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Things to do in Melbourne City Centre

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Port Campbell National Park on this day trip from Melbourne. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned coach and enjoy a refreshing morning tea. Stop for pictures viewpoints, take a stroll at Apollo Bay and admire the 12 Apostles limestone stacks. Enjoy morning views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge, at just under 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers). Embark on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road. Take in a scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road. Stop for photos opportunity the Memorial Arch at Eastern View as well as at Kennett River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Marvel at Apollo Bay and walk around the famous coastal town. Afterward, follow the Great Ocean Road away from the water and into the mountains. Proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges and stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool, temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Continue to Port Campbell National Park, with its iconic array of rock formations. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps, and be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. Take advantage of a dinner stop on the journey back to Melbourne at the township of Colac. Enjoy a scenic view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

Melbourne: Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

2. Melbourne: Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

Take a full-day wine tour in the Yarra Valley and discover some of the best wineries in Victoria just an hour's drive from Melbourne. Stop at 4 different wineries, taste a range of wines, and savor an included lunch. After pickup from a range of meeting points, depart for the Yarra Valley. Make your first stop at Greenstone, nestled in the base of the Christmas Hills. 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 the next venue, Balgownie Estate, a stylish winery featuring great views and an excellent restaurant. Enjoy lunch with a glass of the estate's wine, then taste more of the wines produced there at the cellar door. In the afternoon, travel through the gorgeous scenery to a smaller boutique winery, Yering Farm. Experience traditionally made wines and see the antique copper wine-making equipment used by the Yarra Valley’s pioneer vignerons. Afterward, make your final stop at Soumah of Yarrah Valey. The cool climate allows this winery to specialize in styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and southeastern France, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sample the award-winning wines before returning to Melbourne.

Melbourne Airport: Express Bus Transfer to/from City Center

3. Melbourne Airport: Express Bus Transfer to/from City Center

SkyBus Melbourne City Express is a direct transfer between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's City Center. Travel the smart way between the airport and the city center with day departures every 10 minutes and an average journey time of just 22 minutes. Operating between 4:30am and midnight, just turn up and go with no reservations required. Sit back and relax on a modern and comfortable bus, and stay connected during your journey with free Wi-Fi. SkyBus conveniently departs kerbside directly outside Terminals 1,3, and 4 at Melbourne Airport.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

4. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up from central Melbourne in the morning and drive to the launch field. Walk to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed to get in the air.  Board the hot air balloon and after a short safety briefing, soar up into the sky. Admire stunning views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, parks, and botanical gardens from above.  Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends.  See how sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly over.  Watch as the pilot uses the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. Meet the ground crew at the landing spot. Return to your accommodation in central Melbourne after the ballooning gear is put away. 

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne city where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive at the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. To hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure among their natural habitat of the eucalyptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach, or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp, fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're immersed among ferns and the world's second-tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast, where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

6. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

Embark on a guided tour along the Great Ocean Road of Australia's southern coast, departing from Melbourne. See the stunning rock formations along the coast, enjoy a picnic lunch, explore a section of the Great Otway National Park, and search for koalas at Kennett River. 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 their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue your journey and stop at Memorial Arch, where a sign honors the workers that built the road. Return to Melbourne for the end of your perfect Great Ocean Road experience.

Melbourne: Complete City Walking Tour

7. Melbourne: Complete City Walking Tour

Experience Melbourne behind the scenes, uncovering unique and hidden laneways and street art. Explore the city with a local who can share the history of the city as well as point out things to do after your walking tour is done. See the real Melbourne on this tour. Conclude your tour near the Old Melbourne Gaol, where you will learn about Australia’s most infamous bush ranger. After your tour is finished, stop at a classic Australian pub where you can experience traditional Aussie food.

Melbourne: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience

8. Melbourne: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience

Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon flight in Melbourne and see an iconic view of the city; admire the architecture and sights from the hot air balloon basket. Enjoy an optional breakfast with champagne, and buy photos of your ride if you want to take them home as a souvenir. Start your trip with optional pickup from your accommodation in Melbourne. Jump on the bus, and enjoy the ride as you head straight to the launch site. First, get a quick safety talk from your host on what to expect on your ride. Did you know that Melbourne is the only major city in the world where you can fly hot air balloons over the CBD? That's right, hop in the hot air balloon basket and feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you ride through the sky.  See another side to Melbourne that you won't forget. Spot the MCG, Flinder's Street, Southern Cross Station, the Eureka, and many more sights as you float in the sky. Feeling hungry? No worries, enjoy an optional champagne breakfast after your flight. Take home a photograph of your ride for an additional cost; ask your host to see the photos they captured on the ride.

From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Wilderness Escape

9. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Wilderness 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 the drive into the Mt. Difficult range. Take in the breathtaking views of the plains of western Victoria from Boroka Lookout, before walking to the geological icon of the Balconies, featured in the Japanese animation "Princess Mononoke." Continue to the base of the majestic Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls, and follow a series of more than 250 stairs to the bottom of the cascades to cool off and relax. As the sun begins to set, keep an eye out for large mobs of kangaroos that call the area home before your return journey to Melbourne.

Melbourne: Virtual Reality Escape Room Experience

10. Melbourne: Virtual Reality Escape Room Experience

Dive into a completely immersive 3D experience with this virtual reality escape room experience in Melbourne. Enter a detailed virtual world with stunning graphics. Have your own dedicated space to stand and move. Interact with up to 6 players in each game. Use your hands, body, and mind to solve challenges by drinking shrinking potions, climbing buildings, or using in-built tech.

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What people are saying about Melbourne City Centre

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William was brilliant. He gave a fascinating and detailed commentary throughout the trip and spared no effort in ensuring everyone on the trip was involved and informed. The places we visited were simply awesome, and gave experiences that will never be forgotten. The geology was truly amazing! It was a long day but we enjoyed every minute.

Suzanne was a spectacular guide. She was super knowledgeable and shared many key facts about the city. She also adjusted the tour based on the interests of the group. I’d book with her again.

The tour guide Craig was excellent. He was a joy to have as a tour guide. Would 100% go again. The Craig new his stuff and gave us great information and the views alone were worth the trip.

The trip was fun, Bert was guiding us and tell us the historical fact of all the place that we visited so it was interesting while we drove to get there. excellent experience

had an awesome time. loved the helicopter ride, the walk in the rain forest and found a sun hat that actually fits me!!! winner winner chicken dinner!!!