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Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo Admission Ticket

1. Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo Admission Ticket

Experience an African adventure among beautiful natural surrounding, just 30 minutes from Melbourne! Get on board a guided complimentary guided safari across the unique open-range savannah and spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras!  Come face to face with a pride of lions, visit one of the worlds largest gorilla exhibits, see cheeky monkeys at play and discover a family of hippos in their wetland home. As you travel, keep your eyes open and spot kangaroos, emu, brolga, koalas and other Australian animals on a beautiful walk through the Australian Journey grasslands!

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Melbourne: SEA LIFE Aquarium Entrance Ticket

2. Melbourne: SEA LIFE Aquarium Entrance Ticket

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of Melbourne’s top attractions for families. Discover a dazzling display of marine life for yourself with these great value tickets to the must-see aquarium. Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD on the banks of the Yarra River, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is home to thousands of sea critters spread across 12 different zones. See Antarctic Penguins slip and slide in their cozy exhibit and don’t miss out on the brand new ‘Ocean Invaders’ exhibit that will take you inside the mysterious world of jellyfish. Enjoy an attraction where fun and learning go hand in hand with daily animal presentations, shark and ray feedings. Extra activities such as the 4D cinema show, the hands-on touch pools and kids activities make it a great day out for all ages. In total, there are over 10,000 animals on display at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium making it a must-visit attraction in Melbourne. Be sure to grab your tickets online here today.

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Healesville Sanctuary: General Admission Ticket

3. Healesville Sanctuary: General Admission Ticket

Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals, including the iconic koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats and emus in their natural surrounds.  Enjoy the fantastic Spirits of the Sky experience, a hugely popular free show that takes place at Healesville Sanctuary daily. Be awed by the beauty and power of these birds as they demonstrate their incredible ability to fly.  During your day, don’t miss Healesville Sanctuary’s platypus show, Tales from Platypus Creek. Come face-to-face with this iconic species in this interactive show. Observe the platypus as they interact with keepers, play in the water and even enjoy having their tummies tickled!  Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Center. Visit the center, which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.  Be sure to visit the treetops of Koala Forest and hop into Kangaroo Country to see red kangaroos, tree kangaroos and wombats!

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Melbourne Zoo 1-Day General Admission Ticket

4. Melbourne Zoo 1-Day General Admission Ticket

With your general admission day ticket to the Melbourne Zoo you can become acquainted with over 320 animal species from around the world. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the lush Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. See eye-to-eye with the lion pride in a special exhibit at Lion Gorge and then continue on through to the Trail of the Elephants. Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and emus in an Australian bush setting. Head into the underwater world to see Victoria’s iconic little penguins and Australian fur seals.

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Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

5. Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

Travel in the world's first custom-built amphibious boats, designed for cruising waters in comfort and safety. Witness the iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria's first marine national park. Discover a rugged and raw coast like no other as you explore The Glennies, Anderson Islets, and Anser Island. Marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon, situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach, before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer you get. Search for abundant wildlife including thousands of seals, dolphins, and migrating whales.

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Pentridge Prison: 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour with Special Access

6. Pentridge Prison: 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour with Special Access

With 44 bodies buried on-site and a who’s who of Australia’s criminal underworld having called Pentridge home, it's no wonder the facility is haunted by its past. Get access to buildings closed to the public as your personal ghost guide takes you on an eerie 2-hour tour for adults only. Enter the site and begin your tour of Pentridge Prison, D Division, built in 1850. The first prisoners arrived at the prison in 1851, and it was officially in 1997. Learn about the dark side of Australia's most famous prison. Ronald Ryan was the last man executed at Pentridge Prison, and in Australia. He was hanged in D Division at 08:00 on 3 February 1967 after being convicted of the shooting death of a prison officer during a botched escape from the prison. Later that day, Ryan's body was buried in an unmarked grave within the D Division facility.

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MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

7. MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

Experience the highlights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a tour including a visit to the famous MCC Long Room, the players’ changing rooms, the cricketers' viewing room, and the Ron Casey Media Centre. After your guided a walk through the arena, take in the Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, and head to the Melbourne City Terrace for views of the stunning skyline.   Next, visit the all-new Australian Sports Museum for a truly memorable experience. This isn’t your typical museum: it’s an exciting, interactive, and ever-changing experience where the latest technology has been used to create immersive exhibits and galleries.

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Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

8. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard the local partner's 19-meter vessel, the ‘Kasey Lee’. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

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Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

9. Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

Depart from the heliport and turn left at the coast, heading for Cape Woolamai. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, regarded as one of the best surf beaches in the country, before flying around the Cape itself to take in views that can only be seen by helicopter. Head over the water towards the San Remo Bridge with great views of the fishing villages of San Remo and Newhaven. Follow the coast over to Rhyll and its Inlet, where migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers to feed. Move on to the main township of Cowes, Red Rocks Point and Ventnor before the spectacular Nobbies and Seal Rocks come into view. Seal Rocks are home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. Turning east, fly over Summerland beach, home to the world-famous Penguin Parade, then move on to Pyramid Rock and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Wave to the swimmers and surfers on Smiths Beach and Surfers Point before returning to the heliport. Experienced pilots will provide live in-flight commentary. Don't forget your camera, the most amazing photo opportunities await you. 

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Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

10. 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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Frequently asked questions about Melbourne

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    The best time to visit Melbourne is during fall (March to May). Not only is the weather at its most tolerable, but the changing colors of the city's foliage lend an air of charm to its Victorian-era buildings. If you can, try to catch the annual Food and Wine Festival during the first half of March!

  • How many days?

    If the purpose of your visit is simply to see Melbourne's sights then you will need at least 2 or 3 days. That said, Melbourne has a multitude of festivals happening year round so consider staying for a bit longer if any of them take your fancy!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Australian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    +61
  • Best time to visit
    The Australian fall, from March to May, is especially pleasant!

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,898 reviews

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.

good selection of wineries and excellent lunch and knowledgeable guide if there was a downside some of the other clients were a bit on the loud side and did not seem that interested in hearing about the fascinating history from our guide. He coped well with the situation all credit!

The day was full of opportunity and can be a fun outing for people of all ages! The food was great and everything can be found in convenient locations.

Sometimes a bit difficult but still suitable for a 5th grader! Very well enjoyed!

lovely trip fantastic views. would highly recommend this trip.