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Our most recommended Melbourne Garden & Park Tours

Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

1. Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s highlights while cruising along the breathtaking Yarra River. Cruise through downtown Melbourne on this sightseeing tour and listen to the on board commentary that will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy an hour aboard the riverboat as you cruise under the Princes Bridge and past top cultural attractions. Marvel at the magnificent riverbank gardens from the outside sun deck or through the panoramic windows from the inside cabin. On this tour you will also see Herring Island, Princes Bridge, the governor's residence, the Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Tennis Center. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea while relaxing and taking in the beautiful city sites. 

Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

2. Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

Get introduced to Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs and discover key landmarks on this guided biking trip with all the gear you need for a safe adventure. Take breaks, stop for an optional lunch, and get tips on what to do in town during the rest of your stay.  Whether you’re new to the city or have lived here your entire life, you’re guaranteed to learn all facets of Melbourne on this one all-encompassing tour. Hear about Melbourne’s founding, the Aboriginals, the Eureka Stockade, local war history, the importance of sports in the city, and much more. Make a stop in Fitzroy at a trendy cafe for lunch (costs not included). Alternatively, feel free to pack your own lunch to enjoy during this stop. During breaks, your guide will give you great tips on what to do whilst in town from events to the best spots to eat.

From Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

3. From Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

Day 1 - (L) Say goodbye to Melbourne for the next 2 days as you drive over the Westgate Bridge to the Great Ocean Road. Begin where the builders started construction in 1919, and wind your way along this iconic road with spectacular views the entire journey. Stop for morning tea shortly after you join the road before making your way to Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign) for a cheeky snap underneath. Continue to wind along through several seaside townships along the way. Along this stretch, your guide will get you out of the bus and help you spot wild koalas and native bird life among the trees, before stopping for lunch in the town of Apollo Bay with time to relax on the main beach, or try out some super flavors of ice-cream! After lunch the road leaves the coastline, then you're immersed in the ancient Otway rainforest. Breath in the crisp fresh air as your guide takes you on a guided walk through this magical wonderland. A little further along the road, you'll meet the ocean again on the Shipwreck Coast.  Marvel at the limestone monoliths known as the 12 Apostles and the rugged coastline that formed them. Hear the story of Loch Ard, and step down into this remote and isolated beach gorge that's been carved over one hundred years of erosion. A little further down the coast you will see the remains of London Bridge before driving into the heart of the Grampians National Park for your night's accommodation. Day 2 - (B) Wake up in the quaint town of Halls Gap to bounding kangaroos, and laughing kookaburras along with the calls of magpies and currawongs. Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before driving into the mountain ranges that form this spectacular national park. Be captured with panoramic vistas at every possible view point starting with Borkoa. Lookout as you look over the western plains of Victoria and down on your night's accommodation. Make your way to the geological icon of the Balconies for views into the Victoria Valley and to the most southern tip of the park. Walk down a series of over 250 stairs to the base of the majestic Mackenzie falls before learning about the rich Aboriginal culture of the Grampians (Gariwerd) at Brambuk Cultural Center. After stopping for lunch in Halls Gap, begin the journey back to Melbourne for a late afternoon arrival.

Oceans to Mountains Explorer: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

4. Oceans to Mountains Explorer: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Warrnambool Start your 3-Day adventure by exploring the world famous Great Ocean Road with its stunning ocean views and surf beaches. Spot wild koalas and take a guided rainforest walk before visiting the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles and other wonders of the Shipwreck Coast. Overnight in Warrnambool. Day 2: Warrnambool - Halls Gap On the second day, visit the Tower Hill Conservation Reserve, an extinct volcano, rich in Aboriginal history and an abundance of wildlife. Later hike up to the iconic Pinnacle lookout with an amazing view over the Grampians. Finish the day with a traditional Aussie BBQ and overnight stay in Halls Gap. Breakfast and dinner are included. Day 3: Halls Gap - Melbourne or Adelaide On the last day of the journey, hike to the base of Mackenzie Falls, then check out some other famed sights such as Boroka Lookout and The Balconies. After an incredible few days exploring the coastline and mountain ranges, we make our way back to Melbourne arriving around 5:30 PM. Alternatively if your traveling through to Adelaide you will arrive at 7:30 PM. Breakfast is included.

Melbourne: Bayside Cycling Tour with Refreshments

5. Melbourne: Bayside Cycling Tour with Refreshments

Meet your friendly guide and get kitted out with your bike gear, then hop on and hit the road where your Melbourne adventure awaits. The tour begins with a cycle around the urban villages of Brighton and Elwood, where you can see locals going about their day. Next, pedal through the beautiful St Kilda Botanical Gardens, a hidden treasure of the city Continue the tour to Acland Street Village, where you can get a sense of Australia's typically laid-back way of life. Pass by the famous Luna Park next, a historic beachside amusement park built in 1912 that is still open today. Enjoy a tranquil cycle along the beach’s foreshore from St Kilda to Brighton Bathing Boxes. Arrive at the iconic Brighton Baths, and enclosed saltwater swimming facility built in 1881. Stop and wander around whilst soaking up epic views of Melbourne’s skyline. Rest your legs and grab a coffee, tea, or soft drink before hopping back in the saddle. Ride past some of the city’s impressive beachside homes before ending the tour with a well-deserved wine, beer, cider, or soft drink.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

6. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

Leaving Melbourne city in the late morning, drive over the West Gate Bridge and begin your journey to the Great Ocean Road, starting along the Surf Coast. Stop at the Great Ocean Road Chocolatiers for free samples of their delicious creations. They also boast award-winning ice cream so you can start your tour off in proper holiday mode. Lunch can be purchased here at your own expense, or you are welcome to bring your own food to eat on the bus.  Enjoy the views of the "Round the Twist" lighthouse before stopping to take a picture with the Great Ocean Road sign at Memorial Arch. As the road twists and turns, your journey will continue along the coastline with stunning views. Your next tour stop will be to spot some koalas in their natural habitat, among the eucalyptus trees. As you pass through the seaside town of Apollo Bay, the road takes you away from the coastline and into the Otway Rainforest. Those ocean views will return though, as you reach the coastline again on the rugged Shipwreck Coast. Listen to the tale of the Loch Ard and take a walk down onto the sands of the gorgeous Loch Ard Gorge. As the sun sets over the Southern Ocean, your tour will arrive at the Twelve Apostles.  Having soaked in the beautiful views you will head back to the bus for our return journey. Stop for dinner (at your own expense) in a country town along the way. Relax and take in the countryside as the city lights of Melbourne begin to appear on the horizon.

From Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with Penguin Viewing

7. From Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with Penguin Viewing

You will be picked up by your driver and guide in a luxury vehicle and chauffeured to the iconic beachside suburb of St Kilda. We begin the St Kilda experience at the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, the lesser known botanic garden of Melbourne. From here the tour progresses through the main shopping street of St Kilda, the famous Acland St, and onto St Kilda Beach where we can six, relax and take in the sunset. After dark it's time to take a visit to the Little Penguins who reside in their sanctuary at the end of the pier. This penguin sanctuary is one of the best kept tourist secrets in Melbourne. Although you won't be allowed to touch them or take photos with a flash, you will be able to see and hear them from up close. A real nature experience. As we make our way back to your vehicle we take the back streets of St Kilda so that you can learn about the very unusual and specific architecture that can be found in the hidden parts of the suburb.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

8. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

Departing late morning from Melbourne we join the Great Ocean Road making our first stop at the new Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for delicious chocolate samples and a chance to purchase a delicious hot chocolate or coffee. You will then follow the twists and turns of the breathtaking Great Ocean Road enjoying spectacular coastal photo opportunities. Stop off to see cuddly koalas in the wild before traveling onto the seaside town of Apollo Bay. You will have time to purchase lunch and dinner before we continue the journey Driving through rolling hills of the Otway National Park, you will head towards Port Campbell National Park and the hear some of the tragic tales about the shipwreck coast and view remarkable rock formations at Loch Ard Gorge. The final stop of the day is the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles to watch the sun sinking behind these stunning rock formations. En route back to Melbourne we stop off at the township of Colac for dinner (not included).

Melbourne: Brighton Beach Treasure Hunt and Coin Cleaning

9. Melbourne: Brighton Beach Treasure Hunt and Coin Cleaning

Even more fun, adventure, excitement and learning is what the Melbourne Treasure Hunt is all about. A longer and more comprehensive tour than Melbourne Treasure Hunt 101, this tour includes a workshop on equipment use and silver coin cleaning, as well as an additional location to explore. A more advanced treasure hunting tour that will take you to some of Melbourne's most iconic locations - except with a big difference. You will explore these locations with metal detecting equipment in order to look for treasure! The only tour of this kind in Melbourne!! A truly unique way of getting to know Melbourne and its history guided by an internationally experienced metal detectorist and treasure hunter. You will be picked up by your driver and guide and taken to Brighton Beach where you will be taught how to use the various pieces of treasure hunting and fossicking equipment which will be made available for your use. After the lesson you will apply your new skills and detect the beach. The second location is St Kilda Beach where you will hunt for treasure and be provided with a workshop on silver coin cleaning. The third and final location is Fawkner Park where you will search for silver coins and other treasures. At the end of the experience you will be returned back to a mutually agreed upon point.

Melbourne: Private Great Ocean Road Full-Day Tour

10. Melbourne: Private Great Ocean Road Full-Day Tour

Explore the main highlights of the Great Ocean Road on a private guided tour with the flexibility to customize to suit your preferences. Depart from your chosen Melbourne hotel in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Be greeted by your guide, who will whisk you off towards the start of the Great Ocean Road. First, stop at Bells Beach, one of the world's most famous surfing beaches and home of the Rip Curl Pro. Continue on to Split Point Lighthouse with a great vantage point over gorgeous deserted beaches for that perfect holiday photo moment. Pass the historic Memorial Arch where your guide will explain in detail the history behind the road, followed by a search of the Kennet river area for wild parrots and famous koala population. Stop for your lunch in the pretty coastal township of Apollo Bay, where you can sample some of the local delicacies such as the Scallop Pie. After lunch, transfer to the Great Otway National Park for a walk around a magnificent ancient Rainforest. Afterward, head to Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge, before arriving at the Twelve Apostles, where you will have the chance to upgrade your tour by taking a personal helicopter joy flight over the rock formations below. Finally, climb back into the vehicle and journey back to your Melbourne hotel via scenic farming townships.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Our sightseeing bike ride with Alison yesterday was very enjoyable. Our host was very knowledgeable about the area and even went out of her way to show us the house my husband had lived in as a child. I understand this team also does tours on the Mornington Peninsular And Yarra Valley, which we’d love to come back for. Definitely recommend!

Really interesting tour led by Den. It was great to learn more about Australia's indigenous people. Worth doing as part of a walk around the stunning gardens.

Den was an amazing guide, he was funny, knowledgeable and very easy going. It was awesome to learn about aboriginal culture from another mob.

It was lovely … everything was done smoothly and on time .. liked commentary on board the cruise ! Thank you

It was wonderful - for all age groups. Tour guide brilliant, inclusive abc very knowledgeable.