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  • Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

    1. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

    After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coas...

    Organization was really fine, everything worked out and Tara was a very nice and funny guide. To watch the penguin parade was a great experience, too. So funny and cute to watch the little guys walking along the seaside to their homes. Maybe good to know: Photography is not allowed with the penguins, but at all other events it's no problem. Take warm clothes (windbreaker, scarf and cap) for the penguins, because in late evening/night it gets really cold with the wind at the beach. Not as good as expected the go-together with the Koalas. It's quite expensive to get in touch with them (~30 AUD) for a quick photo - and that's all. No option for stay longer close to them, maybe little feeding or just watch them close. And my photo wasn't that nice, too (couldn't see it before printed :\). So think about the Koala photo (you have to wait in queue -> time loss), but at all I would recommend the tour and do again :)

  • Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

    2. Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

    Winery tours have never been so much fun and so affordable! This full-day tour takes in some of Victoria's best wineries in the stunning region of the Yarra Valley, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Begin by learning the art of the swirl, sniff and slurp from your expert wine guide and then try a range of cellar door tastings. Move on to lunch at the next venue and enjoy a winery restaurant meal with a glass of wine. In the afternoon travel through the gorgeous scenery to a smaller boutique winery for some tastings and finish the day at another top winery. Return to Melbourne having had an unforgettable day out in the Yarra Valley. Detailed Itinerary 09:00–09:40 AM: Pick-up at designated stations and departure for the Yarra Valley (just under an hour’s journey in the touring coach). 11:00 AM– Steels Gate Wines is a boutique winery situated in a picturesque hillsid...

    Peter if a great host and driver. Really enjoyed my day, even though i'm not a big wine drinker. Tour ran to schedule and we had plenty of time at each location.

  • Yarra Valley: 2–Day Winery Tour with Luxury Overnight Stay

    3. Yarra Valley: 2–Day Winery Tour with Luxury Overnight Stay

    Day 1:  Melbourne CBD Touring and Transfer Choose from 5 central meeting points departing between 9:20 AM and 9:40 AM. After a 1–hour transfer to Yarra Valley, enjoy your first tasting at Steels Gate Wines. Learn how to swirl, sniff, slurp and then enjoy an extensive tasting at an iconic Yarra Valley cellar door. Move on to Balgownie Estate to discover the history of winemaking. Taste some great wines before you move into the striking Rae’s restaurant for a delicious 1–course lunch, including a glass of wine and tea or coffee. Stay overnight at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa. Enjoy complimentary access to the Health Club. Day 2: Yarra Valley Touring and Transfer Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast for 2 at Rae’s Restaurant at leisure. At 1:15 PM, make your way into the cellar door to meet your AWTC driver-guide. Take in the sights of the rust...

  • From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

    4. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

    Depart Melbourne Central Business District and pass over the mighty Westgate Bridge as you make your way through the western suburbs of the city towards western Victoria. Journey through the Victorian goldfields of the 1850s and take a short break in the quaint country town of Beaufort for morning tea.  Approach Grampians National Park and get an appreciation of what makes the giant mountain range so spectacular as it appears from the surrounding flat plains. Marvel at Mt. William as you get your first glimpse of the park, and then go to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Center to learn about the art, heritage and 6 seasons of the Grampians as described by the indigenous people. Discover an abundance of kangaroos resting in the areas around the center. Next, make your way into the heart of the park, and enter the small township of Halls Gap. Enjoy a picnic lunch with snacks set between 2 ...

    Grampians national park is a charming place. We enjoyed every single station in our trip.

  • Melbourne Cafe and Coffee Culture Walk

    5. Melbourne Cafe and Coffee Culture Walk

    Melbourne has become famous, the world over, for it's café culture scene. The city streets are abuzz with endless cafes and restaurants. Diverting from the main drag of coffee-lined laneways, this Café Culture walk takes you on a tour of Melbourne’s hidden away food and coffee scene. Get introduced  to many unique businesses which are passionate about coffee. You’ll find places you would never have found on your own and get a real taste of Melbourne’s unique flavour. Along with your small group of no more than 8 people, wander through Melbourne’s famous laneways to discover the city’s favorite cafés, both old and new. Take a tram ride to coffee houses off-the-beaten-path, where you’ll learn about the history of coffee in Australia and the important role that cafés have played in forming Melbournian culture. Follow the aromas of roasting beans and steamed milk to the final stop on your ...

    It was awesome. I am a coffee lover and really enjoyed this walking tour of Melboure

  • Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

    6. Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

    Take a journey through the heart of magnificent Melbourne while indulging your inner chocoholic. Be greeted by a very passionate guide at Chocolate Bar New York where you will receive your chocolate survival kit (map, 'I'm a Chocoholic' badge and bottle of water). Then the mini discovery begins as your guide takes you from plantation to plate. Taste the raw ingredients followed by the only Australian grown chocolate. Be educated on the difference between coverture and compound and get prepared with your tasting techniques for the day. Then the real discovery begins. Visit a wine bar and pair it with a masters handcrafted chocolate, discover some of the finest chocolatiers, talk to the store owners to learn about their personal journey, stop for 10 tastings and enjoy walking in a small group of no more than 12 people. Your guide will be full of Melbourne historic knowledge about the fam...

    The chocolate tour was very enjoyable. We had a lovely time visiting each place and sampling the chocolate. Our tour guide Amanda was very knowledgeable and had a great rapport which made our tour a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • Lanes and Arcades Tour

    7. Lanes and Arcades Tour

    Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told about, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne’s arcades and lanes hide many of these answers. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Uncover tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with some yummy snacks.  There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. See many local stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon. Make a day of it in marvellous Melbourne. Step inside the opulent Royal Arcade to window-shop the upscale boutiques lining this elegant, old world style indoor avenue. For a modern contrast, admire the vibrant street art along Hosier Lane an...

    Got to see a lot of corners of Melbourne we would otherwise never have experienced. The guide (Harriet) was knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to.

  • From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

    8. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

    Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite o...

    This tour of the great ocean road was spectacular. It is hard to put into words what the scenery was like breathtaking is all I can say.

  • Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

    9. Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

    Be picked up in Melbourne CBD in the early morning. After a short, 20-minute drive, you’ll find yourself out in the urban Australian wilderness. There, you can view iconic Aussie wildlife up close and personal. Visit a selection of beautiful parks including, Westerfolds Park, Candlebark Park, Warrandyte Park, and Plenty Gorge. The specific park chosen will depend on times and weather conditions. Your first activity is a mountain bike ride along riverside trails through the Aussie bush. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats and kangaroos, and listen out for birdlife. You’ll spend about an hour riding the various trails before stopping for a flask of fresh Melbourne coffee as your paddleboard is set up. Your guide is also a certified SUP instructor and will give you all necessary instructions on standup paddleboarding. Afterward, cruise along on your paddleboard for around an hour. As you ...

  • From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

    10. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

    Depart the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) early in the morning, and travel inland to arrive at the "Shipwreck Coast" before the rest of the tour buses arrive. See the beautiful limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps without the crowds. Hear the story of Loch Ard as you step down into a gorge carved by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. Then, drive back along the Great Ocean Road, waving at the other tour buses as they pass in the opposite direction. Stretch your legs in the Otway Ranges on a guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Drive back to the coastal road and visit the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Continue along the coast, traveling a twisting route with spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Stop in Kennett River to look for koalas in ...

    Overall the general day was good but the main feature, 12 Apostles, was very disappointing because of cloud/mist cover. The principle of getting there early to avoid the crowds is great if you get to see the main attraction. I thought given the weather the trip could have been slightly re-arranged to ensure main feature was viewable. The other events on the day, Koalas was good but you seem to cram a great deal into the day not always getting enough time at the main features.

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What people are saying about Melbourne City Centre

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 867 reviews

The chocolate tour was very enjoyable. We had a lovely time visiting each place and sampling the chocolate. Our tour guide Amanda was very knowledgeable and had a great rapport which made our tour a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

Peter if a great host and driver. Really enjoyed my day, even though i'm not a big wine drinker. Tour ran to schedule and we had plenty of time at each location.

We had a fabulous time. Mel was so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to learn so much about the city we live in. The food and beverages were amazing too xx

Got to see a lot of corners of Melbourne we would otherwise never have experienced. The guide (Harriet) was knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to.

I loved the whole tour, Julie was great and would recommend this tour to everyone