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Melbourne Day Tours, Great Ocean Road, Penguins, Regional Victoria

See the best of the region around Melbourne on a scenic day tour. The Big Bus offers a range of options from the city’s leading tour operators. 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*.

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Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: 12 Apostles

Ten of the best Melbourne day tours

Melbourne has a fabulous range of scenic destinations within easy reach of the city. Here are ten of the best Melbourne day tours. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

1. Classic Great Ocean Road Tour

Experience one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives on this popular Great Ocean Road tour. The itinerary features a guided rainforest stroll and the opportunity to try and spot koalas in the wild! Travel in air-conditioned comfort taking in all the must-see sights — including the famous 12 Apostles.

Classic Great Ocean Road Tour
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Featured Guest Review:

This was one of my best experiences in Australia. It started early in the morning and covered so many places along the coastline. Leon, our tour guide, was super friendly and informative, and gave us all the details and stories behind every place we went. This tour is a great way to see the 12 Apostles when you visit the land down under! Aparna


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2. Classic Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

This Penguin Parade tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island offers great value for money. Visit a wildlife park and relax in the General Viewing seating area to watch the world-famous parade of little penguins returning from the ocean at dusk.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Phillip Island Penguin Parade

3. Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour

Travel east from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges to experience the stunning scenery and quaint towns this region is renowned for. Enjoy a delicious Aussie-style morning tea and a journey on the famous Puffing Billy steam train.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Puffing Billy

4. Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour

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 across the bay entrance to Queenscliff. Return to Melbourne via the waterfront city of Geelong.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Mornington Peninsula

5. Macedon Ranges and Daylesford Tour

The Macedon Ranges are located an hour’s drive north-west 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 spa town of Daylesford.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Daylesford

6. Peninsula Hot Springs Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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 Springs, and will also give you a taste of the fine wine and fresh produce the peninsula is renowned for. Lunch is included.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Peninsula Hot Springs. Image: Visit Victoria

7. Ballarat Sovereign Hill Tour

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 century at the Sovereign Hill open air museum. Entry to the Ballarat Wildlife Park is included.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours. Image: Sovereign Hill

8. Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour

Explore regional Victoria’s fascinating colonial and Gold Rush history on this epic day tour from Melbourne. You’ll visit an underground gold mine, traverse the elegant Victorian city of Bendigo by tram, and cruise along the mighty Murray River on a heritage paddle steamer.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours: Bendigo Talking Tram. Image: Bendigo Tourism

9. Healesville Sanctuary Tour

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 and birds of prey show.


Ten of the best Melbourne day tours
Ten of the best Melbourne day tours. Image: Healesville Sanctuary

10. 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour

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 and a visit to the 12 Apostles limestone sea stacks.

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