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The Big Bus offers an amazing range of Melbourne tours, experiences and things to do. 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*. Here are ten of the best Melbourne tours...

Ten top Melbourne tours
Queen Victoria Market Tour. Image: Louise Reynolds

1. 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 enjoy a cornucopia of taste sensations along the way.

Queen Victoria Market Tour
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This tour far exceeded my expectations! Our guide Carmel was so knowledgeable and shared interesting facts about the market’s history. The food we sampled was amazing and plentiful! Come hungry! I highly recommend this experience to anybody who wants to do something a little different in Melbourne. Kathy (via TripAdvisor)

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2. Melbourne Chocolate Laneways and Arcades Walking 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.

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Ten top Melbourne tours. Image courtesy of Chocoholic Tours

3. 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.

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Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour | Video Preview – The Big Bus

A Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is the ideal way to see the Victorian capital’s key sights, and in this video we preview some of the highlights of the City Route.

4. Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour

Melburnians love their 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.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour

5. 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.

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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour | Video Preview – The Big Bus

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s YouTube channel. Here we bring you a preview of the popular Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour. Discover…

6. 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.

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Ten top Melbourne tours: See the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

7. Classic Great Ocean Road Tour with Rainforest Walk

Experience 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!

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Classic Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne | Video Preview – The Big Bus

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s YouTube channel. Here we bring you a preview of a popular Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne, which is avail…

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.

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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.

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Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour | Video Preview – The Big Bus

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s YouTube channel. Here we bring you a preview of the popular ‘Bargains & Bubbles’ Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tou…

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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