $99
  • Sydney, $109
  • Brisbane, $140
  • Darwin, $199
  • Perth, $219

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 28, 2006, and are subject to change.

Prices quoted are correct at September 28, 2006.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
PO Box 372
South Melbourne 3205
Ph: (03) 9696 4000

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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