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Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

1. Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

Travel in the world's first custom-built amphibious boats, designed for cruising waters in comfort and safety. Witness the iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria's first marine national park. Discover a rugged and raw coast like no other as you explore The Glennies, Anderson Islets, and Anser Island. Marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon, situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach, before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer you get. Search for abundant wildlife including thousands of seals, dolphins, and migrating whales.

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Pentridge Prison: 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour with Special Access

2. Pentridge Prison: 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour with Special Access

With 44 bodies buried on-site and a who’s who of Australia’s criminal underworld having called Pentridge home, it's no wonder the facility is haunted by its past. Get access to buildings closed to the public as your personal ghost guide takes you on an eerie 2-hour tour for adults only. Enter the site and begin your tour of Pentridge Prison, D Division, built in 1850. The first prisoners arrived at the prison in 1851, and it was officially in 1997. Learn about the dark side of Australia's most famous prison. Ronald Ryan was the last man executed at Pentridge Prison, and in Australia. He was hanged in D Division at 08:00 on 3 February 1967 after being convicted of the shooting death of a prison officer during a botched escape from the prison. Later that day, Ryan's body was buried in an unmarked grave within the D Division facility.

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MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

3. MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

Experience the highlights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a tour including a visit to the famous MCC Long Room, the players’ changing rooms, the cricketers' viewing room, and the Ron Casey Media Centre. After your guided a walk through the arena, take in the Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, and head to the Melbourne City Terrace for views of the stunning skyline.   Next, visit the all-new Australian Sports Museum for a truly memorable experience. This isn’t your typical museum: it’s an exciting, interactive, and ever-changing experience where the latest technology has been used to create immersive exhibits and galleries.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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Melbourne: City and Garden Tour in Horse-Drawn Carriage

6. Melbourne: City and Garden Tour in Horse-Drawn Carriage

There’s no better way to experience the style and charm of Melbourne than by horse-drawn carriage on a 1-hour tour. Enjoy the aesthetic of immaculately presented drivers wearing traditional coachman attire. After greeting your friendly driver, meet your beautiful Percheron horses and give them a pat. Board your comfortable carriage and set off to see the magical sights of Melbourne. Along the way, pass by the Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queen Victoria Gardens, the Yarra River, the Shrine of Remembrance, Princess Theatre, Parliament House, St. Patrick's Cathedral, China Town and more. Take advantage of plenty of fantastic photo opportunities to make this an experience you’ll remember forever. Alternatively, pick the 30-minute 'Garden Tour' option and pass along the Yarra River. Then see sights such as the Melbourne Art Center, Queen Victoria Gardens, National Gallery, King Domain Gardens, The Shrine of Remembrance, Myer Music bowl, and Victoria Barracks.

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Melbourne: Murders and Crime - City Ghost Tour

7. Melbourne: Murders and Crime - City Ghost Tour

Let one of Melbourne’s top-rated ghost tour guides take you on the exploration of the haunted and horrific past of Melbourne. Traverse through historic streets that tell tales of their gruesome past and learn of the city’s most haunted sites. Explore and potentially unlock the mystery of one of the world’s most notorious killers. Could the infamous Jack the Ripper have been Melbourne murderer Frederick Bailey Deeming?  Who are the spiritual beings said to inhabit the city? Learn of them, including Dame Nellie Melba’s eerie presence and of her parties that are thrown at one of Melbourne’s most historic venues, The Hotel Windsor, almost a century after her death. Retrace the footsteps of The Singing Strangler, A U.S. marine stationed in Australia during WWII fixated with the voices of young women.  Uncover the ghastly Melbourne underworld and hear salacious stories of prostitution and former opium dens as you wind through Chinatown. Learn the history of the famous Madame Brussels and the politicians and corrupt cops that frequented her establishments. Be led along the Yarra River to relive the story of the most gruesome discovery in Melbourne’s history, the Body in the Box. Learn of the horror find, the morbid response, and the answer to the mystery of the cities most gruesome criminal act. What is the connection between our most haunted pub and Melbourne’s high society? Wind-down after a whirlwind tour with a refreshing beverage at one of Melbourne’s favorite pubs.

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Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne General Admission

8. Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne General Admission

Booking online is the only way to guarantee entry at any given time-slot, as tickets are limited. Enjoy access to 12 attractions inside Legoland! These include: • MiniLand • Lego 4D cinema • Kingdom Quest • Merlins apprentice ride • Lego factory tour • Lego creative workshop • Lego city fire academy • Lego racers build and test • Duplo farm • Earthquake tables • Lego friends • Lego shop Tuck into a tasty, freshly-made sandwich or salad at the cafe. Unwind with a latte or indulge in an ice-cream treat.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

9. 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 their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue your journey and stop at Memorial Arch, where a sign honors the workers that built the road. Return to Melbourne for the end of your perfect Great Ocean Road experience.

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From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

10. From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

Capture the essence of the Australian coastline and this incredible region in the luxury comfort of a Mercedes Benz custom-fitted tour vehicle with a local guide. See nature's wonders, including the 12 Apostles, and tuck into delicious local food and drinks along the way. In a group of no more than 11 guests you’ll enjoy a personalized door-to-door experience that ensures plenty of leg room on a long journey. During your adventure, your expert guide will help you explore a host of gorgeous locations including the coastal townships of Lorne and Apollo Bay. You’ll stop off for a delicious morning tea at a secluded beach setting before enjoying a guided walk through the ancient Otway rainforest and then feasting on a tasty lunch at a modern cafe in Apollo Bay. After lunch, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking 12 Apostles and magnificent surroundings on the coastline, spotting unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, and an array of native birds. All the while your expert guide will share local knowledge about the authentic Australian way of life. The drive back to your city hotel will take the inland route through Colac to round off an unforgettable journey.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

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4.6 / 5

based on 654 reviews

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. The guide was very informative and explained things in great detail. Definitely worth putting on the list for the next time you're in Melbourne.

It is a thrilling ride. Got the blood flowing through my veins! Rock formations and wildlife is spectacular. Commentary is excellent.

It was a really nice day. We stopped for a lot of beautiful views. Matt, our tour guide, was super friendly and knowledgeable.

not enough time do do everything on offer...had a blast safe to say the adults were exhausted!!

It was a great experience, especially on a cold winter's night. Highly recommend it!!!