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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're emersed amongst ferns and the world's second tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

Melbourne Sports Walk

2. Melbourne Sports Walk

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the Melbourne Day Tour Centre. Walk along the path built to accommodate guests to the 2006 Commonwealth Games all the way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Once here, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic stadium, which has a capacity of just over 100,000 people.  Afterwards, continue on foot to discover more of Melbourne's favourite sporting arenas. Visit AAMI Park, home to rugby teams Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels, as well as the soccer clubs of Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC. Next make your way to the Olympic Park Oval, built on the site of former Olympic Park Stadium, built for the 1956 Summer Olympics. This venue is now home to Collingwood FC, one of the most popular AFL teams in Australia. Visit Melbourne Arena, Rod Laver Arena, and Margaret Court Arena, the home of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Take in the sights and sports along the Yarra River on your way back to the starting point at Federation Square.

Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

3. 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.

Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

4. Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

Explore the eastern side of the Melbourne Central Business District, home to some of our most famous and interesting laneways. This is the side of Melbourne most tourists and some locals never see.  Learn about the earliest founders, the cause of Melbourne love affair – and later fall out – with drinking, the rise of street art, a tragic case of miscarried justice, the 1851 gold rush, secret men’s clubs, and much more. Stop for drinks at three of Melbourne’s best bars, plus pass by a dozen or so more for you to jot down and visit another time. Spend about 30-45 minutes in each bar so you are not feeling rushed. Finally, receive a mystery gift at the end of the tour.

Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food & Wine Tour in a '56 Chevrolet

5. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food & Wine Tour in a '56 Chevrolet

Start the tour with pickup from Melbourne’s Princess Theater in a deluxe 1956 Chevrolet. Admire this impressive and historical car then hop inside and head out of the city towards the sprawling countryside. As you explore, listen to your driver’s fascinating stories about the car as well as the Yarra Valley itself. Head through the scenic Wonga Park, driving along winding back roads to reach the historic Melba Estate. Enjoy a stop for complimentary morning tea and coffee with traditional scones while soaking up the view. From there, head to one of the region’s premium wine estates for a tour and tasting session. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, drive into the charming town of Healesville and grab lunch at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, cruise through the town and get sense of rural life, then pass by the impressive TarraWarra Estate. Finally, stop at the Yarra Valley Dairy for some light refreshments before heading back to the city.

From Melbourne: Bay Sightseeing and Ferry Ride with Lunch

6. From Melbourne: Bay Sightseeing and Ferry Ride with Lunch

Start the day off with a walk along the spectacular Geelong Waterfront on Bellarine Peninsula. Take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh sea air and scenic views with the locals. After that, you’ll head to the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to discover Victoria’s largest collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts and greet the local emus and wallabies in a native garden. The next stop along the Bellarine Peninsula will be a stroll around the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for a fantastic photo opportunity before boarding the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento. Savor the moment of sailing on the bay while enjoying a regional produce picnic lunch onboard. Observe some of the most serene bay views that the coastline has to offer. Set upon the pristine Portsea Surf Beach, you’ll see the London Arch, a unique rock formation and impressive natural wonder. Venture on to St. Andrews Beach Brewery, set among the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula and formerly a world-class horse training facility. Join the locals for a beer paddle tasting, and watch the brewers crafting and pouring great brews right from their stable doors. Next stop at Arthurs Seat to admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. Finally, take a glimpse into local heritage-protected history and the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula beach boxes. Situated along the coast, these iconic bathing boxes are the area’s symbol of summer and a popular tourist attraction. Enjoy the return trip back to Melbourne after a full day of sightseeing and exploring some of the greatest destinations around the bay.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

7. Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

Discover another side of Melbourne once the sun has set on a night-time food walking tour. Explore hidden alleyways and weave through the crowd to taste delicious food at three unique hole-in-the-wall diners while soaking in the revelry of the night. Make your way to Gordon Reserve to meet your friendly guide and group for the night. Immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Melbourne as you pass through the crowds and by rowdy bars. Bounce from one hole-in-the-wall diner to another and stay on your feet to enjoy a tasty bite to eat. Don't wait any time at all between ordering and eating, you'll find the perfect greasy pizza joint in the back of the bar and a dumpling house with a Mandarin menu. Settle down your meal with a refreshing beer at a local bar to finish your tour. Take the chance to socialise with your group and anyone else you meet and decide where you're off to next.

Melbourne Multicultural Markets Culinary Culture Tour

8. Melbourne Multicultural Markets Culinary Culture Tour

Celebrate the local foodie culture in Melbourne’s multicultural markets on a three-hour walking tour. With your local host and small group, you’ll discover the best of Melbourne’s bustling markets. Learn about local gastronomic culture, as well as the history and culinary traditions that are unique to the city.  You’ll visit the market in the morning hours before the rush. This will allow you to interact with the vendors, as you gain rare insight into the history of the city and how the character of Melbourne has developed. Melbourne's oldest markets are packed with stories, and you will have plenty of samples, tastings and time to explore, so you can get the true experience. Hear about how immigration has been a driving force in Melbourne which gives the city such a unique vibe. Depending on the day and guide you may find yourself in Footscray at the Vietnamese market, Coburg at the Middle Eastern market, South Melbourne for the predominantly Mediterranean Market, or the famous Queen Victoria Market in the CBD (the largest open air market in Australia). Each area has its own character, amazing food, and eclectic style and buzz. You'll finish with a hot or cold beverage. By the time your tour finishes, the markets will have come fully to life as locals arrive for freshly sourced lunches and to do their grocery shopping. The cafés, bars and shops stay open throughout the afternoon, and you’ll be free to explore more fully after the tour concludes. Continue shopping on your own, or head back to your hotel.

Footscray Trail

9. Footscray Trail

Meet at the Footscray Train Station on Irving Street, where your guide will be waiting to begin this African food tour. Start the walking tour by visiting a cafe and sampling some traditional food and tea while the guide talks you through their own African history and answers your questions. You will then make various stops at local African stores. The last stop on the tour will be at a local restaurant, popular for its African cuisine. Sit down for a meal, during which you will hear more stories from your guide and information about the food. You will definitely not leave the tour hungry.

From Melbourne: Bellarine Peninsula Sightseeing & Ferry Ride

10. From Melbourne: Bellarine Peninsula Sightseeing & Ferry Ride

Start the day off with a walk along the spectacular Geelong Waterfront on Bellarine Peninsula. Take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh sea air and scenic views in this favorite spot among locals. Next, you'll head to the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to discover Victoria’s largest collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts. Learn about the world’s oldest living civilization, and then get up close to hand-feed the local emus and wallabies in a native garden. Continuing along the peninsula, stop to take a stroll around the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for a fantastic photo opportunity — no filter needed! Then it will be time to board a ferry for a 2-hour ride around the bay. Savor the moment with serene bay views and enjoy a regional produce picnic lunch onboard the ferry. If it is berry season, the next stop with be Tuckerberry Hill where you can hunt for the biggest, ripest, and reddest strawberries. You will get to pick your own baskets of seasonal fruit on this 90-acre patch of beauty, owned and operated by a local family. After an exciting day exploring all the wonderful things Bellarine Peninsula has to offer, relax for the return drive back to Melbourne.

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4.3 / 5

based on 74 reviews

The night time food walking tour was excellent and one of the best tours we have ever been on. Our guide Hugo was excellent and tried to accommodate our individual tastes. The tour was very flexible, if a place was too busy we would move on we still did 6 stops and had more than enough to eat, we were full at the end of the night. Every stop was unique and delicious, Hugo politely broadened our taste horizon while being very careful to make sure he wasn't pushing us too far out of our comfort zone. Hugo was engaging and very informative we learned lots about Melbourne history and the development of it's unique food culture. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Perfectly planned trip. Good driving and very clean bus. Our guideMr Daniel was excellent, very well informed and kept spiking our interests throughout the day with great stories and humorous anecdotes. Enjoyed myself thoroughly. Maybe a longer lunch halt to take some pictures would be lovely.

Hugo was amazing! His knowledge of the best places to eat, his knowledge of the local food scene and his passion for the city of Melbourne and its history was infectious and second to none. It was a great experience I would highly recommend to anyone!

Den was an amazing guide, he was funny, knowledgeable and very easy going. It was awesome to learn about aboriginal culture from another mob.

was lots of fun, it was great experience with ben and learning about the different parts of Melbourne!