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From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

1. 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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From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

2. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

Travel to the north-east through the bush laden suburbs of Templestowe, Eltham and Kangaroo Ground to the De Bortoli Vineyard at Dixons Creek. This is an elegant start to the day as you'll enjoy a pairing of selected wines and cheeses. It's then on Yering Station, the site of the first vineyard in Victoria in 1838. You'll enjoy a tasting of their estate wines in the original winery (circa 1859) that also features local artworks and produce. For lunch, you'll adjourn to their stunning restaurant. With its world-class views and cuisine, you’ll have an a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal and glass of wine. After lunch, it's a change of pace with a visit to Payten & Jones, one of the smaller producers in the Yarra Valley. Behn Payten and Troy Jones produce small-batch, approachable wines with a personality that includes the familiar chardonnay and pinot noir, together with syrah and some Mediterranean varietals. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Coldstream Hills Winery at Coldstream. Established by James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on wine, the wines are beautifully crafted and have enjoyed success at numerous wine shows, especially the chardonnay and pinot noir. The final stop for the day is at the charming Medhurst Vineyard. Established in 1999, the family-owned vineyard of 35 acres has a delightful elevation in the foothills of the Warramate Ranges and produces a small selection of elegant table wines. On days when Coldstream Hills and Medhurst are not open (Tue, Wed & Thu) visits would instead be made to Punt Road and/or Oakridge Vineyards.

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Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food and Wine Experience with Lunch

3. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food and Wine Experience with Lunch

Sample local wines, beers, ciders, and sweets on a fun day tour, to experience the Yarra Valley to the fullest. Meet your host in Melbourne at a central meeting point location in front of St Paul's Cathedral, then head towards the Yarra Valley. Next, visit the first winery for a 1-hour guided wine tasting experience. Journey to the second winery for further wine tastings, followed by a seasonal 2-course style lunch with a glass of estate wine of your choice. After lunch, head to the third and final wine tasting location. Once you've explored different regional wines, it's time to visit a brewery for a glass of beer or cider to enjoy. The final stop of the tour takes you to a local chocolate factory and ice creamery for a sweet finish. At approximately 4:15 PM, head back to Melbourne where you'll arrive at around 5:45 PM and be dropped off by Federation Square or St Paul's Cathedral.

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Phillip Island: Small Group Eco Wildlife Tour

4. Phillip Island: Small Group Eco Wildlife Tour

This small group tour departs from Melbourne around midday and includes the very best of the region’s wildlife. Journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Take a guided tour of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and get an opportunity to interact with and learn about an array of Australian animals. Hand feed the kangaroos, emus & wallabies and learn about the numerous breeding programs undertaken here to preserve many endangered native species including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats, to name a few. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies, taking in the views of Westernport Bay, Bass Strait, and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal population. Finally, it's time for the main event. As the sun goes down each evening, the world’s smallest 'fairy' penguins come ashore after fishing out at sea all day. Your guide will help you get the best seats possible so you'll have a great view of the Penguin Parade.

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Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

5. Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

Calling all beer fanatics! Looking for the perfect beer tour in Melbourne? You got it. Explore the best of the Melbourne brew scene on this thirst-quenching beer odyssey. Meet your guide in the up-and-coming Smith Street Precinct, and head straight to the first pub - no messing about! As you sip your first tasty brew, discover the roguish history of Melbourne's favorite drink, including alcohol bans at football matches and the famous "six o’clock swill." Sample some of Australia's finest tipples at the next bar which specializes in Aussie-made libations, then head to an increasingly renowned microbrewery to savor a cold one while watching the brewers at work. This unique place also makes its own gin, coffee and cheese! Finally discover secret watering holes at Melbourne's Laneway craft beer hotspot. From here you can carry on your evening with some recommendations from our local guide, or if you’re in too much of a beer/food coma, your guide will also be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation.

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Grampians National Park Small Group Tour from Melbourne

6. Grampians National Park Small Group Tour from Melbourne

Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne on a small group eco-tour to the Grampians National Park, and discover a nature lover’s paradise. Depart Melbourne at 08:00 and travel through the western plains of Victoria on route to historic Ballarat, a boom town of the 1850s following the widespread discovery of gold. Learn the history of the region over morning tea at the infamous Eureka Rebellion site. Continue through the picturesque western volcanic plains, and pass through the town of Moyston, the birthplace of Australian Rules Football. Arrive at the foot of the Grampians Range (Gariwerd in the local aboriginal language), and take a short walk to Silverband Falls. Then, head to Halls Gap for lunch. Keep a look out for kangaroos and abundant birdlife that can be seen in the main street. After lunch, go to the Wonderland car park and Grand Canyon and marvel at the rock formation as you take a walk through the canyon. See high rising rock walls, crisscrossed with layering and fault lines that showcase the area’s unique geology. Next, visit the majestic cascades of Mackenzie Falls, and watch the water cascade down the rocks in a gorge surrounded by eucalyptus forest. Walk the Bluff trail along the top of the cliffs for panoramic views of the falls, or journey downstairs to the base of the steep gorge. Another stunning photo opportunity awaits at Reeds Lookout, a vantage point that overlooks the towering Stringybark Forest and Victoria Valley. Your next port of call is Boroka Lookout, where panoramic views of the surrounding region and town of Halls Gap await. Look further afield to Lake Bellfield and beyond. Make your way back to Halls Gap for a last attempt to spot some native kangaroos before returning to Melbourne. Stop for dinner on route back to the city, and enjoy a stunning view of the illuminated city on your return home.

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Yarra Valley: Wine, Beer and Local Produce Day Trip

7. Yarra Valley: Wine, Beer and Local Produce Day Trip

Taste a wide variety of Yarra Valley products on a full-day tour. Start the day with a delicious sharing platter of seasonal produce at the Gateway Estate. Enjoy views of vineyards and rolling hills before continuing to a boutique winery to sample Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other varieties. Stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, home to 200 different chocolates. Afterwards, head into the township of Healesville, where you’ll sample a selection of the best beers produced in the Yarra Valley. Finish off the day with a spectacular view of the vines at another boutique winery, where you’ll of course have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of superb wines from the region.

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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Small-Group Tour

8. 3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Small-Group Tour

Explore some of Australia's most stunning scenery on a 3-day trip from Melbourne, and enjoy a breathtaking trip along the Great Ocean Road and to Grampians National Park. Travel in a small and intimate group for the ideal touring experience, and stay in top-notch accommodation to ensure a unique and relaxing journey. Day 1: After pick-up from your city hotel in Melbourne’s Central Business District or Federation Square, head out of Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong, where you’ll have time to stroll along the beautiful waterfront. Then start your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various spots along the coast including Bells Beach, the Memorial arch, and the seaside resort of Lorne for lunch and shopping. After lunch, cruise further along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, stopping at more scenic spots including Kennett River on the way to the Great Otway National Park, where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as 'Yabbie Chimneys'. Visit Apollo Bay before checking into the Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, where your private self-contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean – the perfect place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours before a great dinner. Day 2: Today starts with breakfast at a favorite local spot, the Bay Leaf Cafe. Then, travel through the Otway ranges and onto the Shipwreck Coast, stopping at Castle Cove for views over the Aire river valley. Learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage and the many tribes that have lived prosperously along the coastline for thousands of years. From there, visit the famous limestone stacks known as the 12 Apostles, true icons of Australia's natural beauty. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or even take a helicopter flight along the coastline (not included). Then visit 'Loch Ard Gorge', the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck, before heading to the charming fishing village of Port Campbell for a lunch break. After lunch, pass along more impressive limestone formations on the way to the Tower Hill Game Reserve for the chance to see koalas, kangaroos, and emus living in this extinct volcanic crater. From there, head north towards Grampians National Park, where you’ll check into your accommodation at the foot of Mt. Sturgeon, the renowned Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. 3 Day: The third day starts with an amazingly scenic drive along the Wonderland and Mt. William Ranges, through to Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Enjoy a few short walks at Baroka Lookout, Reid's Lookout, and McKenzie Falls, as well as visits to the Brambuk Aboriginal cultural center and a local rock art site. Your journey back to Melbourne takes you through the gold mining township of Ballarat, once one of the richest towns in the world, before arriving back in the city at around 06:00 PM.

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2 Day Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

9. 2 Day Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Day 1 Guests on this small group tour are picked up from their city hotel or Federation Square and quickly depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Travel through the vast volcanic plains en route to Geelon, where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. Start your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various places along the coast including Bells Beach and the scenic morning tea location. Your focus then turns to Australian native wildlife as you observe Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. This is one of many opportunities to see and hear about Australia's unique and unusual animals in their native habitat. Your journey then begins along the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. While winding your way along you stop to view sites such as the 'Memorial Arch' and hear about the intriguing story of this incredible road. Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts. With its abundance of cafes and restaurants, it is the perfect place for a lunch break. You may even find time to have a swim or do some shopping. After lunch you cruise along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots, including Kennett River where you can see koalas and many colorful native birds in the wild. Traveling through Apollo Bay, you go into the Great Otway National Park. Enjoy a 1-km guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns, and unique features such as 'yabbie chimneys'. Visit Apollo Bay before checking in to Beacon Point Ocean View Villas. Your private self-contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. You'll have dinner tonight at the the award-winning Chris's Restaurant, next door to your accommodation, where the only thing that matches the food are the views. Day 2 Your second day starts with breakfast at the locals favorite Bay Leaf Cafe. Great coffee, tea, and a vast breakfast menu make this a perfect way to start another full day. Your journey starts with you traveling through the Otway ranges and onto the so-called 'Shipwreck Coast'. Your first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region, where many tribes prospered around the coastline for thousands of years. In the same area, millions of years ago, when Australia was part of the great southern land, Gondwana, dinosaurs roamed the land. A unique find along the coast in 1987 uncovered important clues into the world's prehistoric past. The 12 Apostles are icons of Australia's natural beauty. You'll arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun, making them perfect for photos and crowd-free. This is a bonus for taking a 2-day trip as the stacks are silhouettes in the afternoon and overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline at your own expense. You'll then visit 'Loch Ard Gorge', the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck. You'll hear the entire story, from the calm voyage, to the tragic wreck, to the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos, and documents from the 'Loch Ard' contained in treasure chests. Port Campbell is your lunch stop for today. This small fishing village of just 350 is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes and restaurants for food and views. After lunch you'll travel to a lesser-known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road west of Port Campbell. This section includes London Bridge, the Bay of Islands, the Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay before your journey turns inland and travels through open farmland towards Melbourne, arriving there around 18:00.

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From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

10. From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

After pickup at your hotel in Melbourne, depart early in the morning directly toward Torquay. Savor morning tea, then see some of the local surfers in action. Stock up on some chocolates for the day at the local Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery before continuing your journey through small local villages on the way to Split Point Lighthouse. Next, learn some of the history of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch before taking the steps down to the base of the Erskine Falls. Admire the magnificent falls, then grab lunch and take a stroll at Lorne. Enjoy some time for a quick swim off Lorne Beach, though be aware the water might be slightly cold. From Lorne, move on for another stroll to the Sheoak Falls. Soak up the spectacular views as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road and stop to see some of the amazing wildlife. Then it’s time to enjoy the wonderful view from the Mariner's Lookout over the quiet village of Apollo Bay, your home for the night. Visit a lovely restaurant or cook for yourself in the hostel's large kitchen. Get another early start on Day 2 and walk through the temperate rainforest in the section of the Great Ocean Road known as the Green Coast. Continue your journey along the Green Coast, stopping at lookouts on the way, until you reach the highest point along the road, Lavers Hill. Tuck into your morning tea at Lavers Hill then visit the Shipwreck Coast to view all 9 lookouts along this section of the road, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge. After exploring all these stops, head inland and travel back to Melbourne.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

I can’t recommend this tour enough! Vine Trekker was such a well organised tour full of awesome wineries that all show cased something different about the Yarra Valley, whether that was a stand out Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, historical building or stunning views. Our guide, Paul, was especially memorable, he went above and beyond many times during the day and his knowledge and energy made the day something I’ll never forget. I’ll definitely be telling everyone I know about this tour, to the point where they’ll probably tell me to be quiet.. Again, thanks for the best day! -Julia -( wine enthusiast,WA)

The trip overall was above expectations. Nobody felt rushed and the itinerary was spot on with a mix of wineries. It’s the small things that count. Rob would make sure everyone was ok, turn on the air conditioning to cool the van prior to us entering. He cracked a few jokes (ask him about the blue cat) haha. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to do a tour. I would rate him and the overall tour 12/10 Thanks again for putting together this amazing tour and you really get value for money.

Joseph our guide was a highly skilled guide and most knowledgeable about the history of beer and brewing in Melbourne. We enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the micro brewing industry in Melbourne Three breweries were in close proximity. Kellie made some arrangements with the venues to cater for my disability and the whole evening was brilliant.

Excellent and fun tour. Paul was so accommodating for everyone on the tour - going above and beyond for us to enjoy it. Paul’s informative commentary also was excellent. Lunch was beautiful - a truely wonderful tour day! Highly recommend this tour. The scenery was breathtaking.

Great tour, tour guide was funny and had a lot of humour highly recommend him Paul his name make it fun even though the trip is pretty long.