The Big Bus tour and travel guide offers a great selection of Melbourne scenic day tours that will show you the best of the region.

Leave the city behind and join a guided tour to the stunning Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island (home to the world-famous Penguin Parade), the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, charming Daylesford, or perhaps the historic regional Victorian cities of Bendigo and Ballarat. The majority of these Melbourne scenic day tours offer small group sizes of 14 guests or less.

There are no booking or credit card fees when you book your tour with us*. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply**.

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Great Ocean Road and Penguins tour combo

Great Ocean Road and Penguins Tour Combo with Two Free Melbourne Attractions!

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Mt Buller Day Tour from Melbourne

Mt Buller Day Tour from Melbourne

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (Premium)

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (Guided Ranger Tour)

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Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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12 Apostles and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures Tour from Melbourne

12 Apostles and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures Tour from Melbourne

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2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and Penguins Package

Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and Penguins Package from Melbourne (4 Nights)

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Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne

Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne

Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne with Puffing Billy

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Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne

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Mornington Peninsula Wine and Food Tour from Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula Wine and Food Tour from Melbourne

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery Tour from Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Peninsula Hot Springs and Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne

Peninsula Hot Springs and Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

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Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park Tour from Melbourne

Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park Tour from Melbourne

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Macedon Ranges and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

Macedon Ranges and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

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Macedon Wine, Beer and Horses Tour from Melbourne

Macedon Wine, Beer and Horses Tour from Melbourne to Living Legends

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Bendigo travel guide

Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne

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Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne

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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne

Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne

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Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne

Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Yarra Valley wine, cider and chocolate tours

Yarra Valley Wine, Cider, Beer and Chocolate Day Tour from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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Yarra Valley Private Wine Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Private Wine Tour from Melbourne

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Yarra Valley Brewery Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Brewery Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

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2 Day Melbourne to Sydney Tour (via the High Country and Canberra)

2 Day Melbourne to Sydney Tour via the High Country and Canberra

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3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour (via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians)

3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians

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Melbourne scenic day tours

Melbourne scenic day tours: 12 Apostles

Melbourne scenic day tours: Five destinations worth leaving town for

Melbourne is cultured, creative and captivating enough to keep you busy for weeks.

However, if you decide to tear yourself away and venture out into the magnificent Victoria countryside during your stay, here are five day tour destinations that all offer something really special.

Melbourne travel guide

Great Ocean Road

While it’s most famous for the spectacular 12 Apostles sea stacks (albeit a few less than that these days), there is so much more to the Great Ocean Road. Along with a visit to the historic Cape Otway Lightstation, a day is just enough to also experience some of the majesty of the Great Otway National Park.

Melbourne scenic day tours

Melbourne scenic day tours: Cape Otway Lightstation

Daylesford

Cute without being clichéd, quaint without being twee, the cosy town of Daylesford is a favourite weekend getaway for Melburnians. With a delightful main street lined with galleries, boutiques and cafes, it’s also just a few minutes from the renowned spa town of Hepburn Springs.

Melbourne scenic day tours

Melbourne scenic day tours: Daylesford

Dandenong Ranges

The enchanting Dandenong Ranges offer such a cool and lush respite that it’s hard to believe you’re only an hour from the city centre. The charming mountain towns of Sassafras and Olinda are secreted away in the mountain ash forests, and you can take a hike through the Sherbrooke Forest or ride the famous Puffing Billy steam train.  

Melbourne scenic day tours

Melbourne scenic day tours: Dandenong Ranges

Phillip Island

All the world loves a penguin and there are plenty of them to love on Phillip Island, which is located about 90-minutes’ drive southeast of the city. The appropriately named little penguin is the smallest species of the bird, but that doesn’t stop this colony from putting on a blockbuster evening show. The much-loved nightly ritual, where the penguins return from a day of fishing  in Bass Strait to scurry up the beach to their rookery, has been entertaining the locals and tourists for decades.

Melbourne scenic day tours

Melbourne scenic day tours: Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Hanging Rock

This six-million-year-old monolith gained infamy as the subject of the Australian book and film of the same name, but it was sacred to the Indigenous owners of the land a long time before that. Located within the Macedon Regional Park, the 40-minute hike to the top of Hanging Rock culminates in majestic views over this geologically-diverse region.

*Applies to bookings made directly on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website and may not apply to bookings made via affiliate websites, including Viator.

**Applies to tours available on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website and does not apply to tours offered via affiliate websites, including Viator. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. To claim, please call our booking line on 1300 330 189 or email [email protected]. The tour must be available for booking on the date you have selected on the competitor’s website. We do not offer the guarantee where a discount or promotional code from the competitor has been applied.

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