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Our most recommended Melbourne Day Trips

  • Phillip Island: 16-Minute Beach & Wildlife Helicopter Flight

    1. Phillip Island: 16-Minute Beach & Wildlife Helicopter Flight

    Discover Phillip Island as you have never seen it. Your 16-minute helicopter scenic flight commences as you leave the heliport and track the spectacular coastline, passing Smiths Beach, Surfers Point and Cunningham Bay. Marvel at the amazing views of the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, home to Moto GP, World Superbikes and V8 Supercars. Fly overland to Berry's Reef, and pass by the appropriately named Pyramid Rock. Look below and you might catch a glimpse of the shipwreck SS Speke as you fly over Kitty Miller Bay. Move on to Summerland Beach, home to the little penguins, who arrive home here each night at dusk. Arrive at Seal Rocks and The Nobbies. Look below to see the seals, then return along the coast, taking in fantastic island views, back to the heliport. Don't forget your camera, to make sure you take some wonderful photos to keep as memories forever of this spec...

  • Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

    2. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

    Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new pe...

    This was the most amazing experience with great guides and fabulous champagne breakfast to finish with was just perfect

  • Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

    3. Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

    Set sail on a whale spotting cruise and keep an eye out for whales undertaking their annual migration. As you cruise, you’ll see coastal formations and remote beaches including, Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, and Refuge Cove. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route along the Wilsons Promontory coastline. In addition to whale spotting, you’ll search for diverse marine wildlife including, shy albatrosses, Australian fur seals, and dolphins. To make sure you don’t miss anything, the captain will provide commentary along the way. Enjoy morning tea and a homemade lunch as you cruise along the coastline.

  • Australia's Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour

    4. Australia's Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour

    Australia’s Great Ocean Road is legendary; a road that hugs the side of sheer cliffs, and where native bushland meets the clear blue waters of the most spectacular coastline. Take a full-day journey along this miraculous road, and enter a land of mighty rock formations. Hear tales of shipwrecks along the coast, and get breathtaking vistas around every corner. As you drive, you will see spectacular views of the coastline, including the famous 12 Apostles rock formations, and Loch Ard Gorge.  You will travel in a small coach, with a maximum of 21 passengers, allowing for a more personalized service throughout the day. Your driver/guide will have extensive local knowledge, helping to point out the best of the best sights.

    John the bus driver was very safe and experienced with his driving. He also was very knowledgeable about the history of Melbourne city and country. John gave more than acceptable time frames when we stopped. Unfortunately some travellers abused this and made our late return, even later. I feel a little reminder to those who abuse the time frame the first time, is quite okay. This may then deter them from being late a second time as we experienced. The food at Waves was absolutely yummy! I felt the tour was great and will recommend Melbourne's Best Tours to our family and friends.

  • Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

    5. 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 :)

  • From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

    6. From Melbourne: Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip

    Capture the essence of the Australian coastline and this incredible region in the luxury comfort of a Mercedes Benz custom-fitted tour vehicle. In a group of no more than 11 guests you’ll enjoy a personalized door-to-door experience that ensures plenty of leg room on a long journey. During your adventure, your expert guide will help you explore a host of gorgeous locations including the costal townships of Lorne and Apollo Bay. You’ll stop off for a delicious morning tea at a secluded beach setting before enjoying a guided walk through the ancient Otway rainforest and then feasting on a tasty lunch at a modern cafe in Apollo Bay. After lunch, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking 12 Apostles and magnificent surroundings on the coastline, spotting unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, and an array of native birds. All the while your expert guide will share local knowledge ...

    Great tour, tour guide was funny and had a lot of humour highly recommend him Paul his name make it fun even though the trip is pretty long.

  • From Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Food Trail Day Trip

    7. From Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Food Trail Day Trip

    Set off on the ultimate foodie experience around the Mornington Peninsula, and discover why the regions is world renowned for its gourmet establishments. Visit 4 different food producers of cheese, chocolate, strawberries, and wine and sample their products. Stop for lunch at a carefully selected venue and enjoy a delicious meal with a glass wine.  Experience the magic of the Mornington Peninsula as you tantalize your tastebuds with tastings of cheese, chocolate, and strawberries as well as a wine tasting at one of the top-rated wineries in the area. Sit down for a relaxing and delightful lunch with a glass of wine included. Soak up the beautiful scenery and coastline views as you travel around the region.

  • Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

    8. 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.

  • Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo Admission Ticket

    9. Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo Admission Ticket

    Experience an African adventure among beautiful natural surrounding, just 30 minutes from Melbourne! Get on board a guided complimentary guided safari across the unique open-range savannah and spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras!  Come face to face with a pride of lions, visit one of the worlds largest gorilla exhibits, see cheeky monkeys at play and discover a family of hippos in their wetland home. As you travel, keep your eyes open and spot kangaroos, emu, brolga, koalas and other Australian animals on a beautiful walk through the Australian Journey grasslands!

    The ride was very nice and peaceful. Seeing all the animals looking happy in a large exhibit was very beautiful and heartwarming. I want to go back again in the future.

  • From Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Food & Wine Taste Trail

    10. From Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Food & Wine Taste Trail

    Your adventure around Mornington Peninsula will begin at the Point Leo Estate, a visual feast for all who visit with art, rolling vineyards, and ocean views. Sample some wines at the cellar door and enjoy a stroll through the estate’s sculpture gardens. Continue on to Rare Hare at Jackalope for more wine tasting and scenic views at one of the peninsula’s most prestigious wineries. Rare Hare is a special sort of place overlooking vine-laced hills stretching to the forest. After whetting your appetite, it will be time to stop for a winery lunch T'Gallant, the birthplace of Australian pinot gris and pinot grigio. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the pizzeria nestled among the rolling hills of Main Ridge. Venture on to St. Andrews Beach Brewery, set among the beauty of the peninsula and formerly a world-class horse training facility. Join the locals for a beer paddle tasting, and watch the...

5 best day trips from Melbourne

Day trip to the Yarra Valley

1. Day trip to the Yarra Valley

Travelers looking to take a day trip from Melbourne often head to the Yarra Valley. The region is best known for being a center of wine production in Australia. Oenophiles can enjoy sampling the goods at wineries like Oakridge, Coombe Farm, and Domaine Chandon. Beyond wine, travelers can see points of interest like the Mont de Lancy Historic Homestead, the foodie paradise of Healesville, the Healesville Sanctuary (home to cuddly koalas), and the scenic Puffing Billy Steam Railway.

How far is the Yarra Valley from Melbourne?

The Yarra Valley is located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Melbourne, depending on where you’re located. On average, it takes about an hour to reach the Yarra Valley by car. From the Lilydale train station, the journey is a little over an hour. The journey by bus from Melbourne is also about an hour.

Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula

2. Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula

Leisure is the name of the game on the Mornington Peninsula, making it the perfect choice for a fun escape from the city. First thing on the agenda at “the Ninch” is to hit the beach. The peninsula’s amazing beaches are lined with colorful bathing boxes that are a hot commodity in the area. Some favorite spots are Sorrento and St. Andrews. Aside from outdoor recreation, discover the 19th-century McCrae Homestead or the museum and submarine at HMAS Cerberus for a sense of the area’s history.

How far is the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne?

Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Melbourne, by car it takes around an hour to get to the Mornington Peninsula. A combination of the train and bus will get you there in just under two hours.

Day trip to Ballarat

3. Day trip to Ballarat

Travelers who embark on an adventure to Ballarat will be swept back in time. This gold rush boomtown is best known today for the living history museum of Sovereign Hill. Walk the streets of this recreated 1850’s town and see how people lived back in Ballarat’s beginnings. Once you’ve struck it rich, the town has other fascinating points of interest. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat Wildlife Park, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat all warrant a look on your trip.

How far is Ballarat from Melbourne?

It will take around an hour and a half to drive the 116 kilometers (72 miles) to Ballarat by car or to take the train from Melbourne.

Day trip to the Great Ocean Road

4. Day trip to the Great Ocean Road

Regularly called one of the most beautiful drives in the world, a day trip down the coastal Great Ocean Road should be on any traveler’s bucket list. Don’t miss the many landmarks along this famous waterside route. Snap a photo of the iconic rock stacks of 12 Apostles, rising up from the ocean, or tempt the awesome waves of Bells Beach.

How far is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?

The beginning of the Great Ocean Road is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Melbourne in Torquay, around one hour by car. As the road itself is the attraction, you can go for as long or as little as you please. This is one day trip that really has to be done by road, so skip the train or bus for this excursion.

Day trip to Phillip Island

5. Day trip to Phillip Island

Best known for its wildlife, Phillip Island is one of the most beloved day trip destinations from Melbourne. Travelers flock to Phillip Island Nature Park to watch the parade of penguins come ashore every evening. Other than the penguins, people can also visit the Koala Conservation Center, hang ten at the popular surfer spot of Woolamai Beach (or simply admire the beach’s craggy Pinnacle Lookout), and pet the sheep at Victoria’s first farm, Churchill Island Heritage Farm.

How far is Phillip Island from Melbourne?

Leave some extra time for the 142-kilometer (88 miles) trip to Phillip Island, as it takes just under two hours by car. To get there by public transportation requires a combination of the train and bus, but the travel time is not much different.

Melbourne day trip FAQ

What is the best transportation option for my day trip?

With such a vast territory, it can be hard trying to figure out the best way to navigate the Melbourne area and the rest of Australia.
  • • Melbourne day trips by train

    Trains are neither the quickest nor the most affordable options for travel around Australia. Long distance train travel is a fun experience, but for day trips is probably not the best option.

  • • Melbourne day trips by bus

    Without a personal vehicle, bus travel is the best choice for your day trip, reaching destinations the train doesn’t for only a fraction of the price. Most tour companies operate larger tours by private bus as well.

  • • Melbourne day trips by car

    The car is king when it comes to getting around Australia and day trips from Melbourne. With a car, you can reach any destination without unnecessary stops and in private comfort.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip

A guided tour is highly recommended when it comes to day trips around Melbourne. Don’t worry about bus schedules, gas, or navigation, and simply enjoy the trip. Trips to locations like the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula benefit greatly from the convenience of a planned out itinerary and a guide’s insider knowledge.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What to pack depends somewhat on where you plan to go. Cold weather isn’t really an issue except in some specific areas, but light rain gear is a good idea any time of year. If you opt for a guided tour, they might give you everything you need for the day.


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What people are saying about Melbourne

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My group from Mambourin Enterprises went n saw Gorillas, Monkeys, Lions, Koalas, Hippos, Cheetahs n Meerkats. Then we went on the Safari Tour ride n saw Mongolian wild Horses, Camels, Emus, Antelope, Giraffes, Rhinos n Zebras.

The ride was very nice and peaceful. Seeing all the animals looking happy in a large exhibit was very beautiful and heartwarming. I want to go back again in the future.

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.

Easy to walk around the exhibits where animals appear to be well cared for. Great to be driven through the open range section

Wonderful time floating over Melbourne. The crew were professional and fun!