Horse and Carriages Melbourne
Adding to the Victorian charm of Melbourne, visitors to the CBD can choose to ride in a horse drawn carriage. Victorians bring their children to experience a sense of yesteryear and many who come from other States or other parts of the world, like to enjoy this uniquely Melbourne activity.
Sitting high in the carriage, the passengers, view the world as royalty might, travelling along at a two horse powered speed, watching the world as the world watches them. Some coach drivers will give a commentary and may let a rider sit up with them as they handle the horses. Some speak other languages such as Thai and Japanese.
Clopping along the street, the beautiful, gentle natured, Percheron draft horses take you past some of the noted attractions around the city, passing China Town, Federation Square and on the longer rides, a leisurely look at the Arts Centre, The Shrine of Remembrance and up to see the magnificent, St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The carriages operate day and night and can be pre-booked. Taking a horse drawn coach is a romantic way to be taken from a hotel to a show. After dark, the horses continue to pull the carriages on the busy streets. Perhaps they are the only type of transportation in the city that truly complies with front and rear ‘tail’ lamps?
The coaches commonly depart from the corner of Little Collins Street or from stops along Swanston Street and can be hired for 15 minutes or an hour. The rate is set for all companies operating rides, so it is simply a matter of finding the carriage that appeals to you. Don’t forget to take an apple for the horses, and a photo to remember an enjoyable part of the day in Melbourne city.
A Classic Carriage Hire Alex MacDonald Mob: 0425 709 911
Distinctive Melbourne Carriages Mob: 0418 315 020
Cobb & Co Carriages Mob: 0438 007 144
Antique Victorian Carriages Mob: 0418 108 506
Melbourne Buggy Tours Mob: 0417528995
JR Hourse Drawn Carriages MOB: 0409554133