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Melbourne: Complete City Walking Tour

1. Melbourne: Complete City Walking Tour

Experience Melbourne behind the scenes, uncovering unique and hidden laneways and street art. Explore the city with a local who can share the history of the city as well as point out things to do after your walking tour is done. See the real Melbourne on this tour. Conclude your tour near the Old Melbourne Gaol, where you will learn about Australia’s most infamous bush ranger. After your tour is finished, stop at a classic Australian pub where you can experience traditional Aussie food.

Melbourne: History and Donuts Walking Tour

2. Melbourne: History and Donuts Walking Tour

Our popular History & Donuts Walking Tour will take you through some of the city's most iconic laneways, giving you a chance to explore the city's rich history and culture up close. We'll start at Federation Square, a popular gathering spot and cultural hub that is home to a variety of events and exhibitions. From there, we'll head to Hosier Lane, a famous street art hotspot where you'll see colourful murals and graffiti created by some of Melbourne's most talented artists. Next, we'll visit St Paul's Cathedral, a beautiful and historic cathedral that has stood in the heart of the city for over 150 years. You'll get a chance to explore the cathedral's stunning architecture and learn about its rich history. After that, we'll stop by the Young & Jackson's Hotel, a historic hotel that is home to the famous "Chloe" painting, which has become an iconic symbol of Melbourne. Next, we'll take a break and grab a coffee at Centre Place, a bustling pedestrian alleyway filled with trendy cafes and restaurants. From there, we'll walk down Collins Street, a fashionable shopping and dining destination that is home to some of Melbourne's most iconic buildings. Along the way, we'll pass the Mitre Tavern, a historic pub that has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 150 years. We'll then continue on to Hardware Lane, a narrow pedestrian lane that is home to a variety of cozy cafes and restaurants. Shortly aftet Hardware Lane you'll get a chance to take a break and enjoy a donut to fuel up for the second half of the tour. Next, we'll visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison that operated from 1842 to 1929. This historical site is now a museum and is home to some of the city's most famous prisoners, including Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious outlaw. From the Old Melbourne Gaol, we'll continue on to Little Lon, a historic neighborhood that was once home to Melbourne's working class and was known for its brothels and pubs. Today, the area is home to trendy restaurants and cafes. We'll then make our way to Chinatown, Melbourne's vibrant and bustling Chinese quarter. Here, you'll find an array of delicious food options and colorful streets filled with traditional Chinese lanterns and architecture. Finally, we'll end our tour at the State Library Victoria, a beautiful and expansive library that houses over 2 million books and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. This is where our tour will finish, but we recommend checking out the Library while you're here. We recommend coming on an empty stomach - there's two donuts stops and a coffee stop on this tour! * This tour usually visits the Queen Victoria Market. The market is closed Monday's and Wednesdays and we use a slightly alternate route.

From Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Experience

3. From Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Experience

Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne with an early morning departure from the city. Make your way through the eastern suburbs towards the mountains of the Yarra Ranges National Park. Stop in the township of Healsville where you can purchase breakfast and stretch your legs as you breathe in the crisp fresh air. Then, wind your way through the Black Spur and pass through Marysville, before climbing to the top of Lake Mountain. Notice the change in scenery and benefit from spectacular views of the Cathedral Ranges as you get your first glimpse of the snow. Upon arrival at the top, put on your gloves and prepare for some fun. Benefit from 3 hours to hire a toboggan and hit the slopes, or build a snowman and throw snowballs at each other. Purchase a cross-country skiing lesson or go on a hike through the snow gums to the summit of Lake Mountain.  As your time on the mountain comes to an end, journey back down to take a short walk to the base of one of Victoria's highest waterfalls. Enjoy the splendid scenery at Steavenson Falls. Round off the day at the 'Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.' Savor free chocolate samples or one of their delicious hot chocolates, before returning to Melbourne where you will get dropped off in the inner city.

Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Guided Tour

4. Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Guided Tour

Leaving the CBD early morning and be taken straight to Lake Mountain with spectacular views as you drive up. Once at the top of the mountain enjoy 3 hours of snow play. Make a snow man, hire a toboggan, throw some snow balls or take a cross-country ski lesson.  In the afternoon take a visit to the wonderous Steavenson Falls, one of the tallest in Victoria with 5 cascades and a total descent of 122 meters. Enjoy a nature walk along the river to the base of this majestic waterfall. On your return to Melbourne make a stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-creamery where you can watch the chocolatiers at work and sample some of the free chocolate!

Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

5. Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

Learn why Melbourne's motto is "she gathers strength as she goes," and other fascinating urban trivia with your Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass. This sightseeing pass provides you with entry to many of the city's premier locations, letting you experience 3, 5, or 7 city highlights during a flexible 3-month period. Select the number of sightseeing destinations you wish to explore, and then discover them for yourself during a convenient 3-month period. Choose from an impressive array of Melbourne's top things to see and do. Included Attractions: • Melbourne Skydeck • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass • Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Cook's Cottage • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and Garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour • Entermission Melbourne

Melbourne:Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

6. Melbourne:Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Melbourne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. Reveal 10 of the most important attractions in the city as you walk. Uncover clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Have fun using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game.  At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Feel the thrill of completing each challenge. Have the freedom to start or stop whenever you want. See the city at your own pace. Learn interesting information and facts about the city. Snap pictures as you go. Complete a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction. Start your tour at St. Paul's Cathedral! Visit the historic Melbourne City Hall. Photograph the miraculous Church of St Francis and marvel at the fairytale State Library Victoria. The Old Melbourne Gaol leaves you speechless with its strange beauty, it was a prison that became a museum! Swim back in time and enjoy the architecture at these historic Public Baths! The Queen Victoria Market will captivate you, you've never seen anything busier, it's worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The relaxing Flagstaff Gardens will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and relax! The Hellenic Museum will show you the importance of Hellenism in Australia as well. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium with its unique marine life!

From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine Grazing Tour

7. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine Grazing Tour

Eat and drink your way through the stunningly exquisite Yarra Valley on a tour from Melbourne. Visit traditional wineries and learn about the process of Australian winemaking. Sip award-winning wine and ciders whilst being surrounded by spectacular landscapes. Taste fresh produce and chocolate. Start the day with an indulgent feast for your senses, at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery with an exclusive behind-the-scenes chocolate tasting. Over 250 handcrafted chocolates are available for purchase, as well as a variety of free chocolate samples to enjoy. Visit three boutique wineries and cellar-door estates, such as St Huberts, Boat O’Craigo, and Medhurst Wines. In some cases, the itinerary and winery stops will need to be modified due to unforeseen circumstances, such as group sizes, special events, and cellar-door closures. Enjoy free time in Healesville, grab lunch and discover the gateway town to the Yarra Valley. See the Yarra Valley through local eyes rather than being shuttled from one winery to another. Whilst in Healesville, explore the local shops, cafes, and restaurants or pop into Four Pillars Gin Distillery, Matilda Bay Brewery, or Alchemy Distillers. Finally, enjoy a relaxing ride back to Melbourne.

Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Chocolate Tour

8. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Chocolate Tour

Discover the best wine and local produce that the Yarra Valley region has to offer on a guided day tour around the region. Guests can enjoy chocolate samples at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery and watch the chocolatiers at work. With ample time here to pick up some sweet treats and goodies to take home. Then, sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Yarra Valley with each winery selected for its excellent cellar door experience. The cool climate region provides the perfect growing conditions for all varietals, famous for its Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Chardonnay, some of which you will get to sample throughout the day. Take some free time to explore Healesville township. Stroll by the boutique shops, artist galleries, and grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes or popular pubs. You can even pop into Alchemy Distillery for a quick tasting (own expense). End your tour with a visit to a final cellar, for tastings of red and white wines.

Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download our handy APP or a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the modern and diverse city of Melbourne, a city famous for its culture and the arts. In this audio tour, you'll be captivated by Flinders Street Station, the largest market in the southern hemisphere, and the Old Melbourne Gaol where the infamous Ned Kelly was executed. You will also see St Paul's Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Primate of Australia, built in 1891.  Other worthwhile haunts include; the Immigration Museum, the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, the Queen Victoria Market, the State Library of Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building, the State Parliament Building, the Old Treasury and the Town Hall.

Melbourne: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

10. Melbourne: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at St. Paul's Cathedral! Visit the historic Melbourne City Hall. Photograph the miraculous Church of St Francis and marvel at the fairytale State Library Victoria. The Old Melbourne Gaol leaves you speechless with its strange beauty, it was a prison that became a museum! Swim back in time and enjoy the architecture at these historic Public Baths! The Queen Victoria Market will captivate you, you've never seen anything busier, it's worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The relaxing Flagstaff Gardens will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and relax! The Hellenic Museum will show you the importance of Hellenism in Australia as well. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium with its unique marine life! Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

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What people are saying about Old Melbourne Gaol

I loved everything about the Melbourne History and Donuts Tour. Tony showed us some wonderful hidden gems of Melbourne as well as some of the iconic landmarks. His little stories and information were really interesting and informative. We are local to Melbourne and chose to use the tour to highlight our city to international guests. I learnt so much about our city and Tony did a much better job than I would have done on my own. It was very worthwhile.

We had miles as a tour guide and he was awesome Very knowledgeable and kind He explained everything well We had such a good time listening to all the great history of Melbourne and checked out the cool laneways and great doughnuts! Thank you so much!

Great tour, thoroughly enjoyed it- time spent at each stop was perfect, interesting history and the donuts were 10/10

It was great. Simon was a fantastic host and a true foodie. Thanks for the experience.

Ant, our tour guide, was very friendly and personable. A fun way to explore Melbourne.