Apart from being the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, Melbourne is also a funky and artsy town with a robust art scene and café scene. It is a hip, dynamic city, with a charming city center and inner-city neighborhoods that are full of lush green parks and mountain ranges where you can have memorable moments and experience Australian nature at its finest. The city is famous for its cultural diversity, amazing street art, excellent dining options for all budgets and its buzzing laneway cafés. From eye-catching-museums, chic fashion stores to award-winning zoos and aquariums, Melbourne offers an endless list of things you can do if you’re visiting Australia. If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne Australia, here are the best Viator tours that will make your visit truly memorable.
1. Take a tour to the Yarra Valley Wine and Winery from Melbourne (from USD 103.0)
Get to enjoy the delights of Victoria’s wine country on this tour. Trips will begin with pick-ups in Melbourne by air-conditioned coach. With an informative wine guide, you’ll get an entertaining commentary and learn more about the history of the Yarra Valley wineries as you tour. First, make a stop at Yerring Farm and enjoy your tasting in the cellar door converted from old hay shed. Before moving to the winery restaurant, you can pass by the Balgownie Estate and sample some varietals like shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. After that, head to Steel Gate Winery for a tasting of classic Australian varietals. Before you conclude your trip and head back to Melbourne, make sure to visit Domaine Chandon, Australian outpost of famed French Champagne house Moët & Chandon and enjoy a glass of bubbles while taking in the views.
Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
Duration: 8 hours
2. Take a tour of the Phillip Island (from USD 108.0)
Your Phillip Island adventure will kick off with a pick up from the selected Melbourne hotels by a minivan that is air-conditioned and has WiFi. Make your first stop at Brighton and spend time on the historic Brighton Beach bathing boxes and also take time to admire the iconic landmarks. Proceed to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you’ll learn about an exotic variety of Australian animals. There’s also a wildlife show included in your trip known as Conservation in Action, that educates about a number of lesser-known Australian species. From there, head to the island’s southwestern coast, the home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony for thrilling views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks. Finally, make your way to the local beach for the famous penguin parade by the fairy penguins from an exclusive viewing point. After the tour, people will be returned and dropped at their departure points.
Melbourne to Phillip Island, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary
Duration: 12 hours
3. Enjoy Melbourne dinner cruise at the Yarra River (from USD 120.0)
Enjoy a great evening experience on the Yarra River during this Melbourne dinner cruise. Start your beautiful evening by boarding a fully enclosed boat, the Spirit of Melbourne. As this floating restaurant starts drifting along the Yarra River, enjoy the picturesque views of the lit-up city skyline, passing by waterfront sights such as Rod Laver Arena, Riverside Park, Flinders Station, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Experience the romantic atmosphere of the boat as you enjoy your wine or liquor. There’s a four-course gourmet dinner specially prepared by talented chefs. After having all the delicious meals, you can top up that with a tea or coffee and a glass of premium Australian wine. By the time you return to Southbank Promenade to end your cruise, your belly will be full and totally relaxed.
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Duration: 3 hours
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4. Get a spectacular view of Melbourne city from Eureka Skydeck 88 (from USD 20.0)
Experience this breathtaking aerial view of Melbourne with a visit to Eureka Skydeck 88. Although Port Phillip Bay and the rolling Dandenong Ranges is some distance, you can still admire the blue watery expanse from here. From the 88th floor of the Skydeck, take an exhilarating 360-degree view of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. There are many free viewfinders through where you can spot the different iconic attractions. Outside is an open-air terrace where you step on and feel the rush of wind and use high-powered binoculars to view the various beautiful attractions around the city. Finally, for thrill-lovers, you can upgrade your ticket to include The Edge, a secure glass cube that projects three meters out from the side of the building.
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
Duration: 1 hour
5. Enjoy a Great Ocean Road trip tour from Melbourne (from USD 128.0)
Enjoy a 12-hour tour by an air-conditioned coach and find out about the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne as you get to mingle with the beauty of one of Australia’s most thrilling stretches of coastline. The drive from Melbourne to Geelong and along Victoria’s rugged coast is filled with beautiful and astonishing scenery that you can take photos for your memories. The tour passes by the Belle beach which has once hosted the World Surfing Championships. Get to learn about the tragic history of Lorch Ard, a British ship that wrecked in 1878 at the Shipwreck Coast and had only two survivors. Make sure to stop at the seaside town of Port Campbell for some breathtaking views of the Norfolk pine trees and cliffs. During the trip, to and from, you get to enjoy live commentary by a guide.
Melbourne to Great Ocean Road Trip with National Park Entry
Duration: 11 hours
6. Tour Melbourne on a sightseeing double-decker bus (from USD 36.0)
On this sightseeing tour, passengers will get the opportunity to explore many of the city’s most famous and spectacular attractions and landmarks. There are 15 stops along the city route that passengers can hop on and hop off or can choose to go for a full round which takes approximately two hours. The tour bus has an open-top deck of the contemporary modern architecture from where passengers can enjoy the panoramic views at the Federation Square. This is one of the many cultural attractions of Melbourne. Visit the Eureka Skydeck 88 that lets you view the city from the 88th floor. It’s the highest public viewpoint in the southern hemisphere. Before you complete your city sightseeing, make a stop at Queen Victoria Market for anything, from local produce to souvenirs. For gorgeous sea views, hop off at St, Kilda beach and marina.
City Sightseeing Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
7. Encounter amazing animals in the wild tour (from USD 204.0)
The wild tour starts with morning pickup from select Melbourne hotels by an air-conditioned vehicle to a national park in the western plains. There will be expert tour guides to guide you on an easy bushwalk through a wildlife sanctuary where you’re likely to see koalas. As you learn about the ongoing koala research project and conservation efforts, feel free to ask your well-informed tour guide, any questions. Visit different locations throughout the park and observe mobs of kangaroos, free-roaming emus, and flocks of noisy cockatoos in the grasslands and watery billabongs. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch amidst the rustic beauty of the park. Take photos of the surrounding scenery as you top off your meal with traditional Australian billy tea. The memorable eight-hour wildlife adventure will be concluded by people being dropped off at the original departure point in the evening.
Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne
Duration: 8 hours
8. Thrilling mountain adventure on the Puffing Billy train (from USD 62.0)
Experience a thrilling five-hour mountain adventure on the historic Puffing Billy steam train. This is a good option for families to spend half a day riding through the beautiful rainforest valleys and fern gullies as you traverse the blue Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Menzies. Make a refreshing stop of Aussie style morning tea made up of Bush Billy tea, lamingtons, and vegemite to try with crackers. Enjoy a half-hour trip through the forest which has picturesque scenery. For lovers of good quality antique and crafts, there are still fun things to do in the village of Sassafras. The first half of the tour ends at Federation Square so that the Penguin Parade and Melbourne City tour can start.
Puffing Billy Train with Penguin Parade, Melbourne Tour Option
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
9. Melbourne city center helicopter tour (from USD 157.0)
Take an exhilarating 20-minute thrilling helicopter tour over Melbourne City and along the beautiful coastline of St. Kilda. Explore the city from an aerial view, as you fly over urban attractions like Albert Park, Grand Prix track, the Yarra River, Federation Square, Eureka Tower, and the Melbourne Cricket ground. As you soar around the city, you’ll still be learning more about those features from the informative commentary of the pilot. If you’ve seen enough features in the city, then it’s time to proceed to hover above the white sandy shoreline of St. Kilda, where the attractive suburb meets Port Phillip Bay. Before heading back to Melbourne, get a memorable view of Victoria’s dramatic landscape. There will also be plenty of picture-taking opportunities.
Melbourne Helicopter Tour: City Center and St Kilda Beach
10. Tour the charming Mornington Peninsula (from USD 95.0)
The Mornington Peninsula starts with morning pickups at the designated points by an air-conditioned minibus that will carry you through your trip. Treat your taste buds to the delicious and regional wine while also tasting the scrumptious fruit-flavored chocolates, locally made goat cheese at a boutique dairy and liquors at a strawberry farm. Taste the delicious gourmets from some of the charming Mornington Peninsula’s best boutique producers. View the adorable scenery of rolling hills as you learn a thing or two about wine-making. Next is a visit to the town of Flinders, to explore the artisan township and tasting the handmade local chocolates. Finally, visit one of the many award-winning boutique vineyards for a final tasting before heading back to Melbourne to the drop off points.
Mornington Peninsula Food, Wine Minivan Tour from Melbourne
Duration: 10 hours
Best things to do in Melbourne with Viator tours
Whether you’re visiting for a family vacation or a romantic tour, from food and wine tasting to sightseeing tours, there is always a lot of fun activities to do in Melbourne.
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