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Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

1. Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

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.

Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

2. 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: City Sights Discovery Tour

3. Melbourne: City Sights Discovery Tour

Embark on an immersive journey through the wonders of Melbourne, a city renowned for its spectacular landmarks, enchanting gardens, vibrant culture, and rich history. With our knowledgeable guide leading the way, you'll delve into the heart of Melbourne's inner city and uncover its captivating secrets. Begin your adventure at the elegant "Paris-end" of Collins Street, where the fusion of sophistication and vibrant energy sets the tone for your exploration. Immerse yourself in Melbourne's sporting culture as you visit the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sports Precinct, where champions have made history. Capture a picture-perfect moment at the striking St Patrick's Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that radiates serenity and grandeur. Pay tribute to the fallen heroes at the Shrine of Remembrance, a solemn memorial that stands as a symbol of reverence and gratitude. Indulge your senses in the tranquility of the Royal Botanic Gardens, where lush landscapes, vibrant flower beds, and serene lakes create an oasis in the heart of the city. Immerse yourself in art, culture, and natural history as you explore the historic Exhibition Buildings and Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. Experience the lively atmosphere of Lygon Street, known as Melbourne's Little Italy. Then, visit Albert Park, home of the Grand Prix, surrounded by picturesque scenery that adds to the allure of this renowned racing destination. And no visit to Melbourne is complete without a stop at the iconic St Kilda, where you can enjoy the coastal views and catch a glimpse of the whimsical Luna Park. At the end of this captivating journey, you will be conveniently dropped off at central Melbourne city location, allowing you to continue exploring Melbourne's wonders at your leisure or reflect upon the memories of an extraordinary day. Book now and embark on an unforgettable adventure through Melbourne's iconic landmarks, charming gardens, and vibrant culture. Let the city's captivating allure unfold before you as you immerse yourself in its vibrant spirit.

Grampians: J Ward Lunatic Asylum Night Ghost Tour

4. Grampians: J Ward Lunatic Asylum Night Ghost Tour

Be incarcerated for the evening at Australia's home to the criminally insane: the famous J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat in the evening and commence the tour with free museum access to explore the memorabilia of the past including straight jackets, electro shock therapy devices, and fascinating patient records. After exploring the museum, enjoy a guided ghost tour of approximately 2 hours through the home of notorious criminals such as Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, the hangman's gallows, the original kitchen, the showerblock, the grave sites, the West Wing, the J Ward Block, and the exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger, and hear the terrifying stories of murdered inmates and prisoners buried in the grounds as you explore the property. Tours run every Friday and Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.

From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Day Tour

5. 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: History and Donuts Walking Tour

6. 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: Mornington Peninsula Coastal Delights Tour

7. From Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Coastal Delights Tour

Explore the Mornington Peninsula and learn about the area's history from your friendly guide. See the famous and colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Have lunch at a local eatery. Sample delicious handmade cheeses at Main Ridge Dairy and find out how this cheese is made. Meet the activity provider at St Paul's Cathedral and board your transportation to the Mornington Peninsula. First, stop at Brighton Beach, famous for its iconic bathing boxes. Take some amazing photos of these colorful structures and go for a relaxing stroll along the picturesque shoreline. Next, head to the Pig and Whistle and buy a delicious lunch. Savor the many delicious flavors of the region and enjoy the warm hospitality and charming ambiance. After lunch, continue to Main Ridge Dairy to taste a selection of artisanal, handcrafted cheeses. Learn about the cheese-making process. Then, depart from here and return to Melbourne. Enjoy the ride back and then arrive at Federation Square to finish your tour.

Mornington Peninsula: Moonlit Sanctuary & Koala Encounter

8. Mornington Peninsula: Moonlit Sanctuary & Koala Encounter

Embark on an exhilarating adventure that combines wildlife wonders, culinary delights, and scenic beauty on our Moonlit Sanctuary and Arthur Seat tour. Departing from Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral, we'll take you on a journey filled with captivating experiences and breathtaking views. Our first stop is Moonlit Sanctuary, a haven for native Australian wildlife. As you explore this remarkable sanctuary, encounter kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and a variety of other fascinating creatures. Enjoy up-close interactions and learn about their unique behaviors and habitats. During your visit, indulge in morning tea to energize yourself for the exciting day ahead. Next, we'll make our way to Food on the Hill café, a Modern Greek Café nestled in a picturesque setting. Here, you'll have the opportunity to delight in a delicious lunch, with exclusive specials available only for our tour guests. Savor the flavors of Greek cuisine and experience culinary excellence amidst the serene surroundings. (Note lunch not included in the tour price) As the day draws to a close, we'll depart from Arthur Seat and return to Melbourne, with drop-off at Federation Square. Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the region's wildlife, local cuisine, and the natural beauty of the area. Experience the ultimate adventure with our Moonlit Sanctuary and Arthur Seat tour. Encounter captivating wildlife, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine, and soak in the breathtaking scenery. Join us for an unforgettable journey that combines the best of nature, culture, and culinary delights. Inclusions: Comfortable transportation from St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne to Moonlit Sanctuary and Arthur Seat, and return to Federation Square. Morning tea at Moonlit Sanctuary. Visit to Moonlit Sanctuary, where you'll encounter native Australian wildlife and have the opportunity for up-close interactions. Scenic ride on the Eagle Cable Cart at Arthur Seat, providing panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Experienced and friendly tour guide to provide insights into the wildlife, local cuisine, and the region's natural beauty. Exclusions: Lunch not included. - Cost for lunch will be approx $25.00 Any purchases made on the day

From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip

9. From Melbourne: Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip

Immerse yourself in daily life during the 19th-century gold rush on a day trip to Sovereign Hill, a replica gold mining town. Wander through faithful model buildings and watch professional actors reenact scenes from the 1850s. Enjoy optional gold mine cart rides or horse carriage tours. Meet your driver in Central Melbourne and begin the journey to Sovereign Hill with views of the Australian countryside on the way. The town is full of interactive exhibits and demonstrations to discover: gold panning demonstrations, underground gold mines, and gold bar-making demonstrations. Wander through the town's true-to-life buildings for an insight into daily life. From grandmothers teaching grandchildren how to embroider to the local primary school and police station, the buildings are a great way to travel back in time to the excitement of the era. Feel free to ask the traditionally dressed actors for photos. You can also enjoy optional activities at an additional cost. You could go for a horse-drawn carriage tour of the town or take an underground mine cart ride. There are also occasional dramatic reenactments throughout the day.

Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

10. Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

Discover Australia through the lens of sport at the new Australian Sports Museum, located at Gate 3 of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is no ordinary museum, with interactive experiences for all to enjoy. Here you’ll find touchscreens instead of do not touch signs, and climbable statues for the kids to play on.   Immerse yourself in the wonders of sporting moments with the largest collection of grassroots to elite sporting memorabilia. While kids kick a football at the interactive Game On!, you are invited to expect the unexpected, just like sport itself.   Exhibits featured in the museum include: the Olympics Gallery, Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Football Gallery, Victorian Racing Gallery, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, and the Game On! interactive gallery for visitors of all ages.

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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!

Do it! I dont follow AFL, (only NRL) And not a huge fan of cricket but.... this tour will blow your mind!!! Stephen, our volunteer was superb

Our tour guide Peter was so knowledgeable and provided us with entertaining and informative dialogue.

Our guide was both knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. A great experience all round

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