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Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

1. Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

Experience the sights of Melbourne from a unique water level perspective. Melbourne’s Yarra River is an excellent location for new paddlers to experience kayaking for the first time, or for experienced kayakers to enjoy a stunning paddle through the scenic waterways. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour, as patient guides will be with you every step of the way. Make use of a fleet of fibreglass sea kayaks, which are extremely stable and easy to operate. The tour meets just before sunset in Victoria Harbor, part of the modern Docklands precinct in the west end of the city. After a short safety briefing and paddling technique session on dry land, set off for an exploration of the sights in Victoria Harbor before tying up to a dock in a beautiful marina. Stay seated in your boats to be served fish and chips for a very special on-the-water dining experience.  After your meal continue your tour upstream, under the Bolte Bridge and through to Melbourne’s lively downtown. Kayaking past the Crown Casino and alongside stylish Southbank, continue past Flinders Street Railway Station and beneath historic Princes Bridge before arriving at the approach to Melbourne’s sporting precinct. Enjoy the sights and sounds from your unique vantage point as the sun goes down and the city comes to life. Your tour ends at the boat landing area at the Rowing Sheds, right in the heart of Melbourne, and directly across the river from Federation Square.

Melbourne: Hidden Alleyways, Ghosts and Best Instagram Spots

2. Melbourne: Hidden Alleyways, Ghosts and Best Instagram Spots

Your tour departs at 8.30pm, please arrive at 8.20pm for check-in outside Young & Jackson Hotel Corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street for the start of a tour that will take you back to the 19th-century and reveal some of the city’s favourite haunts. Dive down hidden lanes and past iconic landmarks, including Flinders Street Station, Hosier Lane, and Parliament House. Hear stories from when the spices of China Town masked the smoke of the opium dens. Discover poor houses and the home of the genteel who did anything necessary to advance medical science. Visit the locations of Melbourne's most tragic crimes, such as the Gun Alley murder. Try to make contact with the city’s most famous ghost, the opera singer Federici whose most dramatic performance saw him plummet to his death in front of the audience. Explore whether Jack the Ripper lurked the streets of Melbourne. Then, end the night in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown of the Western world. The tour meanders through hidden laneways and visits Melbourne's most instagrammed spots. Tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Day Tour

3. From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Day Tour

Firstly, we’ll head to Ballarat, a perfect example of an old town that prospered during the gold rush. It’s a charming city with 19th-century buildings, manicured gardens, and history. We’ll take a complete town tour, taking you through the impressive streets, past notable churches, and the Eureka Stockade Centre. We’ll also visit Lake Wendouree while in the area before moving on to Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a well-known heritage park that sits on the site of the richest gold rush in the entire world. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most pivotal parts of history, including the Red Hill Gully Diggings and Main Street. Explore a labyrinth of passages and original mine shafts hidden deep under Sovereign Hill. Head underground and experience what life was like for a miner. Discover the wins, losses, hardship and heartache. Visit some of Melbourne’s most popular places, including: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cooks' Cottage and Fitzroy Gardens, Flinders Street Station, and Federation Square.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour

4. Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour

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 Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. 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 Haunted: Vampire Search Outdoor Escape Game

6. Melbourne Haunted: Vampire Search Outdoor Escape Game

Discover Melbourne’s dark history and attractions as you explore the city by playing a quest game with your friends and family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that location is revealed to you. Discover the first train station built in Australia, learn about the story of the ghosts of the Princess Theatre and learn more about the infamous nude painting of Melbourne. Simply download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit that will allow you to go at your own pace. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller teams and compete against each other.

Melbourne: Yarra River Twilight Waterbike Tour

7. Melbourne: Yarra River Twilight Waterbike Tour

Discover the bends of the iconic Yarra River that runs through the vibrant city of Melbourne. Pass by famous landmarks while riding a fun waterbike on a guided journey and learn about all the major sites sitting on the edge of the river, as well as some of the main bridges. After an informative safety briefing, you'll be taken to your waterbike and given a lifejacket before heading upriver to explore the Botanical Gardens and views of the Government House. Turning under the Swan Street Bridge, pass the iconic Rod Laver Arena Precinct, with MCG in the background. Ride along Birrarung Marr Park and continue downriver. Pass under the Princes Bridge into the heart of Melbourne, past Flinders Street Station and SEA Life Aquarium with the Rialto building towering in the background. Turn at Webb Bridge, taking in Yarra's Edge Marine before passing the Polly Woodside Tallship and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Continuing upstream, pass Crown Casino, the South Bank precinct with Eureka Tower soaring to the skyline above. See Arts Centre Melbourne before once again passing under Princes Bridge and finishing back at the rowing sheds along Boathouse Drive, directly across the Yarra River from Federation Square.

Melbourne: Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

8. Melbourne: Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know the Melbourne City Centre at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Majorca Building", "Flinders Street Station", "AC/DC Lane" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the "State Library of Victoria" and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the AC/DC Lane. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Melbourne: City Exploration Game with Bar and Cafe Stops

9. Melbourne: City Exploration Game with Bar and Cafe Stops

Explore Melbourne at your own leisure with an exciting mobile scavenger hunt game. Decipher clues as a group and unlock locations throughout the city. Stop by landmarks, learn about Melbourne's history, and make stops at some local favorite cafes and bars. Start the adventure at Flinders Street Station in central Melbourne. Receive clues to your phone and solve them to unlock new locations and continue the walk. Interact with your surroundings to decipher the puzzles and discover facts about the city's history. Choose to stop by three recommended cafes and bars. The first is a buzzy, open-air bar with DJs and graffiti-covered walls. Continue along the route to reach the second suggested spot, an avant-garde cafe with panoramic views, serving eclectic food and inventive cocktails. Complete the walk at your own pace and finish at a craft wine and beer bar by Federation Square, serving Australian cuisine on a riverside terrace. After the adventure, submit photos of your experience for the chance to win a prize in the monthly challenge.

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What people are saying about Flinders Street Station

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 98 reviews

The night time food walking tour was excellent and one of the best tours we have ever been on. Our guide Hugo was excellent and tried to accommodate our individual tastes. The tour was very flexible, if a place was too busy we would move on we still did 6 stops and had more than enough to eat, we were full at the end of the night. Every stop was unique and delicious, Hugo politely broadened our taste horizon while being very careful to make sure he wasn't pushing us too far out of our comfort zone. Hugo was engaging and very informative we learned lots about Melbourne history and the development of it's unique food culture. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Fantastic activity to do. Really see the city in a different way. The crew were fantastic and had great nuggets of information about the city while enroute. Food supplied was also great!

Charlotte made our tour very enjoyable! She was entertaining and theatrical with her stories and we enjoyed the tour very much!

It was an incredible experience to see the city from the water

Timia was a great guide, awesome experience, highly recommend.