City Guide



Melbourne Guided Tours

Melbourne and its surrounds have a lot to offer and a tour can ensure you see it all. One of the best ways to see the city is from the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, enjoying a meal as you tour the city streets and visit South Melbourne, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern. The Spirit of Melbourne dinner cruise, along the Yarra River, is also an excellent option for seeing another side to the city. For different perspective take a balloon ride over the city at sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast. Just out of Melbourne, tour some of the region's best known wineries, or travel along the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell National Park's Twelve Apostles, followed by a helicopter ride along the coast. Visit Phillip Island to see iconic Australian wildlife; koalas and kangaroos.

Here is a selection of hand-picked tours and excursions, bookable through tour partner Viator:

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne

Enjoying a meal on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit to Melbourne. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one of Melbourne's star attractions, offering a sightseeing tour with a difference and two essential Melbourne experiences taking a tram ride and eating great food.You'll glide through the city streets and on to South Melbourne, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern aboard the Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, your privacy assured with one-way windows. Melbourne's tramcar restaurant-on-wheels is painted a distinctive glossy burgundy and is especially fitted out in velvet and brass like the luxurious Pullman-style European trains of the past. You'll be welcomed aboard your 1927 Melbourne tram restaurant by a smiling maitre d' and be served by a friendly, professional team of silver-service waiters. Choose from a four-course lunch aboard Melbourne's tramcar restaurant, an early three-course dinner or a more leisurely five-course dinner later in the evening. Delicious meals featuring fresh local produce are prepared onboard the tram, and a wide choice of alcoholic beverages is available from the fully stocked bar. Melbourne's Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has all the modern conveniences you'd expect to find in a first-class restaurant. It is air-conditioned, heated and fitted with piped music to make your Colonial Tramcar Restaurant experience truly memorable. Due to the popularity of this activity, availability changes on a daily basis. The booking request will not be guaranteed until you receive a confirmation voucher via email. Please advise any alternative travel dates at time of booking, so that we may request all available dates to maximize your chance of a confirmed booking. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne

Join a full-day Yarra Valley wine tour and visit three of the region's best known wineries: Yering Station, Rochford Winery and Domaine Chandon. Over lunch and a series of wine tastings, see why the Yarra Valley is one of Australia's most picturesque wine regions on your Yarra Valley wine tour, the perfect day trip from Melbourne.You'll stop for cellar door wine tastings at Yering Station and Rochford Winery on the Yarra Valley wine tour from Melbourne. Your helpful guide will share tips on how to taste and enjoy the wines you'll be sampling. Stay on at Rochford Winery for lunch and choose your accompanying glass of wine at the cellar door.Lunch is followed by wine tastings at the rustic Yering Farm cellar door. The afternoon highlight is a private tour of the award-winning Domaine Chandon winery, known for its fine sparkling wines and stunning scenery. You'll enjoy a glass of wine at Domaine Chandon with a light tasting nibbles.Winner Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2007. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Come fly over Melbourne - one of the few cities in the world that you can soar above in a hot air balloon! Admire the city skyline at early dawn as you fly for approximately one hour and then toast your good fortune with optional champagne breakfast. Complimentary hotel transfers are included for your convenience.You will then be transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch, or stand back and take pictures. In the early morning light you will drift by the array of parks and gardens and as the city comes to life you'll look down on some of the city's iconic venues including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. Your flight will last for approximately one hour. After the final landing and packing the balloon away, head back to your hotel so you can enjoy the rest of the day in Melbourne on land. Where you will Fly: Depends on the winds and you may fly over the CBD, which is laid out in a large rectangular grid like pattern on the northern banks of the Yarra River. Or you may head over the inner suburbs, parks and gardens to discover why Victoria is labeled the Garden State. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Greet the morning sun as you take flight over the Yarra Valley and its vineyards on a hot air balloon flight. You'll fly for approximately one hour before completing this memorable experience with an optional sumptuous champagne breakfast at Rochford Wines.Just 50 minutes from the Melbourne CBD lies the lush hillsides of the Yarra Valley. A place of diverse and rich history stretching back to the first settlers, The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. Yarra Valley is also renowned as being one of Victoria's largest tourist destinations.Let the breeze usher you along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in the breathtaking views of mountains that surround the valley. You'll have the option to pre-book breakfast buffet which includes a choice of fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli and a hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, tea and coffee, orange juice and Chandon champagne!PLEASE NOTE: Many areas of the Yarra Valley were unaffected by the recent Victorian bushfires. The Sunrise Breakfast Balloon Flight over the Yarra Valley is running as normal and flies over areas that were predominately unaffected. This tour continues to offer spectacular scenery showcasing the Yarra Valley's lush natural landscapes.  We are urging you not to avoid the Yarra Valley, but to continue visiting this amazing region to offer support for the communities of the Yarra Valley. Special Offer - Save 5% off the recommended retail price for travel to August 31, 2009 - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!

Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Your small, personalized eco tour takes you by comfortable minibus along the winding Great Ocean Road to Kennett River, where you're guaranteed to spot koalas in their native habitat. The Great Ocean Road eco tour continues to the Otway Ranges for strolls at Maits Rest panoramic rainforest walk.World-famous Port Campbell National Park is the next stop on your Great Ocean Road small group tour, with its iconic array of offshore rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles. Here you have the option of taking a helicopter ride to see the magnificent coastline from the air. The Great Ocean Road small group eco tour continues along the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge, site of many shipwrecks. The gorge is named for the Loch Ard which went down in 1878, sparing just two lives. Your final destination on your Great Ocean Road tour is London Bridge. Your return journey includes a stop for dinner and stunning views of the lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge at the end of your long day tour.This unique small group tour operator is a member of Eco Tourism Australia and provides expert guided Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tours.Winner of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Award - Significant Tour and Transport Operator.Highly Commended, 2005 Australian Tourism Awards - Tour&Transport Operator Click here to find out more about this deal!

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

What could be more romantic than a gourmet dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Melbourne? Watch the city light up on your three-hour Melbourne dinner cruise and enjoy Melbourne's famous fine dining in the comfort of a cruising restaurant. The changing vistas and colored lights will make this a movable feast with a difference as you travel along the Yarra River on your Melbourne dinner cruise.Your six-course, multicultural dinner is prepared onboard the Spirit of Melbourne by expert chefs, and matched with premium Australian wines. Service onboard is personalized, expert and friendly, and the ambiance is luxurious and romantic. Drinks to accompany your Spirit of Melbourne dinner cruise include red and white wines, sparkling wine, beers and spirits, plus a choice of port, cognac or liqueur. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas and Kangaroos Day Tour from Melbourne

Get up close to Australia's famous wildlife on a day trip to Phillip Island. You'll see the little penguins, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and seals on this full day tour from Melbourne. Your Phillip Island excursion includes a visit to Warrook Cattle Farm, the Koala Conservation Center and the famous Penguin Parade. You also have the option of enhancing your Penguin Parade experience with a choice of three viewing vantage points.The little penguins provide a wonderful spectacle as they break free of the surf and waddle home across the sand at dusk at Phillip Island. Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including koalas, Australia's largest fur seal colony and, of course, the little penguins.Travel to Melbourne's bayside suburbs of St. Kilda and Brighton, visit Warrook, a working cattle farm in the prosperous Gippsland region. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of farm animals. You'll encounter koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Center. View spectacular coastal scenery at Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. From the walkway, see Australia's largest population of fur seals living along the rugged southern coastline. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Center and visit the popular seaside town of Cowes - the main town on Phillip Island and a holiday retreat for fishermen and beach lovers. Choose one of the following three upgrades to enhance your Penguin Parade experience: Choose the Penguin Plus View Platform upgrade to have a unique up-close and interactive penguin viewing with commentary provided by an eco-qualified ranger. There's excellent penguin viewing from the wooden seating and boardwalks. The Private Penguin Parade option is limited to a maximum of 10 people per group, making your interactive penguin viewing and personal ranger commentary more private and personal. You'll be supplied with a warm waterproof jacket, a mat so you can sit comfortably on an exclusive viewing area of the beach, plus a headset for live commentary and a guided tour of the Penguin Parade visitors center. The Penguin Skybox gives you the option of viewing the Phillip Island Penguin Parade from an exclusive elevated viewing tower, accompanied by a personal ranger. Click here to find out more about this deal!

Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne

Take a Great Ocean Road day trip and experience one of the world's great coastal drives. There'll be plenty of photo opportunities along the way on your full-day Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne. You'll snap wild coastal scenery and pristine beaches bordering the winding Great Ocean Road, peaceful beach townships, majestic rainforest and the rugged Shipwreck Coast.Your Great Ocean Road tour begins with panoramic views as you leave Melbourne from the West Gate Bridge. You'll soon be on the coast, passing world-famous Bells Beach, host of the World Surfing Championships, and dropping into the seaside holiday resort of Lorne. Your tour of the Great Ocean Road passes under towering limestone cliffs and along sweeping beaches all the way to the Twelve Apostles rising abruptly from the sea. Here you'll have the option of taking a helicopter flight over the dramatic Shipwreck Coast. There are more photo opportunities here from the various coastal viewing platforms and your expert tour guide will share the tragic legends of the Shipwreck Coast.Please click on "View Map" for the hotel pickup list Click here to find out more about this deal!

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Enjoy a day tour in the Victorian countryside just outside of Melbourne. Start your tour chugging along on the Puffing Billy Steam Train through the cool fern gullies and rolling countryside of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Then experience the beautiful verdant hills and prosperous vineyards of the Yarra Valley and visit Healesville Sanctuary and its 200 species of native Australian wildlife.Australia's most renowned steam train, Puffing Billy, winds its way through lush ferns and towering timbers. Victoria's wine region unfolds beyond the mountains, offering great wine and cuisine. Nestled in the foothills is Healesville Sanctuary where you can stroll amongst koalas, kangaroos, platypus, kookaburras, dingoes and more. Your tour includes the following highlights: Enjoy the lush ferns and dense forests of the nearby Dandenong Ranges Beautiful Sherbrooke Forest is home to lyrebirds, crimson rosellas, cockatoos and kookaburras, look out for these native birds Enjoy a traditional morning tea of Aussie billy tea, lamingtons and vegemite crackers Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train for a memorable journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway Tour the Yarra Valley's beautiful verdant hills and prosperous vineyards Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch at Fergusson Winery while sampling some local wines Relax as you sample superb regional wines and take in the stunning views of the vineyard Visit Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles Wander among Australia's unique birds and animals in the natural bushland setting of Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia's premier wildlife and nature sanctuary Get up-close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, cockatoos, parrots and much more Witness the amazing and exciting Eagles Fly demonstration within the sanctuary Click here to find out more about this deal!

Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour from Melbourne

Travel through the scenic Yarra Valley and ride the Puffing Billy steam train on a big day trip from Melbourne. The Yarra Valley wine tour takes you through Melbourne to the scenic Dandenong Ranges, with spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline en route. After your ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's oldest steam train, you'll travel in comfort through the beautiful Yarra Valley to visit the region's premium wineries.Your atmospheric ride on the restored Puffing Billy steam train takes you through the lush mountain ash rainforests and fern gullies of Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges. You'll pass picturesque mountain villages along the way and stop to feed the colorful native parrots, rosellas and cockatoos. The Yarra Valley wine tour continues through the fertile Yarra Valley to enjoy a spit-roast lunch at Fergusson Winery. You'll sample a selection of local wines at Coldstream Hills cellar door then travel to acclaimed Domaine Chandon, known for its award-winning sparkling wines. After your informative wine-making tour of Domaine Chandon, sample wines matched to local cheeses on the patio with beautiful Yarra Valley views.Please click on "View Map" for the hotel pickup list Click here to find out more about this deal!