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Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

1. Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

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, experience the dramatic fire-ball display. 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.

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Melbourne: City and Garden Tour in Horse-Drawn Carriage

2. 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: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

3. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up or meet at the pickup location in the morning and drive to the launch field. You will be taken up-wind to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed.  After about 30 minutes, the balloon will be inflated and ready for flight. Once all passengers are on board and after a short safety briefing, up you go to enjoy the stunning views Melbourne has to offer. Discover the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, Melbourne's fantastic parks and botanical gardens from the best vantage point there is - a hot air balloon. 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. Don't worry if it's a cloudy day. 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 and the pilot will use 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. The ground crew will follow during the flight and meet at the landing spot. The pilot will maneuver the winds to guide the aircraft to the landing site where, after touching down, the gear will be packed away and you will be driven back to the meeting point.

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Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

4. Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

Begin your full-day gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley with an exclusive farm gate visit to Yarra Farm Fresh, for a palate-cleansing fruit tasting experience. At this boutique 3rd-generation orchard you’ll sample a range of freshly made juices and learn about the patented leading-edge technology that creates each glass of goodness. You’ll also sample and learn about the types of apples grown on the property. Next you’ll travel to one of the valley’s iconic wineries, De Bortoli Wines, to enjoy a tasting from their extensive range of quality wines. Learn how to swirl and sniff like true connoisseurs, while sampling some of the very finest cool-climate wines. At the Yarra Valley Dairy the amazing products will truly melt in your mouth. The cheeses here are stunning and will have your taste buds working overtime! Stop for lunch at the fabulous Rochford Wines and enjoy choose from four different main meals, with a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Take some time to explore the gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views from Rochford’s famous lookout tower. After lunch, make your way to one of Australia’s great wineries and member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Yering Station. Home of Victoria’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1838, the wines here are of exceptional quality and a tasting here is not to be missed. The final destination is the amazing Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Here you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of the spectacular delights handcrafted by the chocolaterie’s French and Belgian chocolatiers.

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Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

5. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterwards, make a final landing, pack the balloon away and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

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From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

6. From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

If you are a wine enthusiast or simply appreciate a beautiful countryside with rolling hills covered in vines, take a trip to the stunning Yarra Valley wine region with an expert guide. On this small-group tour of up to 10 people, you’ll taste some of Victoria’s best wine and local cheese while visiting 3 exceptional wineries, each with a unique story to tell and delicious cool-climate wines that are worth the trip. After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll travel less than an hour from the heart of Melbourne to arrive in one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. Over the course of 4 hours, you will be introduced to 3 of the region’s best vineyards. Indulge in wine tastings of the finest cool-climate wines set against a stunning backdrop. At one of the wineries, pair your wine tasting with a local cheese platter of the region’s finest fare. By the end of the tour, you will be quite the expert on one of the world’s most beautiful and delicious wine regions.

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From Melnourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

7. From Melnourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

Arrive at Wilsons Promontory and embark on your first hike, a 6.8 kilometer return journey to Mt Oberon. From the summit, you will experience arguably the best coastal views in Victoria. After you return, you will head into Tidal River for lunch and some down time before tackling your second hike to Squeaky Beach via Pillar Point. At every turn expect beautiful turquoise waters and breathtaking mountain views. At Squeaky beach wander on the rounded grains of quartz which make a squeaking sound, giving this popular local beach its name. Wilsons Promontory is full of Australian wildlife so have your cameras ready.

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Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

8. Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

You will meet at a location determined at least 24 hours prior to your flight (which will always be in Geelong). You will park your car at this location, before climbing into one of the minibuses or Troop Carriers. Hot air balloons float in the wind, so you will therefor begin by heading upwind to one of the various launch sites where you can prepare the balloon for your flight. Preparations take around half an hour, throughout which passengers are welcome to help out if they are able and wish to. Following a safety briefing by your pilot after the balloon has been fully prepared, it will be time to take to the skies. It never stops amazing passengers how gentle ballooning is as an experience. When you go ballooning you are not participating in an adrenaline sport, but are rather participating in what your guides like to refer to as "the gentle adventure of floating in the wind". Ballooning is an experience of enjoying the warm rays of the early morning sun, it is about enjoying the views, about sharing the moment with loved ones and friends, and can also simply be a gift people give to themselves. A hot air balloon flight is always an unforgettable experience and each flight is different. You will receive majestic views of Geelong and its surrounding area, the bay, the Barrabool Hills to the West and the Barwon River. After packing the balloon away following your activity, you will be driven back to your original meeting place where you will have the option of enjoying a delicious breakfast with the rest of the passengers and crew if you so wish.

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Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour

9. Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour

After a quick briefing and paddling lesson, begin this Melbourne kayak tour by heading downriver under the Princes Bridge and into the heart of Melbourne. Continue to glide along the Yarra, past Flinders Station and up to the legendary Polly Woodside Tallship, before entering the Docklands precinct and the beautiful Yarra's Edge Marina. Have a little break, where you can rest whilst your guide fills you in on some local stories. Next, journey onwards on this Melbourne tour back upstream past Crown Casino and the lively South Bank district. Along the way, soak up the views and discover the tales behind these famous Melbourne landmarks. The tour will finish up back at Boathouse Drive. No paddling experience is necessary for kayaking in Melbourne, as the waters are very gentle. Experienced guides will be with you every step of the way, and there to help if you have any concerns.  With a fleet of extremely stable sea kayaks, the experience will be even easier for first-time paddlers.

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Torquay: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

10. Torquay: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

Start your tour by heading to the meeting point to pick up your equipment. Your instructor will select the correct size wetsuit for you to change into, and will help you to find just the right size surfboard.  Once you are ready, walk to the beach with the rest of the group. Your lesson will begin on the beach with a safety briefing and some basic instructions before you head into the water, waist deep, to catch some waves.  Once you have had your fill of the surf, you will return to the beach for some more detailed instruction about how to stand up on your surfboard. The remainder of the lesson will be spent on the water with the instructor helping everyone to stand up. At the end of the lesson, return to the shop with your equipment to have a hot shower and change. Make sure you arrange to take some photos.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Great day out on the Ocean Road. We had stunning weather and Mick was an excellent guide. The small tour group of 6 people and the small tour bus was good and we saw much more than the 12 Apostles. Due to COVID there were no crowds and the side trips to the waterfall and redwood stands added to the trip plus the koala sighting at Kennet Beach. this is one of the few tours still running in Victoria ad deserve to succeed. the lunch and coffee stoops were at small independent stores and both were very good.

It was definitely one of the best experience we had. We had plenty of time to visit each of the locations and the guide was amazing who explained lots of the history behind each of the locations. The guide was very attentive to our needs and showed us all the scenic routes. Overall I must say the trip was extremely worthy as we covered a lot in one day.

value packed adventure. As a local, I saw places I hadnt discovered and the small group size was really relaxing. t

Happy with the experience, the guide was friendly and helpful. A good way to spend a weekend morning!

Wonderful time floating over Melbourne. The crew were professional and fun!