Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and is the second most populous city in Australia. It was founded by free settlers who came from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen’s land in 1835 and then incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It experiences a temperate, oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winters, but is well known for its changeable weather conditions. Large cities can often make solo travelers feel lonely, however, Melbourne has quite a few activities to keep solo travelers occupied. Keep reading to find out about 10 activities to take part in when exploring Melbourne by yourself!
This is one of the best ways to discover any city as guests are given the option to get on and get off the tour buses at any of the stops as and when they want to. It ensures that guests prioritize their time so that they can visit the places that they’re most interested in. Each bus takes a slightly different route so guests can choose the one that suits them the most. The added advantage is that some tickets are valid for 48 hours so guests have ample time to take in the sights and enjoy on the top deck. The main starting point is Federation Square but visitors can board at any stop.
Melbourne Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour
Duration: 24 to 48 hour
Guests can explore the inner sanctum of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided tour. It helps to gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums. A few highlights from the tour include the famous Long Room, the library, the tapestry, Ron Casey Media Centre, and the portraits of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour
Duration: 75 minute
Guests can travel through the Dandenong Ranges on Australia’s favorite steam train. The Puffing Billy was built in 1900 and takes guests to see some of the most magnificent countrysides in Victoria. Delicious Devonshire tea will be provided to recapture the romance of the days of steam travel. Some highlights of the trip include a visit to Sherbrook Forest, the crimson rosella parrots, passage through quaint villages and a stop at the town of Sassafras or Olinda.
From Melbourne: Dandenong Ranges Tour by Puffing Billy Train
Duration: 5 hour
Guests can travel the Great Ocean Road, which spans over 200 kilometers (125 miles) of spectacular coastline with jaw-dropping ocean views and ancient rainforests. They have a chance to visit the iconic rock formations known as the 12 Apostles and explore beaches, wild koalas, and mind-blowing views. A few highlights of this trip include a journey into the rich history of the Memorial Arch, a beach walk, visit the wild koalas in their natural habitat and a guided walk through the heart of the rainforest.
Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip
Duration: 13 hour
Guests can see the sights of Melbourne from a different perspective on this 2-hour river cruise. They can travel down the Yarra River to see sights such as the Docklands Crown Entertainment Complex and Government House, and catch some rays on the sundeck. A few highlights of this trip include the on board commentary and insight into Melbourne’s fascinating history. The departure point until September 11, 2018 is Sandbridge Wharf on Southbank promenade, and after September 12 is from the Melbourne River Cruises ticket kiosk at Berth Number 5, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct landing.
Highlights of Melbourne 2-Hour River Cruise
Duration: 2 hour
Guests can catch stunning panoramic views of the ranges by day and the dazzling Melbourne skyline by night. This activity takes guests to the 88th floor of Eureka Skydeck 88. This lookout has stunning panoramic views of the Dandenong Ranges. The elevator is also considered to be the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere. Please note that The Edge Experience is optional and not included in the package.
Melbourne Eureka Skydeck Entry Tickets
Duration: 1 day
Guests have a chance to discover a mecca for food on a 3-hour culinary walk of Melbourne and taste delicious samples in the Central Business District. There are opportunities to mix with the locals at hidden venues off the tourist trail. A few highlights include learning about Melbourne’s alternative scenes, consumption of food from different cultures, and sublime coffee brewed by expert baristas. Guests can also visit the grand 19th-century arcades, and explore the dive grungy alleys with beautiful street art. Please note that the meeting point is on the steps of the Melbourne GPO, Bourke Street Mall.
Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hour
Guests can explore the Pentridge Prison. They can walk in the footsteps of Chopper Reed, discover outlaw Ned Kelly’s remains, and experience the final moments of Ronald Ryan, the last man to be executed in Australia. The package includes a 2-hour tour with an expert ghost guide.
Pentridge Prison: 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour with Special Access
Duration: 1.5 hour
Here is an opportunity to travel back to 19th-century Melbourne. This is a 1.5-hour tour of the most haunted locations in the city. Guests can discover hidden lanes, historic buildings, and spooks that still linger on the city streets. Guests can also learn about some of Melbourne’s most infamous characters including Jack the Ripper and the opera singer who fell to his death in front of an audience. The meeting point is in front of the ‘I’ at the Melbourne Visitor Information Center.
Melbourne 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour
Duration: 1.5 hour
Guests can experience Melbourne’s favorite dish – a plate of dumplings! They have the chance to visit several dumpling places throughout the city on a guided walking tour lasting 3 hours for an experience that will please all the senses. They can explore the streets with an expert dumpling and city guide, taste dumplings at a number of venues and learn about Asian influence on Melbourne culture.
Melbourne 3-Hour Dumpling Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Whether you’re in town for the sights or for the rich ghostly history, you’re sure to have your fill of fun. Melbourne is a lovely city, with plenty of activities to do and a lot to learn, even if you’re riding solo!
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