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Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

1. Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

Situated in Federation Square in the heart of the city, chill and enjoy a drink at Melbourne’s only ice bar — a must for tourists and locals alike. Geared up in special snow wear, make your way through the doors of the explorer's ship and into the sub-zero temperatures on the other side.   This is a truly unique Arctic experience for people of all ages, so don’t leave your little explorers at home. People under the age of 18 are welcome until 7 PM. You'll be surrounded by over 30 tones of expertly sculpted ice.  The ice bar is also within walking distance of many other major Melbourne attractions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Botanical Gardens, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eureka Sky Deck, and Bourke Street Mall.

Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

2. Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

Melbourne is one of the world's great bar cities, but you'll have hard time finding these bars. Tourists frequent Flinders Street, Swanston Street, and Elizabeth Street — places that can be the worst tourists traps in Melbourne.  To find the truly great bars, you must venture out into the areas your mother told you to avoid — dark, dingy, scary laneways. Inside, you'll find secret speakeasies, some marked only by a simple light post. Some bars masquerade as something else, and access is only granted if you know the secret password.  These bars don't advertise because they don't need to — word of mouth carries their business. To find the best bars of the moment, you need a local with a finger on the pulse of what's hot...  Join your local guide and discover 4 great bars in 3 hours. Get access to drink specials available only for your group. Meet local bartenders and bar owners and hear about what makes them so passionate. Get a special, customized map with recommendations for other bars to visit in Melbourne. Whatever you do, come thirsty!

Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

3. Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the food and wine scene of Melbourne on an exciting culinary walk, and experience a gastronomic culture that borders on the obsessive! Sip a delicious cup of coffee, sample some sublime dumplings and sneak in a sweet treat (or two!) before finishing it all off with a drink at a bar the locals love. Discover some of Melbourne’s hidden highlights, tucked down lanes, alleys and arcades off the main streets. Hear about the history of the city and the future of the city while tasting some delicious morsels along the way. Your expert guide will provide the key to a variety of fun spots. Even locals may discover a few new sites! Go to one of the city's grand 19th-century arcades, and dive down grungy looking alleys filled with street art. Venture into small lanes steeped in local history and filled with cafés and boutique stores. Encounter an underground art gallery, and end with a drink to toast the end of the tour at a bar the locals love! 

Melbourne: 45-Minute Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure

4. Melbourne: 45-Minute Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure

Put on your VR headset and get ready to travel back in time. From ancient Egypt to the moon landing, solve puzzles and face challenges so you and your team of 2-4 players can save the world. Enjoy a virtual reality adventure which blends the escape room concept with a full 3D cinematic experience to deliver a unique, immersive, and mind-blowing time, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Each player has their own dedicated room. Join each other in the virtual world where you can talk to each other, walk around, bend, throw objects, and collaborate to solve the mission. Conclude your virtual reality experience with a dress-up photoshoot.

Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

5. Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

Explore the eastern side of the Melbourne Central Business District, home to some of our most famous and interesting laneways. This is the side of Melbourne most tourists and some locals never see.  Learn about the earliest founders, the cause of Melbourne love affair – and later fall out – with drinking, the rise of street art, a tragic case of miscarried justice, the 1851 gold rush, secret men’s clubs, and much more. Stop for drinks at three of Melbourne’s best bars, plus pass by a dozen or so more for you to jot down and visit another time. Spend about 30-45 minutes in each bar so you are not feeling rushed. Finally, receive a mystery gift at the end of the tour.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

6. Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

Discover another side of Melbourne once the sun has set on a night-time food walking tour. Explore hidden alleyways and weave through the crowd to taste delicious food at three unique hole-in-the-wall diners while soaking in the revelry of the night. Make your way to Gordon Reserve to meet your friendly guide and group for the night. Immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Melbourne as you pass through the crowds and by rowdy bars. Bounce from one hole-in-the-wall diner to another and stay on your feet to enjoy a tasty bite to eat. Don't wait any time at all between ordering and eating, you'll find the perfect greasy pizza joint in the back of the bar and a dumpling house with a Mandarin menu. Settle down your meal with a refreshing beer at a local bar to finish your tour. Take the chance to socialise with your group and anyone else you meet and decide where you're off to next.

Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

7. Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

Begin your tour at the Sir William Clarke Memorial next to the Old Treasury Building — a symbolic area of Melbourne and home to its Parliament. The order of the venues may change, but together with your guide you will visit a variety of favorite local watering holes. These may include a classic craft beer establishment, a laneway bar, a hidden speakeasy, and a rooftop bar.  Everyone has their favorite drink but you’ll be encouraged to try something different on this tour. Never tried whiskey? You'll be taken to a place where you can discover its charms. Want to check out some local wines? With the Yarra Valley just a stone’s throw away, it would be a sin not to taste some of the delectable wines in the region. The craft beer scene is currently exploding in Melbourne yet beer has always had a rich history in the city. You’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers and how beer nearly led to all alcohol being banned during the gold rush. Visit some of Melbourne’s most popular bars and have the opportunity to try concoctions from the following: A classic Aussie pub. Throw back a pot or a pint, as here’s where you’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers.A cocktail bar. Melbourne has some of the best mixologists around, but most of them are hidden in tiny, hidden cocktail bar laneways and survive on word of mouth alone. Visit a speakeasy-style bar and learn about how and why Melbourne’s laneway scene developed.Rooftop bars are a favorite place for Melbournians to gather and not just in summer. During winter, some rooftops add a marquee and heaters and carry on regardless. You’ll visit one of the most eclectic rooftop bars in the city.

Melbourne: Whisky Bars & Gin Joints

8. Melbourne: Whisky Bars & Gin Joints

During this tour, you will stop for tastings at three of Melbourne’s coolest whiskey and gin bars, including Melbourne’s oldest dedicated whisky bar and the only distillery in the CBD. You will taste different liquors and learn about the history of each spirit. Learn about the man dubbed the Ned Kelly of Victorian whisky, how Victoria – not Tasmania – led whiskey and gin production in the 19th and early 20th Century, and hear about the local distillery which was so good, its overseas owners demanded they lower their quality to stop beating foreign competitors. You will also learn fun facts about the rich global history of whisky and gin.

Hidden Bar Tour

9. Hidden Bar Tour

Join an experienced guide on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night and taste two great cocktails in two different bars while exploring and discovering Melbourne’s labyrinth of hidden bars. Many of the best bars in the city are easily missed if you don’t know where to look. A plain doorway could lead to a venue with a great vibe and wonderful drinks. Discover the hidden bar culture with an experienced guide and visit a number of venues around the city centre where you'll be treated to 2 fabulous complimentary cocktails. During the course of the evening, you will see up to 15 bars. Get ready to discover an interesting and alternative side to Melbourne.

Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

10. Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

Calling all beer fanatics! Looking for the perfect beer tour in Melbourne? You got it. Explore the best of the Melbourne brew scene on this thirst-quenching beer odyssey. Meet your guide in the up-and-coming Smith Street Precinct, and head straight to the first pub - no messing about! As you sip your first tasty brew, discover the roguish history of Melbourne's favorite drink, including alcohol bans at football matches and the famous "six o’clock swill." Sample some of Australia's finest tipples at the next bar which specializes in Aussie-made libations, then head to an increasingly renowned microbrewery to savor a cold one while watching the brewers at work. This unique place also makes its own gin, coffee and cheese! Finally discover secret watering holes at Melbourne's Laneway craft beer hotspot. From here you can carry on your evening with some recommendations from our local guide, or if you’re in too much of a beer/food coma, your guide will also be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Victoria, Australia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 23 reviews

We were lucky to have our guide, Melinda to ourselves which made the tour all the more special. The tour is a brilliant incentive that piques a real interest in Melbourne's fascinating architecture, gorgeous arcades and colourful laneways. The fact we were eating our way around the city as we were admiring our surroundings made the experience all the more fabulous.

An intriguing exploration of alleyways, lanes & buildings in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. Topped off by some delicious food experiences from obscure small eateries which we probably would we had not known about.

Such a great tour, learnt lots about the city whilst having a fun & informative walk through the lanes of Melbourne. Monique was great and the food was good, make sure you don’t eat before the tour starts.

We had an excellent time, I guide was super fun and we also met some really lovely people who were on the tour with us. Highly recommend.

I think it’s really good my son and I had a wonderful time In saving planet.