Ten of the best Melbourne bus tours and experiences
Melbourne offers an array of tours and guided experiences. Here are ten top options that will show you the best of the Victorian capital and surrounding region.
1. Classic Great Ocean Road Tour with Rainforest Walk
Enjoy 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!
Classic Great Ocean Road Tour
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
2. Queen Victoria Market 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 sample a cornucopia of taste sensations along the way.
3. Melbourne Chocolate Tour
The Victorian capital 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 city blocks, hidden down laneways and by-ways and 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.
4. Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
A Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is the ideal way to take in the city’s key sights at your own pace. From the many landmark architectural and historic attractions, to the bustling markets, bayside beaches and green spaces, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to see and do on the two Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour routes. Plan your itinerary without having to worry about using public transport. Hop off the bus at each attraction you want to see, and when you’re done, hop back on and move on to the next one.
5. Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Tour
Travel east from Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges for a Devonshire tea and ride on the famous Puffing Billy steam train. Puffing Billy came into service at the turn of the 20th century as part of a drive to develop rural parts of Victoria. Today the service is one of the state’s premier tourist attractions, and one that appeals to all ages.
6. Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour
Visitors and residents alike find Melbourne’s inner-city laneways infinitely fascinating and this popular tour leads guests on a merry dance, revealing many of the city’s best kept secrets in the process — cafes, boutiques, chocolatiers, fashion incubators, street art sites and much more.
7. 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.
8. Yarra Valley Wine, Cider, Beer and Chocolate Tour
This fabulous Yarra Valley Wine, Cider, Beer and Chocolate Tour from Melbourne is the perfect introduction to everything that makes the Yarra Valley so deliciously special. Spend a relaxed day exploring the picturesque valley with your friendly guide, and sample fresh produce, fine wines, artisanal chocolates, and craft beers and ciders along the way.
9. 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 on this popular Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour.
10. Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour
To say that Melbourne is a city of sports lovers is an understatement; most of the population is ‘sports-mad’! The city has played host to an Olympic Games and a Commonwealth Games. Then of course there’s the Melbourne Cup (the horse race that ‘stops a nation’), alongside pro-level cricket, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, soccer (football), motor racing, and the list goes on. The Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour takes guests behind the scenes at the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), Rod Laver Arena, Docklands Stadium and Flemington Racecourse. You’ll also visit the new-look Australian Sports Museum.
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