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  • Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

    1. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

    After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coas...

    Organization was really fine, everything worked out and Tara was a very nice and funny guide. To watch the penguin parade was a great experience, too. So funny and cute to watch the little guys walking along the seaside to their homes. Maybe good to know: Photography is not allowed with the penguins, but at all other events it's no problem. Take warm clothes (windbreaker, scarf and cap) for the penguins, because in late evening/night it gets really cold with the wind at the beach. Not as good as expected the go-together with the Koalas. It's quite expensive to get in touch with them (~30 AUD) for a quick photo - and that's all. No option for stay longer close to them, maybe little feeding or just watch them close. And my photo wasn't that nice, too (couldn't see it before printed :\). So think about the Koala photo (you have to wait in queue -> time loss), but at all I would recommend the tour and do again :)

  • Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

    2. Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

    Winery tours have never been so much fun and so affordable! This full-day tour takes in some of Victoria's best wineries in the stunning region of the Yarra Valley, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Begin by learning the art of the swirl, sniff and slurp from your expert wine guide and then try a range of cellar door tastings. Move on to lunch at the next venue and enjoy a winery restaurant meal with a glass of wine. In the afternoon travel through the gorgeous scenery to a smaller boutique winery for some tastings and finish the day at another top winery. Return to Melbourne having had an unforgettable day out in the Yarra Valley. Detailed Itinerary 09:00–09:40 AM: Pick-up at designated stations and departure for the Yarra Valley (just under an hour’s journey in the touring coach). 11:00 AM– Steels Gate Wines is a boutique winery situated in a picturesque hillsid...

    Peter if a great host and driver. Really enjoyed my day, even though i'm not a big wine drinker. Tour ran to schedule and we had plenty of time at each location.

  • From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

    3. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

    Depart Melbourne Central Business District and pass over the mighty Westgate Bridge as you make your way through the western suburbs of the city towards western Victoria. Journey through the Victorian goldfields of the 1850s and take a short break in the quaint country town of Beaufort for morning tea.  Approach Grampians National Park and get an appreciation of what makes the giant mountain range so spectacular as it appears from the surrounding flat plains. Marvel at Mt. William as you get your first glimpse of the park, and then go to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Center to learn about the art, heritage and 6 seasons of the Grampians as described by the indigenous people. Discover an abundance of kangaroos resting in the areas around the center. Next, make your way into the heart of the park, and enter the small township of Halls Gap. Enjoy a picnic lunch with snacks set between 2 ...

    Grampians national park is a charming place. We enjoyed every single station in our trip.

  • Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

    4. Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

    Take a journey through the heart of magnificent Melbourne while indulging your inner chocoholic. Be greeted by a very passionate guide at Chocolate Bar New York where you will receive your chocolate survival kit (map, 'I'm a Chocoholic' badge and bottle of water). Then the mini discovery begins as your guide takes you from plantation to plate. Taste the raw ingredients followed by the only Australian grown chocolate. Be educated on the difference between coverture and compound and get prepared with your tasting techniques for the day. Then the real discovery begins. Visit a wine bar and pair it with a masters handcrafted chocolate, discover some of the finest chocolatiers, talk to the store owners to learn about their personal journey, stop for 10 tastings and enjoy walking in a small group of no more than 12 people. Your guide will be full of Melbourne historic knowledge about the fam...

    The chocolate tour was very enjoyable. We had a lovely time visiting each place and sampling the chocolate. Our tour guide Amanda was very knowledgeable and had a great rapport which made our tour a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

    5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

    Depart the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) early in the morning, and travel inland to arrive at the "Shipwreck Coast" before the rest of the tour buses arrive. See the beautiful limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps without the crowds. Hear the story of Loch Ard as you step down into a gorge carved by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. Then, drive back along the Great Ocean Road, waving at the other tour buses as they pass in the opposite direction. Stretch your legs in the Otway Ranges on a guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Drive back to the coastal road and visit the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Continue along the coast, traveling a twisting route with spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Stop in Kennett River to look for koalas in ...

    Overall the general day was good but the main feature, 12 Apostles, was very disappointing because of cloud/mist cover. The principle of getting there early to avoid the crowds is great if you get to see the main attraction. I thought given the weather the trip could have been slightly re-arranged to ensure main feature was viewable. The other events on the day, Koalas was good but you seem to cram a great deal into the day not always getting enough time at the main features.

  • Melbourne 3-Hour Small Group Tour

    6. Melbourne 3-Hour Small Group Tour

    Take a 3-hour tour of Melbourne in a small group to get the best of the city. The tour covers a good part of the city and the inner suburbs, including the elegant city center, with all the glory of the 19th-Century architecture from the time of the Gold Rush to the time of Federation and beyond. Listen to stories of the men and women who made the city one of the greatest in the world. Live guides are available in English, Spanish, Italian, and German. Melbourne was the capital city of Australia from 1901 to 1927, and in some ways it still is. Recognized as the Australian center for culture, fashion, sports, and gastronomy, this city tour is truly memorable, with simply dozens of highlights including: Southern Cross Station Collins St Rialto Building Supreme Court Old Royal Mint Flagstaff Gardens Queen Victoria Market (except Monday and Wednesdays) Melbourne University Lygon St Melbour...

    Excellent but no mention that the history being recounted was of European settlement only and there were already people here who had been here for thousands of years Some mention of the first people would have made the talk more accurate and honest. However Annette was an excellent guide- cheerful, helpful and and a wealth of information

  • Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

    7. Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

    Explore the food and wine scene of Melbourne on an exciting culinary walk, and experience a gastronomic culture that borders on the obsessive! Sip a delicious cup of coffee, sample some sublime dumplings and sneak in a sweet treat (or two!) before finishing it all off with a drink at a bar the locals love. Discover some of Melbourne’s hidden highlights, tucked down lanes, alleys and arcades off the main streets. Hear about the history of the city and the future of the city while tasting some delicious morsels along the way. Your expert guide will provide the key to a variety of fun spots. Even locals may discover a few new sites! Go to one of the city's grand 19th-century arcades, and dive down grungy looking alleys filled with street art. Venture into small lanes steeped in local history and filled with cafés and boutique stores. Encounter an underground art gallery, and end with a dr...

    We had a fabulous time. Mel was so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to learn so much about the city we live in. The food and beverages were amazing too xx

  • Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

    8. Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

    Discover Melbourne's sense of style via its wonderful lanes and arcades, where many of the cooler boutiques, quirky art spots, smallest cafés, and dynamic architecture are located. The tour lasts for 4 hours, with a 25-minute break for morning tea and approximately 1 hour for lunch at the end. Traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience, discover locations that you would probably not find on your own. Melbourne can be secretive about its favourite spots for food, art, fashion and wine, and it takes a passionate local to share the hidden gems. That passionate local is on hand for this morning tour, revealing amazing local designers and specialty retailers. You will discover more than 30 stores, and its not all fashion! You'll also receive a fantastic goodie bag, with a fabulous shopping guide, a city map, and seaonal special offers. During the tour, you will pause for morn...

    Jess our host was great. We live in Melbourne and our experience really opened our eyes to just how wonderful Melbourne is.

  • Melbourne Airport: Shared Transfer to the CBD or Carlton

    9. Melbourne Airport: Shared Transfer to the CBD or Carlton

    Take the worry out of your arrival at Melbourne Airport and save money on expensive taxis with the city's number one door-to-door shuttle service. Transfer to any hotel, apartment, hostel, business, or private address in the Central Business District (CBD), or the inner-city suburb of Carlton adjacent to the CBD. Relax in the knowledge that you will never have long to wait for a bus, and benefit from a service that runs approximately every 20 minutes. Sit back in comfort on the modern air-conditioned bus as it travels directly to the city center. The shared service takes a little longer than private transportation, but the low cost definitely makes up for the short amount of extra time. Trips typically take between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the location of your final destination.

    Everything went fine, it just took a while until the next bus arrived to pick us up (after long flight you just want to go to the hotel instantly). Somehow the driver was confued about the vouchers (mobile and printed) but took me anyway. To find the pickup place you have to call the office (there are SIM card shops direct at the exit), but it's really just a hop from the exit, cross two lanes from the exit and turn to the left/right (depending which exit you take), and ...done! :)

  • Melbourne City to Melbourne Airport: One-Way Transfer

    10. Melbourne City to Melbourne Airport: One-Way Transfer

    Book a transfer service that departs hourly from Melbourne's central business district for Melbourne Airport (MEL). On the door-to-door service, you'll be picked up at the front door of your accommodation or at any other central location – as long as it's possible for the driver to pull over. The travel time to the airport is approximately one hour. It is recommended that you book a pickup time that is three hours before your international flight and two hours before domestic departures. Enjoy a comfortable and cost-effective transfer service to the airport at the end of your stay in Melbourne.

    Quick, efficient and cost effective service. 50%the cost of for my wife and I using a taxi. Nice to chat to other travellers too! Highly recommended. Thank you

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 755 reviews

The chocolate tour was very enjoyable. We had a lovely time visiting each place and sampling the chocolate. Our tour guide Amanda was very knowledgeable and had a great rapport which made our tour a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

Peter if a great host and driver. Really enjoyed my day, even though i'm not a big wine drinker. Tour ran to schedule and we had plenty of time at each location.

We had a fabulous time. Mel was so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to learn so much about the city we live in. The food and beverages were amazing too xx

Grampians national park is a charming place. We enjoyed every single station in our trip.

I loved the whole tour, Julie was great and would recommend this tour to everyone