Choose from food, shopping and sports tours, and guided walks through the inner-city laneways. Melbourne day tours to the magnificent Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penguin Parade are also popular options.
The majority of our top Melbourne tours offer a small group size of 14 guests or less. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply**.
Ten top Melbourne tours & experiences
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.
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.
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. But 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 day tours.
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.
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.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Guided Ranger Tour)
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. The guided ranger tour provides guaranteed seating right on the edge of the beach and expert commentary during the parade.
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!
Great Ocean Road Tour
The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s biggest tourism draw cards, which means a LOT of visitors. Most day tours from Melbourne arrive at the 12 Apostles around mid-afternoon and the crowds at that time can be overwhelming. However, there’s one Great Ocean Road day tour that avoids this by departing the city slightly later than many of the big tour buses. You’re guaranteed of a small group size (a maximum of eleven passengers), and dinner is included in the tour price. Sit back, relax and enjoy this fabulous day out in one of Australia’s most magnificent natural settings.
Rooftop Bars Walk
They say you can always tell a tourist in New York. They’re the ones standing in the city’s streets looking up. In the same way, you can tell a local in Melbourne. They’re the ones standing on the city’s rooftops looking down. Welcome to Melbourne’s flamboyant rooftop bar scene. Visit four amazing rooftop venues on what is one of the most surprising options on our list of the top ten Melbourne tours. You’ll love it!
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.
Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour
Melbourne 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. This is the world of outlet shopping, but for the untrained bargain hunter, finding these hidden gems can be tricky. So get help from the experts!
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