Melbourne Small group activities

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From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine, Gin, Chocolate Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine, Gin, Chocolate Day Trip

We put an emphasis on the social, casual and fun side of a tour by making the group comfortable with one another. The day starts by everyone contributing to a playlist via Spotify so we have music for the day. Once we are on the road we want to get to know what type of people do we have. Are you a big drinker? More of a chocolate and cheese type? Do you like wine ? Do you like beer instead? The guide aims to figure out what kind of group he has and what everyone wants to do. Together, we all contribute to the itinerary and make a plan for the day. There are a lot of options to choose from, but generally there is time for 5 venues. Options range from over 100 wineries of all sizes (some of which are better at certain wines and blends than others), A gin distillery, a champagne place, a cheese place, a cider place, a beer place, a chocolate place, a vodka distillery, a blueberry winery, art museums and restaurants. We generally have time for 5 venues, so we can't do everything! But we aim to try and make sure we do the things that most of the group want to do. If the group want to do a bit of everything we try our best to do as many different things as possible. Sometimes groups are a little less into alcohol than others, so the tours itinerary will change everyday. Sometimes all 5 venues are alcohol related, where as some are only 1 or 2. Because everything is relatively close to one another, there are certain moments where even the group can be split up. Across the road from the winery is a gin place. Across the road from the chocolate place is a winery..etc... So you get complete freedom throughout the day. Of course, however, if we have a group that are happy to put their faith in us and are not too bothered we have a default itinerary that we like to go through. Generally speaking the day would be the following... - Wine tasting at a scenic winery (Helen and Joeys Estate) - 1 Smaller, boutique winery that also does an incredible apple cider (Yering Farm Wines) - A restaurant, 'Quarters', which is located at Huberts Estate, one of the largest wineries in the Yarra Valley. Here you would get complete freedom of what you order for lunch. Lunch is not included in the price and this would be at your own expense on the day. Also here is an indigenous art museum. -1 Gin distillery where we have a paddle/flight of Gins (Four Pillars) -1 Chocolate tasting of 10-12 chocolates (Yarra Valley Chocolataire) - Incredible views the entire time. Each place has tastings of 5-6 wines/gins which are all included in the price. The only additional price is lunch. All of this is done in a fun, social, laid back and non-pretentious way. This isn't a tour for people that take themselves too seriously. We want to inject a lot of fun into what can tend to be a bit of a rigid and structured tour. This isn't a tour, more like a road trip with mates!

From Melbourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

2. From Melbourne: Wilsons Promontory Day Tour

This small group (max 8 guests) hiking tour is made for those who want the best of the beach and the mountains. You arrive at Wilsons Prom and embark on the first hike for the day which goes through beautiful terrain and emerges to the vastness of “The Big Drift” Wilsons Promontory sand dunes. An out of this world and inescapable view that can be often overlooked. Once you return, you will take a small drive to the general store for some lunch. Next, it’s time for the second hike of the day, a 7.8 km return journey to the famous Mt Oberon. From the summit, you will experience arguably the best coastal views in Victoria. Next stop is a favourite, Squeaky Beach. Here you can wander on the incredibly white rounded grains of quartz which make a squeaking sound giving this popular local beach its name. Finally, upon departing the National Park, you will make a stop to see some native furry friends. There is a high chance you’ll see Wombats, Emus, Kangaroos and Wallabies going about their daily business.

Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) Guided Tour

3. Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) Guided Tour

Meet the guide at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds for this behind-the-scenes tour. Visit parts of the stadium that the general public doesn't get to see with a guide who is an MCC member. Highlights of this tour include: The famous MCC Long Room MCC Library (founded in 1873) MCG Tapestry Player changing rooms Cricketers’ viewing room Ron Casey Media Centre Portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar A walk on the arena Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre Ponsford Stand City Terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline Experience the history and world-class facilities of the MCG.

Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

4. Melbourne: MCG and Australian Sports Museum Guided Tour

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.

From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

5. 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. Enjoy a personalized experience that ensures plenty of legroom on a long journey. During your adventure, your expert guide will help you explore a host of gorgeous locations including the coastal townships of Anglesea, Lorne, and Kennett River. At Apollo Bay, enjoy a lunch of freshly caught and prepared local fish and chips at the wharf. (vegetarian options available). After lunch, take a fully guided walk through an ancient rainforest before marveling at the breathtaking 12 Apostles and magnificent surroundings on the coastline. Spot unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, and an array of native birds. Hear unique local knowledge about the authentic Australian way of life from your expert guide. The drive back to your city hotel will take the inland route through Colac to round off an unforgettable journey.

Melbourne Laneways Tour

6. Melbourne Laneways Tour

Immerse yourself in the local culture and make the most of your visit to Melbourne. Explore the city’s cool laneways on a tour with a local guide. Discover a selection of secret galleries, hidden shops, and laneway cafés. On this unique walking tour of Melbourne you’ll get a feel for the city that only comes with spending time with a knowledgeable local. During the small-group tour, experience a mix of history, architecture, street art, galleries, shops, interesting stories, and more.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

7. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up from central Melbourne in the morning and drive to the launch field. Walk to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed to get in the air.  Board the hot air balloon and after a short safety briefing, soar up into the sky. Admire stunning views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, parks, and botanical gardens from above.  Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends.  See how sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly over.  Watch as the pilot uses the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. Meet the ground crew at the landing spot. Return to your accommodation in central Melbourne after the ballooning gear is put away. 

Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

8. Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the food and wine scene of Melbourne on an exciting culinary walk, and experience a gastronomic culture that borders on the obsessive! Sip a delicious cup of coffee, sample some sublime dumplings and sneak in a sweet treat (or two!) before finishing it all off with a drink at a bar the locals love. Discover some of Melbourne’s hidden highlights, tucked down lanes, alleys and arcades off the main streets. Hear about the history of the city and the future of the city while tasting some delicious morsels along the way. Your expert guide will provide the key to a variety of fun spots. Even locals may discover a few new sites! Go to one of the city's grand 19th-century arcades, and dive down grungy looking alleys filled with street art. Venture into small lanes steeped in local history and filled with cafés and boutique stores. Encounter an underground art gallery, and end with a drink to toast the end of the tour at a bar the locals love! 

From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

9. 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.

Melbourne: City and Bayside Helicopter Tour

10. Melbourne: City and Bayside Helicopter Tour

Get a bird's-eye view of Melbourne on this helicopter tour. See the wreck of a J7 submarine that was scuttled in 1930, pass over the seaside suburb of St. Kilda, and snap pictures of the city skyline. Listen as your pilot provides facinating commentary along the way.  Feel the thrill of lifting off from Moorabbin Airport. Make your way over Royal Melbourne Golf Course before turning northwards towards the city. Go offshore over the Sandringham Marina where you’ll see the wreck of the J7 submarine. Continue past the famous east coast beaches and marinas. Take in views of the colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach, the St. Kilda Sea Baths, and Luna Park. View Albert Park Lake which is home to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Head to the outskirts to see the War Memorial, the Government House, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Rod Laver Arena. Fly near the Melbourne Exhibition buildings, the Melbourne Museum, Victoria Market, Marvel Stadium and the Melbourne Docklands. Turn south and fly back down the east coast of Port Phillip Bay to Half Moon Bay. Return to Moorabbin Airport.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

What an excellent tour. We thoroughly recommend it. Our guide Pierre was very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to chat with. We spent two beautiful days overlooking and walking around the most scenic panoramas, even venturing into the rain forest. Our transport and accommodation were of the highest standard. We would like to thank Pierre for making this experience so memorable. Ian and Marion Simpson

We had bad weather during the first half of our trip, but our guide made sure it was still very enjoyable! We hit all of the main Ocean Road sights, it was so beautiful. The overnight hotel was great & had the most beautiful view. The included dinner at the restaurant was also very nice, lovely atmosphere and a great menu! Thanks for the memorable tour :)

Excellent tour if you have never been to Melbourne before. The Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and very nice. Don’t eat before you go as I had tastings at 4 places and had 3 drinks which was very filling but certainly value for money. Highly recommend this tour.

That’s awesome even though we need to wake up at 04:30. The view up there in the air is amazing. We all having a great time. After the 3hours journey, the champagne breakfast is wonderful to fill up a hungry stomach.

We had a really good time . We loved all the venues and also the guide make the atmosphere really fun