Melbourne is a tourists dream with endless sights, activities, restaurants and tours to spend your time on. To help narrow your list of things to do, we’ve created a shortlist of our personal favourite tours in Melbourne which will cater to every kind of traveller looking for new experiences.
Tours in Melbourne
Melbourne City Sights plus Dandenong Afternoon Tour
See the best Melbourne attractions plus a tour to the famous Dandenong Ranges combined in this fabulous afternoon Melbourne sightseeing tour.
The Blue Dandenongs is a natural group of mountain ranges to the east of Melbourne and at the summit gives spectacular views of Melbourne and suburbs.
You can make online bookings for the Melbourne City and Dandenongs afternoon tour.
There are many fine attractions around Melbourne, beautiful historic buildings and lush, picturesque gardens and parks that are worthy of being on any tour itinerary.
Some of the early architecture in Melbourne is especially notable for the aesthetic beauty as well as the historic value. You will see some of the best examples of this in buildings such as the St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall.
You may be able to also take a stroll in the lovely Fitzroy Gardens and view the historic Captain Cooks Cottage, which was was originally built in 1755 in Yorkshire and transported from England to Australia in 1933.
The Fitzroy Gardens is one of the very best and a personal favourite. If time allows, make sure you see the Fairy Tree in the Fitzroy Gardens. It is so steeped in history and a notable heritage item.
After visiting the Shrine of Remembrance where you have a stop for photos, you head out of the city for the beautiful Dandenong ranges and Sherbrooke Forest where you will have beautiful views and a chance to see native Australian animals.
Seed is provided so you can feed kookaburras and crimson rosellas, so have the camera ready for some more magnificent photos.
Melbourne’s Phillip Island Penguin Tour
Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s great family holiday destinations and home to a diverse range of animals. This bus tour from Melbourne takes you to the famous nightly Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus extra attractions that make this a fabulous value packed tour.
You will see koalas, kangaroos, plus seals during the summer months, and of course the beautiful little penguins returning from the sea at sundown.
Hop aboard the bus just after lunch and journey from Melbourne to Phillip Island. Or alternately, grab an evening tour where you go directly down and back from this wonderful nightly event with no stops.
Phillip Island is home to the largest colony of Little Penguins, also called Fairy Penguins, and every evening hundreds of people come to Summerland Beach to see them returning from the sea after a days fishing in the Bass Strait.
Prior to the Penguin Parade, you will visit Warrook Farm, a working cattle farm, where you can get up close to farm animals, pat kangaroos and see other Australian animals.
Then it’s the Koala Conservation Centre where you have the chance to be up high and view koalas in their natural habitat. There are specially constructed boardwalks that put you up in the tree tops with the koalas. Fantastic.
During the warmer summer months, you can also take a walk along the coastline to the Nobbies, where it’s possible to see Australian Fur Seals. This is a wonderful tour with many things to do and see.
There are different penguin viewing options available, which give more personalized and closer viewing aspect choices to the tour. Whichever you choose, all options give a good sighting of the fairy penguins and you will be well satisfied at the end of the tour.
There are a variety of tours available all at different prices and durations. Some prefer the shorter evening tour where you are taken direct to Phillip Island with no stops in between. While others like a longer day sightseeing. The choice is entirely yours. Have a look in the online brochure. There is a penguin tour in there that will suit you.
- Coach travel Melbourne to Phillip Island
- Visit Warrook Cattle Farm
- The Koala Conservation Center Entry
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach
Echuca Paddle Steamer Cruise Tour
Once the busiest inland port in the world, Port of Echuca is now a popular tourist spot, with authentic recreations of the bustling river trade of the late 19th century.
Port of Echuca… Murray River cruises, paddle boat rides, souvenirs, restaurants and recreated memories of life on the Murray River. You will probably enjoy this spot as much as we did.
During the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s, much of outback Australia was opened up to world trade, largely due to the busy river paddle boats that serviced remote areas of Victoria, NSW and Queensland on or near the Murray – Darling river system. The construction of rail lines eventually took over the river trade, as railway traffic serviced the areas regularly and goods were transported to major centres faster and was less expensive.
When the river trade diminished, most of the paddle steamers that were in operation at that time were simply abandoned and left to rot, many of them sinking into the muddy waters of the Murray River. Luckily, enterprising people with foresight, refloated some of these historic water craft, refitting these grand river ladies of early Australian heritage to their former glory.
Today they proudly take excited people along the mighty Murray River once more, on tourist pleasure cruises, dinner cruises and special events.
Situated on the banks of the Murray River at Echuca, which is just a 2 1/2 hour drive directly north of Melbourne, the Port of Echuca is home to a collection of authentic paddle wheelers that actually worked the rivers over a hundred years ago. The Port of Echuca Wharf is a standing testament, and a great example of early Australian history, to the memory and courage of the pioneers that shaped a great nation.
Originally more than 5 times the size that the wharf is today, in it’s heyday, the Port of Echuca was the busiest inland port in the world, shipping in goods, wool, sheep and cattle to and from some of the most remote areas along the inland river system.
There are several paddle boats that take tourists on pleasure cruises and people can purchase tickets from various gift shops in the Port precinct or directly on boarding each boat. Dinner cruises are operated each evening and are a wonderful, relaxing way to spend a balmy night on what is regarded as Australia’s mightiest river.
Several of the riverboats are not just historically famous, they have made the world stage by starring in films that were screened around the world. Perhaps the best known craft is the P.S. Pevensey, which was renamed the Philadelphia for the movie “All The Rivers Run”, a romantic movie depicting life on the river in the late 19th century.
Another of these wonderful crafts, P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot, was the last paddle steamer especially built for the river trade in 1923. Later abandoned, she sunk at her mooring in 1947, where she lay rotting until raised in 1974.
The City of Echuca bought the Alexander Arbuthnot in 1989 and fully restored the old girl to her former glory. She now is one of the Ports finest examples of paddle boats, taking people on regular pleasure cruises, up and down the Murray from Echuca.
There is a host of excellent and affordable accommodation in Echuca and it’s sister city across the Murray at Moama that will suit all tastes and budgets. Echuca and Moama are popular holiday destinations, with the Murray River as the main attraction, plus water sports, excellent golf resorts and many historical activities to keep the most active person fully occupied.
Day tours are operated out of Melbourne to Echuca for the Murray River Paddle Boat Cruise, which are a great day where you can sit back and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a luxury coach. The bus driver always gives informative information enroute and all the skippers on board the paddle steamers give river talks and historical commentary.
So make your way up to Echuca and take a paddle boat ride on an authentic river boat queen. It’s like taking a relaxing trip back into the past and a Murray River cruise will hold lasting memories for both young and old.
Great Ocean Road Day Tour Melbourne
This is probably one of the most spectacular tours that can be taken from Melbourne along what is called the “Ship Wreck Coast” to the south west of Melbourne. With breathtaking views and stops at famous places such as Bells Beach and Apollo Bay, this is a tour for those that love sightseeing.
I think this tour is awesome and take it every time I spend a few days in Melbourne. I see something new each time I take the tour. Something I missed previously.
From Melbourne you travel out over the West Gate Bridge and along the Princes Highway to Geelong. From there you make your way through the towns of Angelsea and Torquay.
Morning tea is at Bells Beach, famous for the Rip Curl Pro Surfing competition. This is just one of a host of places where you will have the opportunity to take photos along the famous Great Ocean Road.
Take lunch at the beautiful town of Apollo Bay. I suggest the Fish n Chips, then it’s off for some of the more famous sights that are along the great Ocean Road.
Enjoy the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback and learn of the misery and loss of life along the coast due to shipwrecks during wild weather.
There is an optional helicopter flight at the 12 Apostles stop, which is well worth taking for those that can afford the extra cost. Fabulous views from the air of these great natural monuments. And a great chance to get some photographs from a different angle.
Take afternoon tea at Port Campbell and then on to the remains of London Bridge.
You can see London Bridge image at the top of page before it fell down. Two people were stranded on the the tip and had to be airlifted to safety. Would have been amazing to see it fall down but a bit scary to be trapped on the remaining column.
This stop rounds off a fantastic day which I would consider the best tour I have ever taken. Make sure you put some sunscreen on as you can get windburn along the coast even during winter.
- Coach travel along the Great Ocean Road
- Travel through Lorne and Apollo Bay
- Visit Port Campbell National Park
- View Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles, London Bridge
- Australian Bush Billy Tea & Lamingtons for Morning Tea
- Great Ocean Road Day Tour returns to Melbourne around 7.30pm.
Mt. Buller Snow Tour from Melbourne
Australia has a short snow season from around July 1 to the end of September. The major snowfield resort in Victoria is found on the slopes of Mt Buller. This bus tour takes you to Mt Buller Resort for a fabulous day of fun.
To the right is my daughter who loved our day in the snow. Growing up in North Queensland, this was her first snow trip and whilst she almost froze, she really enjoyed the huge difference between the tropical warmth and the icy snow. Me, I come down for the snow each and every year.
Traveling time to Mt Buller from Melbourne is roughly 3 hours, so you set off for the snowfields early to get the maximum time up in the snow.
Your journey takes you through the beautiful Yarra Valley to Yea, then onto Mansfield and up Mt Buller to the Ski Resort.
There are a few different packages that you are able to book that includes simply sightseeing and having fun in the snow, to using the chair lifts and having skiing lessons. Packages start from around $140.00 per person.
Take a look at this video clip of a snowboarder doing tricks, now that’s gotta be great!
There’s heaps of fun to be had in the snow and you don’t have to know how to ski to have fun. You can ride a toboggan, make a snowman or just watch others skiing, snowboarding or falling over.
I know some people who go to the snow every year and just take a sheet of black plastic to use as a sort of toboggan, and they have just as much fun as anyone.
So why not take a trip to the Victorian snowfields yourself this year. C’mon give it a try!
Day Tour Inclusions:
- Hotel pickup and drop off to city hotels
- Transportation by coach
- Mt. Buller Resort entry
- Sightseeing lift ticket (if option selected)
- Limited ski lift ticket and ski lesson (if option selected)
- Ski equipment and clothing hire
- Food and drinks
Outlet Shopping Tour Melbourne
Shopping at factory outlets saves you good money and this escorted shopping tour takes you to the best outlets. Book your Melbourne Shopping Spree. Outlet Shopping at Discount Factory Outlets.
Melbourne Shopping Spree Tour is a favorite with the ladies, so grab a friend and board the former Pink Bus tour for the best savings in Melbourne. There are absolutely fantastic bargains that you can secure. Brand name discount shopping warehouses that will save you money.
Ladies, this is a fun tour made in heaven. This Melbourne outlet shopping tour has replaced the famous Pink Bus for factory outlets and warehouse shopping in Collingwood, Fitzroy, Richmond and South Yarra.
This is a day where you can go wild and save big money on leading brands and designer labels.
You will save on shoes, handbags, designer clothes, chocolates, just about anything you can imagine, and at factory prices there’s the chance to buy more than you normally would, just because you can.
This is a shopping spree where you can whoop it up and grab the best deals without feeling guilty.
Included is lunch at a leading restaurant, just to give you a bit of a breather before heading back to the warehouses for more great shopping.
This is a great day out with like minded people, so book ahead and plan on the best days shopping on the former Melbourne Pink Bus Shopping Spree. From around $85.00 per person this is great value for such a tour. 8 hours with a group of like minded ladies, a glass of wine and loads of specials. Don’t miss this one.
- Fully escorted factory outlet shopping tour
- Shuttle bus transfers to and from Shopping Outlets
- Visit approximately 8 -10 factories and warehouses
- Lunch at a Melbourne Cafe Restaurant
- Glass of sparkling wine with lunch (or soft drink or hot drink)
- Shopping Gift