The Big Bus offers a fabulous selection of Melbourne scenic day tours. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book your tour with us, and if you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply*.

Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne
Cheapest penguin tour

Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne

From$110
8 hours (approx.)
Encounter the famously cute little penguins of Phillip Island on this budget-friendly boutique tour. Soak up the scenery on the journey to the island, then enjoy the wonderful nightly Penguin Parade. A maximum of eleven …
Great Ocean Road and Penguins tour combo
Two FREE attractions!

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

From$274
Various
This amazing combo deal will drive your Melbourne holiday budget further! Book a Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour and a Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour, and receive free entry to two top …
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne
Includes wildlife park visit

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (General Viewing Seating)

From$115
8 hours (approx.)
This Penguin Parade tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island offers great value for money. Visit a renowned wildlife park and relax in the General Viewing seating area to watch the world-famous parade of little penguins …
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne
Includes wildlife park visit

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (Penguins Plus Seating)

From$145
8 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a premium encounter with the little penguins of Phillip Island on this fabulous group tour. Soak up the stunning scenery in air-conditioned comfort on the leisurely afternoon drive from Melbourne down to the island, …
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne
Includes wildlife park visit

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

From$175
8 hours (approx.)
This tour will get you as close to the famous little penguins of Phillip Island as possible. On arrival at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre you'll join a park ranger on a guided walk through …
Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
Top selling tour!

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

From$139
12 hours (approx.)
Take the classic Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour and add a stop at a renowned Mornington Peninsula wildlife park and a working heritage farm. It's a top day out, and it includes a delicious classic …
Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
Cheapest GOR tour

Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

From$119
13.5 hours (approx.)
Experience one of the world's most iconic coastal drives on this great value Great Ocean Road tour. The itinerary features a guided rainforest stroll and a delicious bistro-style lunch. Travel in air-conditioned comfort taking in …
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
FREE Eureka Skydeck ticket!

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne with Bonus Eureka Skydeck Ticket

From$135
13 hours (approx.)
This fabulous tour will take you on a journey of discovery along Victoria's world-famous Great Ocean Road. A cafe-style lunch is included, and the grand finale is your visit to the 12 Apostles sandstone sea …
2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne
Great reviews

2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

From$244
2 days/1 night
On this popular small group tour, you'll spend two days immersing yourself in the beauty of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road. The tour is great value and includes overnight accommodation in Apollo Bay …
12 Apostles and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures Tour from Melbourne

12 Apostles and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures Tour from Melbourne

From$155
14 hours (approx.)
This boutique tour offers a full day of fun and adventure on the Great Ocean Road. Visit the stunning 12 Apostles, then enjoy a stroll on the Treetop Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Guests …
Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne
Lunch included

Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

From$129
13.5 hours (approx.)
Experience the rugged majesty of the Grampians National Park on this great day out from Melbourne. Highlights include visits to The Balconies, McKenzie Falls and Boroka Lookout. You'll also have ample time to explore the …
Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne
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Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne

From$130
11 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a journey of discovery around the entire circumference of Port Phillip Bay! On this intimate tour you'll follow the bay from St Kilda to Mornington, before heading to picturesque Sorrento to board the ferry …
Macedon Ranges and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

Macedon Ranges and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

From$130
10 hours (approx.)
The Macedon Ranges are located an easy drive northwest of Melbourne. This tour includes the opportunity to take in the stunning views from infamous Hanging Rock, and browse the galleries and boutiques of the picturesque …
Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne
Top selling tour!

Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne

From$149
9 hours (approx.)
This fabulous tour takes in two of the must-sees in the historic Victorian goldfields. Visit Sovereign Hill — an open-air museum and heritage town re-creation that brings the 19th century gold rush era to life, …
3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour (via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians)
Top selling tour!

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

From$429
3 days/2 nights
On this fun and relaxed three-day tour, you'll explore some of the magnificent natural landscapes that lie between Melbourne and Adelaide. Drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road and experience the rugged splendour of the …
2 Day Melbourne to Sydney Tour (via the High Country and Canberra)

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

From$339
2 days/1 night
Looking for a fun way to travel between Melbourne and Sydney? Join this lively tour, via the High Country and Canberra. Visit a host of friendly country towns, including Kinglake, historic Beechworth and Wagga Wagga.
Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and Penguins Package
3 must-sees in 1!

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

From$737
4 night package
Discover the delights of three of regional Victoria's most magnificent natural landscapes on this four-night package, including deluxe accommodation in the heart of Melbourne and three amazing guided experiences to the Yarra Valley, Phillip Island …
Peninsula Hot Springs and Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne
Award-winning attraction

Peninsula Hot Springs and Wine Tasting Tour from Melbourne with Lunch

From$205
10 hours (approx.)
The multi-award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs is located on the Mornington Peninsula, 90-minutes' drive from the Melbourne CBD. This tour provides a convenient transfer and entry to the spa, and will also give you a taste …
Yarra Valley Food, Wine and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne
Lunch included

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

From$220
9 hours (approx.)
The Yarra Valley east of Melbourne has so much to offer visitors. This intimate small group tour is a chance to meet the furry and feathered Aussie locals at acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary and visit two …
Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne

Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne

From$175
10 hours (approx.)
Explore the magnificent Dandenong Ranges and the sublime Yarra Valley wine region on this great day tour from Melbourne. You’ll enjoy a ride on the iconic Puffing Billy steam train, and visit three Yarra Valley …
Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park Tour from Melbourne
Award-winning attraction

Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park Tour from Melbourne

From$160
10 hours (approx.)
Discover the history of the Victorian Gold Rush and meet some iconic Aussie wildlife on this wonderful day out from Melbourne. You'll travel back in time to the goldfields of the 19th century at the …
Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne
Award-winning attraction

Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne

From$140
10 hours (approx.)
Discover the history of the Victorian Gold Rush on this amazing day out from Melbourne. You'll travel through the historic regional city of Ballarat, before stepping back in time to the goldfields of the 19th …
Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne
3 must-sees in 1

Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne

From$255
14 hours (approx.)
Experience three amazing Victorian attractions in one fabulous day out on this action-packed tour. Ride the iconic Puffing Billy steam train, visit famous Healesville Sanctuary, and see the world-famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade!
Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne

Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Tour from Melbourne

From$159
7 hours (approx.)
Meet Australia's most iconic wildlife species and take a ride on a much-loved, fully restored steam train through the stunning Dandenong Ranges on this popular tour. These are two of Melbourne's signature experiences and are …
Bendigo travel guide

Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne

From$155
12 hours (approx.)
Explore regional Victoria's fascinating colonial and Gold Rush history on this epic boutique tour. You'll visit an underground gold mine, traverse the elegant Victorian city of Bendigo by tram, and cruise along the mighty Murray …
Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Penguins Tour from Melbourne

Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne with Puffing Billy

From$120
6 hours (approx.)
On this half-day tour you'll head east from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges to experience the stunning scenery and quaint towns this region is renowned for. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea and a ride on …
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne

From$88
6 hours (approx.)
Get up close and very personal with many native Aussie birds, mammals and reptiles on this relaxed small group 'transfer and ticket' tour to renowned Healesville Sanctuary. You'll enjoy informative presentations, including Healesville's renowned parrots …
Mt Buller Day Tour from Melbourne

Mt Buller Day Tour from Melbourne

From$130
15 hours (approx.)
Experience the magic of one of Victoria's best-known ski resorts on this amazing small group day tour. An early departure from Melbourne will ensure that you stay well ahead of the traffic and crowds. Spend …

Melbourne scenic day tours

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. The Melbourne scenic day tours offered here on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website cover all these destinations and many more.

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

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

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

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

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.

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