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Ten top Melbourne tours and experiences

The Big Bus offers an amazing range of Melbourne tours, experiences and things to do. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book with us, and if you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply*.

There are so many amazing tours on offer in Melbourne, and you’re guaranteed to find a guided experience that interests you.

Here are ten top Melbourne tours that will show you the very best of the Victorian capital and the surrounding region.

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1. Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour

Melbourne is renowned for its culinary culture and the perennial Queen Victoria Market has supplied the city with fresh produce for more than a century. Join a guided walking tour of the historic market halls and enjoy a cornucopia of taste sensations along the way.

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Taste-test your way around the Queen Victoria Market. Image: Louise Reynolds

2. Melbourne Chocolate Laneways and Arcades Walking Tour

Melbourne has always been a gastronomical hotspot, so it’s no real surprise that this city has a significant sweet tooth — and an artisanal chocolate industry to match. What might surprise you is just how concentrated it is. Within the confines of two or three square city blocks; hidden down laneways and by-ways; within historic arcades and holes in the wall; you’ll find a huge number of boutique chocolatiers hard at work. This guided walk reveals all. It’s the sweetest of our top Melbourne tours.

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3. Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour

Melbourne loves its cafes, but one can be packed with a queue down the street, while the one next door sits virtually empty. Why? It’s a complex equation of barista credentials, great beans, an aspirational décor and a healthy dash of street cred. Put simply: some have it, some don’t. Discover several of the most amazing inner-city cafes on this guided walking tour.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour

4. Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour

There’s no doubt sport is a kind of religion for Melburnians. The city has played host to an Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. Then of course there’s the race that stops a nation, along with cricket, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, soccer (football), and the list goes on. The Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour includes behind-the-scenes visits to the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), Rod Laver Arena, Etihad Stadium, the National Sports Museum, Flemington Racecourse and more.

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5. Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Visitors and residents alike find Melbourne’s inner-city laneways infinitely fascinating and this stalwart of top Melbourne day tours has been showing guests around the lanes and arcades since 2004. The three-hour itinerary leads guests on a merry dance, revealing many of the city’s hidden secrets in the process — cafes, boutiques, chocolatiers, fashion incubators, street art sites and much more. It’s the best of our top ten Melbourne tours for first time visitors to the city.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: Explore the city’s famous laneways with a local guide.

6. Small Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade

About 500,000 people make the 90-minute trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island every year to see the Penguin Parade at sunset, so on any given night it can be pretty overwhelming in terms of visitor numbers. There are lots of tour options but this one guarantees small group sizes and a very personal, boutique approach. Upgrade to the Guided Ranger Tour and enjoy seating right on the edge of the beach and expert ranger commentary during the parade.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: See the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

7. Yarra Valley Ale Trail

A day tour to the Yarra Valley visiting boutique breweries is a new slant on an old idea, and worthy of a spot on our list of the top ten Melbourne tours. Visits to the vineyards of the picturesque valley have been popular for years, but with the growth of boutique brewing in the region, you can now explore the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail. The craft breweries and cideries visited on the tour are in most cases a labour of love and it shows in the eyes of the proprietors as they proudly pour the samples of their liquid wares. Visit several craft brewhouses, including Buckleys — a man in a shed, with a bar and foosball table, brewing beer out the back. It’s every bloke’s dream!

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8. Great Ocean Road Tour with Rainforest Walk

Experience one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives on this great value Great Ocean Road tour. The itinerary features a guided rainforest walk and the chance to spot koalas in the wild. Travel in air-conditioned comfort taking in all the must-see sights — including the famous 12 Apostles limestone sea stacks. There’s even the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the Apostles during an optional helicopter flight!

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Ten top Melbourne tours: 12 Apostles

9. African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour

Melbourne offers lots of fascinating food tours and the African Trails walking tour around Footscray in the city’s inner-west is one of the most interesting options. Footscray is home to a 5,000-strong Sudanese community and there are many amazing restaurants in the area that serve a variety of cuisines from across Africa. African Trail takes you to some of the tastiest options for a progressive-style lunch. It’s also great way to experience Melbourne’s ever increasing cultural and culinary diversity.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour

10. Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour

The Victorian capital may be known for its trendy shopping strips and glitzy fashion malls, but hidden down laneways in inner-city suburbs is where you’ll snare the real bargains. Welcome to the world of outlet shopping. Finding these hidden retail gems can be tricky for visitors, so get help from the experts. This Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour is one of the most popular of our top Melbourne tours!

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