Tram 109 at Port Melbourne - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing a 109 tram at the terminal tram stop in Port Melbourne. This is a popular place for tourists to Melbourne to come and rest on the nearby beaches for a bit. There is a small kiosk and cafe next to the tam stop so that people can buy the ubiquitous ice cream while waiting for the next tram. There is actually a tram in the satellite view of the Google map at the station.
Tram 109 at Port Melbourne - FURTHER INFORMATION
Tram 109 at Port Melbourne - Melbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tram 109 at Port Melbourne' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.
Port Melbourne was first settled in 1839 and grew into an active port serving Melbourne and surrounding parts of Victoria. The area grew rapidly during the gold rush of the 1850's, when the area was known as Sandridge. To speed up goods transport to the city center, a railway line between Melbourne and Sandridge was built, which alleviated the need for ships to sail up the Yarra River. This railway line is now used by the 109 Tram, but the link with history is maintained by the disused railway bridge, Sandridge Bridge in central Melbourne.
Today, Port Melbourne has increasingly become a residential suburb and the importance of the commercial port has declined. Redeveloped with luxury apartments and housing, and within easy reach of the center of Melbourne, Port Melbourne now boasts a number of beaches which are popular with locals and visitors alike. To the left of the 109 tram terminal and Station Pier is Beaconsfield Beach, a long, white sand beach that extend round to St. Kilda. In the other direction are the new developments of Beacon Bay with yet more beaches.
Port Melbourne still remains an important transport hub, with luxury cruise liners often found moored alongside Station Pier. This is also the terminal for the Bass Straight Ferry services taking passengers from Australia to Tasmania.