10 Best Tours And Activities In Melbourne, Australia - Updated 2022

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If you have an adventurous streak or are into outdoor activities, Melbourne is one of the best places to be, for its enjoyable activities and exciting tours. Scroll the list below for the many types of guided and non-guided tours, ranging from aerial sightseeing to coastal wildlife cruises to water activities.

1. Shop till you drop with Melbourne Shopping Tours

Melbourne (AU), Southbank -- 2019 -- 1417
Source: Photo by user Dietmar Rabich used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Melbourne Shopping Tour is dubbed as the “Bargains and Bubbles Tour” and was established by Melbourne’s largest shopping tour company with over 30 years of experience. The tour managers do not believe in a one-size-fits-all tour group and can assist to customize a tour to suit the needs of each group of shoppers. Enjoy a stress-free day of discount retail therapy by digging through mountains of clothing, bags, shoes and much more for exceptional bargains.

Melbourne Shopping Tours

Website: Melbourne Shopping Tours

2. Go on a Hop On, Hop Off Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour

Witness the beauty of Melbourne at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour sightseeing pass on a hop on, hop off bus. This tour will allow you to experience the best of Melbourne through its wide range of landmarks and city icons such as Federation Square, Shrine of Remembrance, the MCG and Sports Precinct, University of Melbourne and many more. The 24-hour pass is priced at 35 AUD (27 USD) for an adult ticket and 15 AUD (12 USD) for a child ticket, whereas the 48-hour pass is priced at 45 AUD (34 USD) for an adult ticket and 25 AUD (19 USD) for a child ticket.

Melbourne Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours

Website: Melbourne Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours

3. Enjoy a Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

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The Great Ocean Road is Australian National Heritage listed and stretches 243 kilometers (150 mi) along the south-eastern Australian coast. Its most prominent attraction is the limestone stack formations, known as The Twelve Apostles. This tour ensures that you can experience the breathtaking sunset view over the beautiful coastline for around 99 AUD (75 USD).

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

Website: Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

4. Join a Philip Island seal watching cruise

Be part of the amazing wildlife cruise and get up-close and personal (well, maybe not too close) with thousands of fur seals at Australia’s largest fur seal colony. The cruise departs from Cowes Jetty in Phillip Island and heads to Seal Rocks, which is situated approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) off the Southwest coast of Phillip Island. The boat will be maneuvered to drift as close as possible to the seal colony to offer you a first-hand view of these glorious mammals in their natural habitat.

Philip Island Seal Watching Cruise

Website: Wildlife Coast Cruises

5. Embark on a whale watching cruise from Philip Island

This cruise is significantly seasonal and only operates between June and the beginning of August each year during winter. The cruise also departs from Cowes Jetty in Phillip Island and explores the ocean for marine wildlife, such as fur seals and dolphins. Along the way, you can catch a sight of the magnificent Southern Whales during their annual migration along the region’s coastline. The cruise ticket costs 125 AUD (94 USD) for an adult and 85 AUD (64 USD) for a child between ages of 4 to 15.

Whale Watching Cruise

Website: Wildlife Coast Cruises

6. White water rafting on the Mitta Mitta River

Experience the water sports action of top-notch white water rafting on the Mitta Mitta River in the Alpine National Park. Their thrilling rapids trip is seasonal and occurs in winter and spring, where you can embark on a one-day or two-day water adventure along the 18 kilometer (11 mi) trail. For a less exhilarating yet still exciting experience, you can opt for the Lower Mitta Mitta River on a trail of deep fast flowing river with big waves during the summer.

White Water Rafting, Mitta Mitta River

Website: Rafting Australia

7. Skydive at Yarra Valley or Great Ocean Road

Get your adrenaline pumping with this extreme sport experience, with an insane free fall drop from the sky. After a 60-second mind-blowing drop, enjoy a 5 to 7 minute float under the canopy over the Yarra Valley countryside, vineyards, farms, and pastures. Overcome your fear and push your limits with the experienced skydiving crew at Skydive Australia, with tandem skydive packages ranging from 279 AUD (210 USD) to 499 AUD (375 USD). In addition to that, you can skydive across the majestic coastal area of the Great Ocean Road from 319 AUD (240 USD).

Skydive Australia

Website: Skydive Australia

8. Snorkel or scuba dive with Sea Dragons from the Mornington Peninsula

Snorkeling or scuba diving is one of the best ways to discover the marine life in the warm waters off Victoria’s coast. Catch a glimpse of the southern-Australia-dwelling Weedy Sea Dragon in the marine biological wildlife at the Mornington Peninsula. At Bayplay Adventure Tours, a training class on the basic theory behind scuba diving will be conducted and completed. This includes a dip in a confined water environment or shallow waters for practice and to understand and get comfortable with the mechanisms of the scuba diving equipment. Then, you are all set to swim with stingrays, dance with seahorses, and catch a sight of the rare Weedy Sea Dragon.

Bayplay Adventure Tours

Website: Bayplay Adventure Tours

9. Learn surfing with the Great Ocean Road Surf Tour

A trip to the beach is never complete without a surfing experience, especially when the best big waves are at the coastal areas of Great Ocean Road. The 1 Day Learn to Surf Tour is, by far, one of the most enriching ways for first-timers to learn to surf, or for beginners to brush up on their surfing skills. A team of dedicated and experienced surf coaches will guide you along the waves and you may discover a newfound passion for surfing.

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

Website: Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

10. Hot air balloon flight or scenic helicopter flight over Melbourne City (from USD 370.0)

Experience a bird’s eye view on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight over Melbourne City, from a price of 480 AUD (363 USD) onwards. You will be able to catch sights of landmarks such as the MCG, Shrine of Remembrance, Botanical Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Rod Laver Arena and many more. If you want to spice up your romantic life with your partner, you can even opt for a 5-star buffet breakfast at Pullman on the Park, complete with a bottle of champagne. There is a current promotion for hot air balloon flights when you book with Experience OZ + NZ, which comes with free breakfast and in-flight photos during the travel period between 1st June 2017 and 31st August 2017. You can also board one of Microflite’s famous red helicopters to enjoy fantastic sights of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks and beaches from above. The flight departs from an exclusive helipad on the banks of the Yarra River. The 30-minute flight tour offers a unique experience of aerial sightseeing or flightseeing like never before.

Melbourne City Balloon Flight

Pursue your adventurous side to the next level!

Cape Schanck Mornington Peninsula (Australia 2010)
Source: Photo by user Paul Arps used under CC BY 2.0

Melbourne is more than just a cultural city and has a lot more to offer than just restaurants, cafes, and dining. Take your trip up a notch by joining the tours and participate in extreme sports activities, pick up a new skill in surfing, discover special offers in warehouse sales or go on a once-in-a-lifetime aquatic experience with the extraordinary Sea Dragons.

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