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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

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

Enjoy morning views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge, at just under 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers). You are embarking on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road! The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road takes in some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. You will make plenty of scenic stops, including a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View and a stop at Kennet River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild Koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Then it is on to Apollo Bay for a chance to walk around the famous coastal town. Afterwards, follow the Great Ocean Road away from the water and into the mountains. Proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges and stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool, temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Continue to Port Campbell National Park, with its iconic array of rock formations. Be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne at the beautiful township of Colac, before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

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– Greenstone is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley, an hour's drive from Melbourne. The Winery and Cellar Door, which are nestled in to the base of the Christmas Hills, have unparalleled views of the Estate vineyard and Great Dividing ranges. It is here that winemaking operations are carried out, making Greenstone one of the most progressive wineries in the valley. 12:00 PM– Balgownie Estate: One of the Yarra Valley’s jewels, Balgownie Estate is a stylish winery featuring great views and an excellent restaurant, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a glass of the Estate’s wine. And, of course, there are more great wines to taste at the Balgownie cellar door. 01:30 PM– Yering Farm: This stop is one of the Yarra Valley’s most charming boutique wineries. Yering Farm boasts stunning views and a delightful sense of heritage. At the cellar door you’ll have the opportunity to experience traditionally-made wines and to see the antique copper wine-making equipment used by the Yarra Valley’s pioneer vignerons. 02:15 PM – Soumah of Yarra Valley: The cool climate allows this winery to specialize in styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and south eastern France. With awards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, you’ll be sure to find something pleasing while overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyard and the majestic Warramate Hills. 03:30 PM: Depart the Yarra Valley for Melbourne. 04:30–05:00 PM: Return to drop off stations.

Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

3. Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

Begin your full-day gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley with an exclusive farm gate visit to Yarra Farm Fresh, for a palate-cleansing fruit tasting experience. You’ll sample a range of freshly made juices and other locally made products. Next you’ll travel to one of the valley’s iconic wineries, Balgownie Estate, to enjoy a tasting from their extensive range of quality wines. Learn how to swirl and sniff like true connoisseurs, while sampling some of the very finest cool-climate wines. At the Yarra Valley Dairy the amazing products will truly melt in your mouth. The cheeses here are stunning and will have your taste buds working overtime! Stop for lunch at the fabulous Rochford Wines and enjoy choose from four different main meals, with a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Take some time to explore the gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views from Rochford’s famous lookout tower. After lunch, make your way to one of Australia’s great wineries and member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Yering Station. Home of Victoria’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1838, the wines here are of exceptional quality and a tasting here is not to be missed. The final destination is the amazing Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Here you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of the spectacular delights handcrafted by the chocolaterie’s French and Belgian chocolatiers.

From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

4. From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne CBD, you will explore the world-famous Great Ocean Road on this full-day tour. Spend the day exploring the coast, but also see koalas and birds in their natural habitat as well as going on a guided forest walk to see some of the tallest trees in the world. All of this on top of the iconic coastal favorites such as the Torquay Surf Beach, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, and Gibson Steps, with plenty of photo opportunities provided along the way. With the exception of lunch and dinner, all of the below is included in the price of the tour. Torquay Surf Beach Stop here to get your first taste of the stunning coastal scenery. You will be able to view the world-famous Bells Surfing Beach. Take some great coastal photos and smell the fresh seaside air. Morning tea Included with the tour. Great Ocean Road sign Snap a selfie at this iconic location to send to your friends and family. Koalas and Parrots Witness koalas and colorful parrots in their natural environment. Your experienced guide knows just where to go. Apollo Bay lunch stop Here, you'll stop at the coastal town of Apollo Bay where you can purchase your lunch from one of the many restaurants and cafes on offer. You can also walk around the coastal town or even take a swim on the beach if the weather suits. Guided Forest Walk Your guide will take you on a forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. You will also take in the wonderful fresh natural smells the trees have to offer. The Gibson Steps Here (tide and wind permitting), you will be able to see some of the 12 Apostles from sea level on the beach. Seeing these amazing rock formations is a truly incredible experience. 12 Apostles Take your time to view the world-famous 12 Apostles, an awesome sight with fantastic photo opportunities. Find out firsthand why these limestone beauties are known all around the world. Loch Ard Gorge The final stop, and perhaps the best, is Loch Ard Gorge, a magnificent formation of rocks by the sea. Ground-level viewing will provide you with an optimal viewing angle. Dinner Stop Stop at Colac on the way home, where you can purchase dinner from one of the many restaurants and cafes. After dinner, you will return you to your CBD hotel.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most acclaimed destinations. This meandering road twists and turns to expose uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. Enjoy this full-day road trip traveling by medium sized mini-bus. In small groups of no more than 24 people, this nature loving day trip is a brilliant way to discover the impressive coastline and rainforest of Victoria. Travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road and pass the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Pass through the scenic towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. There are plenty of opportunities to see the native wildlife, get a glimpse of cute koalas and a variety of birds. Discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the 12 Apostles where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. Snap a memorable photo before you begin your journey back to Melbourne.

Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

6. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterwards, make a final landing, pack the balloon away and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

7. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Start your day with a convenient pickup from selected hotels in Melbourne. From here, board your comfortable tour vehicle and begin your journey as you depart from Melbourne. On your tour you will get the opportunity to spot some famous Australian animals, stop at a lighthouse and take in the wild scenery as you breathe in the fresh air. There will also be plenty of stops along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave.

Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

8. Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Get bird's eye views of Melbourne and its surroundings at sunrise as you float over the city in a hot air balloon. Melbourne is the only major city around the world that you can traverse by hot air balloon. Help to inflate the hot air balloon at the start of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, drift over the parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most livable city. Look down onto iconic sports venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park, and Albert Park, home to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Treat a loved one to a romantic gift and get a unique peek at the city from above. Upgrade to a sparkling wine breakfast at the end of your flight for the ultimate experience.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

9. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up or meet at the pickup location in the morning and drive to the launch field. You will be taken up-wind to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed.  After about 30 minutes, the balloon will be inflated and ready for flight. Once all passengers are on board and after a short safety briefing, up you go to enjoy the stunning views Melbourne has to offer. Discover the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, Melbourne's fantastic parks and botanical gardens from the best vantage point there is - a hot air balloon. Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends. Don't worry if it's a cloudy day. Sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly and the pilot will use the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. The ground crew will follow during the flight and meet at the landing spot. The pilot will maneuver the winds to guide the aircraft to the landing site where, after touching down, the gear will be packed away and you will be driven back to the meeting point.

Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

10. Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

Set sail on a whale spotting cruise and keep an eye out for whales undertaking their annual migration. As you cruise, you’ll see coastal formations and remote beaches including, Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, and Refuge Cove. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route along the Wilsons Promontory coastline. In addition to whale spotting, you’ll search for diverse marine wildlife including, shy albatrosses, Australian fur seals, and dolphins. To make sure you don’t miss anything, the captain will provide commentary along the way. Enjoy morning tea and a homemade lunch as you cruise along the coastline.

Frequently asked questions about Melbourne Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Melbourne?

5 best day trips from Melbourne

Day trip to the Yarra Valley

1. Day trip to the Yarra Valley

Travelers looking to take a day trip from Melbourne often head to the Yarra Valley. The region is best known for being a center of wine production in Australia. Oenophiles can enjoy sampling the goods at wineries like Oakridge, Coombe Farm, and Domaine Chandon. Beyond wine, travelers can see points of interest like the Mont de Lancy Historic Homestead, the foodie paradise of Healesville, the Healesville Sanctuary (home to cuddly koalas), and the scenic Puffing Billy Steam Railway.

How far is the Yarra Valley from Melbourne?

The Yarra Valley is located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Melbourne, depending on where you’re located. On average, it takes about an hour to reach the Yarra Valley by car. From the Lilydale train station, the journey is a little over an hour. The journey by bus from Melbourne is also about an hour.

Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula

2. Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula

Leisure is the name of the game on the Mornington Peninsula, making it the perfect choice for a fun escape from the city. First thing on the agenda at “the Ninch” is to hit the beach. The peninsula’s amazing beaches are lined with colorful bathing boxes that are a hot commodity in the area. Some favorite spots are Sorrento and St. Andrews. Aside from outdoor recreation, discover the 19th-century McCrae Homestead or the museum and submarine at HMAS Cerberus for a sense of the area’s history.

How far is the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne?

Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Melbourne, by car it takes around an hour to get to the Mornington Peninsula. A combination of the train and bus will get you there in just under two hours.

Day trip to Ballarat

3. Day trip to Ballarat

Travelers who embark on an adventure to Ballarat will be swept back in time. This gold rush boomtown is best known today for the living history museum of Sovereign Hill. Walk the streets of this recreated 1850’s town and see how people lived back in Ballarat’s beginnings. Once you’ve struck it rich, the town has other fascinating points of interest. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat Wildlife Park, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat all warrant a look on your trip.

How far is Ballarat from Melbourne?

It will take around an hour and a half to drive the 116 kilometers (72 miles) to Ballarat by car or to take the train from Melbourne.

Day trip to the Great Ocean Road

4. Day trip to the Great Ocean Road

Regularly called one of the most beautiful drives in the world, a day trip down the coastal Great Ocean Road should be on any traveler’s bucket list. Don’t miss the many landmarks along this famous waterside route. Snap a photo of the iconic rock stacks of 12 Apostles, rising up from the ocean, or tempt the awesome waves of Bells Beach.

How far is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?

The beginning of the Great Ocean Road is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Melbourne in Torquay, around one hour by car. As the road itself is the attraction, you can go for as long or as little as you please. This is one day trip that really has to be done by road, so skip the train or bus for this excursion.

Day trip to Phillip Island

5. Day trip to Phillip Island

Best known for its wildlife, Phillip Island is one of the most beloved day trip destinations from Melbourne. Travelers flock to Phillip Island Nature Park to watch the parade of penguins come ashore every evening. Other than the penguins, people can also visit the Koala Conservation Center, hang ten at the popular surfer spot of Woolamai Beach (or simply admire the beach’s craggy Pinnacle Lookout), and pet the sheep at Victoria’s first farm, Churchill Island Heritage Farm.

How far is Phillip Island from Melbourne?

Leave some extra time for the 142-kilometer (88 miles) trip to Phillip Island, as it takes just under two hours by car. To get there by public transportation requires a combination of the train and bus, but the travel time is not much different.

Melbourne day trip FAQ

What is the best transportation option for my day trip?

With such a vast territory, it can be hard trying to figure out the best way to navigate the Melbourne area and the rest of Australia.
  • • Melbourne day trips by train

    Trains are neither the quickest nor the most affordable options for travel around Australia. Long distance train travel is a fun experience, but for day trips is probably not the best option.

  • • Melbourne day trips by bus

    Without a personal vehicle, bus travel is the best choice for your day trip, reaching destinations the train doesn’t for only a fraction of the price. Most tour companies operate larger tours by private bus as well.

  • • Melbourne day trips by car

    The car is king when it comes to getting around Australia and day trips from Melbourne. With a car, you can reach any destination without unnecessary stops and in private comfort.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip

A guided tour is highly recommended when it comes to day trips around Melbourne. Don’t worry about bus schedules, gas, or navigation, and simply enjoy the trip. Trips to locations like the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula benefit greatly from the convenience of a planned out itinerary and a guide’s insider knowledge.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What to pack depends somewhat on where you plan to go. Cold weather isn’t really an issue except in some specific areas, but light rain gear is a good idea any time of year. If you opt for a guided tour, they might give you everything you need for the day.


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What people are saying about Melbourne

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All the staff was well informed,helpful and friendly All the animals seemd well taken care of and in spacious enclosures. Things were well marked ,easy to read. Children are involved in helping in the park and there are a lot of activities for children The whole park is very well kept

The tour was fabulous and our guide Chris was amazing, always have a joke, his explanations on the bus were very interesting and his smile and happiness were contagious ! The scenic views and the great ocean road are a must see !

The trip was amazing, our Tour guide Tony was the highlight of the day! Locations are awesome but Tony really does make the experience 10/10

Awesome, excellent four guide (Peter) and lovely wineries/wines

Great value of money! Cloe, our guide was amazing.