Things to do and see
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of state Victoria with the population of around 4.25 million people. It plans to become the largest city in Australia in the next 35 years by the year 2050.
It has a very diverse culture, artistic character and 24/7 entertainment life experience. Melbourne is a city that never sleeps.
Since 2011 and up to 2015 Melbourne has been ranked as the most liveable city in the world by EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit).
Melbourne is the leading Australian city and well known world centre in such areas as sports, healthcare, education, entertainment, tourism, research and development.
Melbourne City Tour № 1
We start this half day City tour usually at 8 am at the reception desk of your hotel or in the city. The afternoon option is to meet at 1 pm. We can offer also private city tours for small groups (up to 7 people) as well as bus tours for larger groups.
What to do and see in Melbourne during half day city tour:
- City Circle – driving along the perimeter of so called “the old city”.
- Fitzroy Gardens – visiting Cook’s Cottage and the Conservatory.
- Visiting – St Patricks Cathedral.
- Driving through Olympic Park with main sport arenas and stadiums.
- Visiting Queen Victoria Market.
- Walking in “The New city” – Docklands – Victoria Harbour.
- Visiting Shrine of Remembrance.
- Driving on the Formula 1 track.
- Driving through Port Melbourne (so called “new money”).
- Stop in Brighton at “golden mile” (known as “old money”).
We start usually at 8 am and include the above program plus some wineries with wine tasting in Yarra Valley, or Blue Dandenongs with nature walks and parrots feeding. Possible to combine the City Tour with Penguin Parade on Phillip Island at night.
Melbourne Day Tour № 2. Great Ocean Road
The most popular Melbourne Day Tour. Great Ocean Road is the number one destination for all Melbourne visitors – for Australian families as well as for overseas tourists and guests.
The tour starts at 8 am at the reception of your hotel or in the city. It includes the following highlights:
- Melbourne City from West Gate Bridge.
- Famous Bells Beach with surfing lovers.
- Outstanding views along the Surf Coast.
- Grey kangaroos in their natural habitat in Anglesea.
- Lighthouse and Split Point in Aireys Inlet. Easy walk.
- Memorial Arch at Eastern View.
- Surf beach with nice views in Lorn.
- Kennet River village. Wild koalas. Feeding parrots.
- Lunch in picturesque Apollo Bay.
- Fern gullies and giant eucalyptus in native rainforest.
- The Shipwreck Coast with many stops.
- Twelve Apostles. Possible helicopter flight.
- Islands Arch and Razorback. Loch Ard Gorge. The tragic shipwreck of Loch Ard.
- Port Campbell. Picturesque fishing village.
- Evening lights of City from West Gate Bridge.
Melbourne things to do №3
We start the tour in the morning at your reception or in the city. During the tour we plan to visit 3-5 best known wineries in the famous wine region of Yarra Valley. The valley is just 1- 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne City.
There are some optional things to do in the morning and/or at night in combination with wine tasting in the Yarra Valley:
- Option 1. Blue Dandenongs. The Grants picnic area. 2 easy walks in rainforest. Parrots feeding, plus cafe and souvenir shop.
- Option 2. Blue Dandenongs. Puffing Billy. Tourist steam train trip through the rainforest.
- Option 3. Healesville Sanctuary. Wildlife tour in natural bushland. To see most of Australian animals, birds and reptiles.
- Domain Chandon. World known sparkling wines. Nice panoramic view on Yarra Valley.
- Oakridge Estate. Free wine tasting. Nice views on Yarra Valley.
- Giant Steps Winery. A combination of free wine tasting with local bakery, cheese room, pizza oven, good food and bear.
- Fergusson Winery. Free wine tasting. Nice restaurant and views.
- Rochford Winery. Or 1-2 different wineries from the list of 15.
- Option 4. Afternoon tour to Phillip Island with visiting Penguin Parade.
Melbourne things to do №4
This Melbourne day tour combines the most popular tourist attractions what you can do and see around Melbourne in the areas of Blue Dandenongs and Yarra Valley:
- Starting with Blue Dandenongs. Puffing Billy. Tourist steam train trip through the rainforest.
- Blue Dandenongs. The Grants picnic area. 2 easy walks in rainforest. Wild parrots feeding, cafe and souvenir shop.
- Healesville Sanctuary. Wildlife tour in natural bushland. You will see the most of Australian animals, birds and reptiles.
- 2 wineries in Yarra Valley. Usually Domain Chandon and Giant Steps (Innocent Bystander).
- Option. Afternoon – night tour to Phillip Island with visiting Maru Koala Park and Penguin Parade.
Melbourne things to do №5
This Melbourne day tour starts afternoon at 1 pm. The main attractions are located in Phillip Island Nature Park.
Some highlights are the following:
- Maru Koala Park. Australian animals and birds: kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus, dingos, wombats, parrots, kookaburras. Also alpacas, sheep, donkey, horses, peacocks…
- Churchill Island (optional). The first farm in Victoria. Back in history.
- Koala Conservation Centre (optional). Observing koalas in their natural habitats.
- Pyramid Rock. Easy walk to see the island.
- Swan Lake. Easy walk. Looking for bird life. Possible to meet wallabies and kangaroos.
- The Nobbies Centre. Easy walks to see attractive volcanic rocks. Seal Rocks.
- The Penguin Parade. After the sunset.
Melbourne things to do №6
Ballarat is the second larges inland city in Victoria. Population of 93,500 people. Ballarat, Ararat and Bendigo form the golden triangle.
The main attractions are:
- Sovereign Hill. Recreation of 1850s gold mining town.
- Atmosphere of Gold Rush.
- Fantastic guided mine tours deep underground.
- Original working demonstration of mining equipment of 1850s.
- Original shops, traditional craftsmen, blacksmiths.
- Life stile of 1850s in Ballarat.
- Air-open theatre with scheduled performances.
- Chinese village in the goldfield.
- The Gold Museum.
- Wildlife tour in Ballarat Wildlife Park.
- Native bushland habitats.
- Kangaroos, emus, koalas, Tasmanian Devils, crocodiles ets.
Melbourne things to do №7
National Park Grampians is located in 250 km from the City. Very popular Melbourne day tour.
Main attractions are the following:
- MacKenzie falls. MacKenzie Falls lookout. Easy 1.9 km return. Medium MacKenzie Falls walk. Down to the base of the Falls. 2 km return.
- Reeds lookout. Easy walk 100 m return. Lake Wartook. The Mt Difficult Range. Victoria Range. Serra Range. The Balconies. Jaws of death. Easy walk 2 km return. Scenic views on the Grampians.
- Wonderland in Grampians. Grand Canyon loop walk. Medium 900 m. Scenic views. Large rocks.
- Boroka lookout. Spectacular views. Wonderland range. Mt William Range. Fyans Valley. Halls Gap. Lake Bellfield.
- Bambruk. The National and Cultural Centre. Aboriginal history and culture. How to launch boomerangs. Aboriginal paintings.
- Visit Halls Gap Zoo. Wildlife tour. The largest regional zoo in Victoria. 160 species of native and exotic animals.
Melbourne things to do №8
We recommend you to spend in Tasmania at least 2-3 days. Melbourne is the closest to Tasmania big city. It is very convenient to combine Melbourne tours with visiting Tasmania.
Even in short tour we can include the following main attractions:
- Ferry from Melbourne to Devonport Tasmania than drive to Launceston.
- Launceston city tour. City Park.
- Cataract George. One of the most beautiful area of Tasmania.
- Cradle Mountain National Park. Dove Lake walk.
- Town Sheffield. Open-air museum of modern art.
- Driving to Hobart through the natural parks.
- Hobart City Tour. Salamanca Market. MONA. Museum of old and modern art. Mount Wellington. Wineries.
Tasmania is a wonderful place to discover picturesque nature of its national parks. It is a country of lakes, mountains, forests and lovely people. You will enjoy also visiting two main Tasmanian cities Hobart and Launceston.
Of course, it is always better to spend here a week rather than 2-3 days.
Melbourne things to do №9
We recommend you to consider Melbourne – Adelaide tour for 4-8 days with visiting very popular Kangaroo Island for 2 days.
You can enjoy the following attractions:
- All main attractions of Great Ocean Road with the 1st night stop in Warrnambool.
- Warrnambool. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
- Tower Hill. The first National Park in Victoria.
- Grampians National Park with the 2nd night stop in Halls Gap.
- Town Mount Gambier. Famous Blue Lake. The 3rd night stop in the town.
- Coonawarra wine region. Free wine tasting.
- Adelaide. The 4th night stop in Adelaide.
- Kangaroo Island at least 2 days. 5th night stop in town Kingscote Kangaroo Island.
- Adelaide. 6th and 7th night stops. City tour. Barossa Valley. Free wine tasting tour.
We recommend you to make a Melbourne – Adelaide tour in 4 days. You can see many tourist attractive places including several National Parks. We highly recommend you to include also spending 2-3 more days in Kangaroo Island and Adelaide (a city tour).
Melbourne things to do №10
We recommend you to consider Melbourne – Sydney tour for 4-6 days with the following attractions:
- Blue Dandenongs. Puffing Billy. Wineries Yarra Valley. Phillip Island Nature Park. Penguin Parade. The 1st night stop at Phillip Island.
- Wilsons Promontory National Park. Walhalla gold mining town. 2nd night stop in town Sale.
- Gippsland Lakes. Ninety Miles Beach. Beechworth gold mining town.
- Canberra. 3rd night stop in Canberra. Canberra City Tour.
- Sydney. 4th night stop. Blue Mountains. Jenolan Caves. Wentworth falls. Featherdale Wildlife Park.
- Sydney. 5th night stop. Sydney Day City Tour.
We recommend you to plan a Melbourne – Sydney tour in 4 days. You can see 3 main cities of Australia. Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Also visit many tourist attractive places including several National Parks. We recommend to plan at least 2 days for Sydney.