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From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

1. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

2. Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Get bird's eye views of Melbourne and its surroundings at sunrise as you float over the city in a hot air balloon. Melbourne is the only major city around the world that you can traverse by hot air balloon. Help to inflate the hot air balloon at the start of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, drift over the parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most livable city. Look down onto iconic sports venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park, and Albert Park, home to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Treat a loved one to a romantic gift and get a unique peek at the city from above. Upgrade to a sparkling wine breakfast at the end of your flight for the ultimate experience.

Melbourne Laneways Tour

3. Melbourne Laneways Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture and make the most of your visit to Melbourne. Explore the city’s cool laneways on a tour with a local guide. Discover a selection of secret galleries, hidden shops, and laneway cafés. On this unique walking tour of Melbourne you’ll get a feel for the city that only comes with spending time with a knowledgeable local. During the small-group tour, experience a mix of history, architecture, street art, galleries, shops, interesting stories, and more.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

4. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up from central Melbourne in the morning and drive to the launch field. Walk to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed to get in the air.  Board the hot air balloon and after a short safety briefing, soar up into the sky. Admire stunning views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, parks, and botanical gardens from above.  Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends.  See how sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly over.  Watch as the pilot uses the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. Meet the ground crew at the landing spot. Return to your accommodation in central Melbourne after the ballooning gear is put away. 

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're emersed amongst ferns and the world's second tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

Melbourne Street Art Tour

6. Melbourne Street Art Tour

This original street art tour takes you on a journey of Melbourne’s famous street art laneways as well as venturing off the beaten track to discover the CBD’s hidden treasures. Learn all about the artists and stories behind the artworks from artists directly involved in the scene. The tour finishes at the famous Blender Studios where you will be treated to an exclusive studio tour and be able to meet the artists and see them at work in our huge art studio warehouse. A gourmet selection of market fresh produce, beer, wine and softdrinks are provided as you wander through this incredible space. The tour route will be modified and updated regularly, considering the ever-changing nature of Street Art.

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

7. 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.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

8. Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

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: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

9. Melbourne: Ghost Hunt City Exploration 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.

Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

10. Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

The Mornington Peninsular is as stunning as it is diverse. From the quiet bay side beach boxes to the roaring southern ocean the hinterland of the Peninsular is home to many hidden gourmet delights. Rustic farmhouses with generous samples of fresh goats cheese, chocolate creations produced in a gorgeous seaside town and some of the best Pinot Noir anywhere in the world make up this day tour! At Main Ridge Dairy you sample some of the goats cheese from this small boutique farm and meet the goats themselves!   Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsular. Each winery has been selected for its excellent cellar door experience and variety of wines. The Mornington Peninsular is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and you will sample these and other varietals throughout the day. Then sample their multi award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing combinations and creations. Visit the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its boutique shops and galleries or take a stroll to the beach. Step into the wonderful world of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm. Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines. Indulge in strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick you own punnet! (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at an extra cost)

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4.4 / 5

based on 292 reviews

San was a wonderful guide. His vast knowledge about Melbourne, interesting and curious information about the laneways and surrounding buildings made the tour super fun and informative. Although we are from Melbourne, we thought it'd be fun to learn more about the city. Highly recommend.

Extremely enjoyable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided great insights into the history of the wonderful buildings and laneways of Melbourne CBD. He also provided a great suggestion for our lunch post the tour :-)

Kathy, our guide, was amazing! This is a great way to start your visit to Melbourne. She has a wonderful knowledge of the history, architecture, sights, and laneways of the city. Highly recommend this tour!

San had a great deal of historical information about all aspects of Melbourne. He conducted the tour to suit the needs of the guests.

The guide knew a lot about the art in melbourne. Was very competent. I enjoyed the chat with her.