Melbourne Sightseeing Tours
Discover the laneways and all that Melbourne has to offer either on a walking tour, by bus, hot air balloon, helicopter or boat cruise. Self-guided tours are easy to organise as Melbourne is laid out on a grid system and is easy to get around on foot or by public transport.
The best way to get acquainted with our city is by taking the free City Circle Tram, jump off to explore or just enjoy the ride. I’m Free Walking Tours is another free option (though they do expect a tip at the end). Be taken around Melbourne by a local with passion.
Getting Out of Melbourne…
We know Melbourne so well and really love to see visitors, and locals, getting the most out of this gorgeous city and all that there is to see and do. The tours listed below are all handpicked to showcase what is available and help you choose the best way to get to know and to experience our city.
The Official ‘Neighbours’ Tour
For over 20 years travellers have been visiting ‘Ramsay Street’ and enjoying a good laugh at the same time. Australia’s longest-running soap opera is loved by millions around the world and many young backpackers go to visit ‘on behalf’ of their Mums even if they do not watch it themselves.
Two different options available:
1. “Visit Ramsay Street, made famous in the popular TV series “Neighbours” and take photos of all the houses and the authentic props seen on the show. You’ll see many of the sets featured on the series at Global Television Studios as well!”
2. “Neighbours Half-Day Tour with Star Meeting See the houses where “Neighbours” is filmed, see authentic props, and even meet one of your favourite Neighbours actors (past or present)”.
Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour
“Immerse yourself in the local culture and make the most of your visit to Melbourne. Explore the city’s cool laneways on a 2.5-hour tour with a friendly local guide. Discover a selection of secret galleries, hidden shops, and laneway cafés.”.
Find out more about this Walking Tour
Melbourne Cafe & Coffee Culture Walking Tour
“Melbourne has become famous, the world over, for it’s café culture scene. The city streets are abuzz with endless cafes and restaurants. Diverting from the main drag of coffee-lined laneways, this Café Culture walk takes you on a tour of Melbourne’s hidden away food and coffee scene. Get introduced to many unique businesses which are passionate about coffee. You’ll find places you would never have found on your own and get a real taste of Melbourne’s unique flavour.”.
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
“Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Yarra River enjoying the skyline views of the city as you cruise towards the Docklands area. On board you’ll enjoy the packed lunch provided.Then travelling underneath the Bolte Bridge, you’ll see the shipping yards, million dollar apartments and barque sailing vessel “Polly Woodside”. “.
Spirit of Melbourne 4 Course Meal Cruise
“Board your fully enclosed boat at Southbank Promenade to start your dinner cruise along the Yarra River. While aboard the floating restaurant, take in views of the lit-up city skyline, and pass by waterfront sights such as Federation Square, Flinders Station, Rod Laver Arena, Riverside Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Relax with a beer, liquor or red, white or sparkling wine and enjoy the romantic atmosphere on the boat. Your dinner is prepared by talented chefs and served by attentive staff. It will also be paired with premium Australian wines.”.
Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne
“Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour is a sightseeing tour with a difference. Explore the vast Melbourne cricket ground, Rod Laver arena, or the national sports museum, led by a professional tour guide, and learn about the history of Melbourne through its sporting achievements..
Melbourne Sunrise Balloon Ride
What a brilliant way to start the day, a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne at sunrise!
“Help to inflate the hot air balloon at the start of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, drift over the parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. Look down onto iconic sports venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park and Albert Park, home to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Treat a loved one to a romantic gift and get a unique peek at the city from above. Upgrade to a Champagne breakfast at the end of your flight for the ultimate experience.”.
Little Penguins on Philip Island
Since the 1920’s people have been visiting Philip Island to see the ‘Penguin Parade’, watching the little penguins come ashore just after dusk and return to their burrows.
It is one of the most visited attractions near Melbourne. A bus tour is ideal as the drive back after dark can be daunting. Or maybe stay down there for a night or two if you are doing a self-drive tour.
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