Melbourne

Arrival guide to Melbourne

Melbourne can easily lay claim to being the artistic, cultural, and sporting capital of Australia. Nowhere else has a devotion to watching sport, drinking coffee, and eating well, or supporting artistic performances and festivals quite like Melbourne.

That’s good news for everyone like you who is traveling here. Melbourne is the sort of town that’s great to hang out in and do as the locals do. You wont find a bright flashy look-at-me attitude here like Sydney. The city has many laneways that now feature quirky shops, bars and restaurants to discover as well as some world-famous street art.

Melbourne became a serious city at the time of the Victorian gold rush in the mid-19th century. It was from this era that many of the ornate and distinctive bluestone buildings that you can still see in the central business district (CBD) were built. There were also prisons built and Melbourne jail is now a landmark tourist attraction in the city.

While you won’t find waves to surf close to the city, the St Kilda Beach area, a short tram ride from the CBD, is a popular place to stay with vibrant nightlife and backpacker hostel options.

  • Day trips from Melbourne

    Day trips from Melbourne (9)

  • Tours from Melbourne

    Tours from Melbourne (14)

  • Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, VIC
    9 Day Oz Intro Melbourne Arrival PackageKick-off your Australian Adventure in Melbourne with Oz Intro. A fun 9 days meeting new friends and exploring Melbourne!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Kick-off your Australian Adventure in Melbourne with Oz Intro. A fun 9 days meeting new friends and exploring Melbourne!

    $949
  • Twelve Apostles, Princetown, Australia on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    1 Day Reverse Great Ocean Road Without the CrowdsThis day tour departs from Melbourne and takes you along the beautiful sights of the Great Ocean Road in reverse. Visit the stunning 12 Apostles, Lord Ard Gorge and Otway National Park, plus much much more. A beautiful day tour from Melbourne for every...
    Trip Styles:Budget

    This day tour departs from Melbourne and takes you along the beautiful sights of the Great Ocean Road in reverse. Visit the stunning 12 Apostles, Lord Ard Gorge and Otway National Park, plus much much more. A beautiful day tour from Melbourne for everybody who wants to see these iconic places, and avoid the crowd.

    $150
  • Great Ocean Road footprints on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    3 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians One-Way from Melbourne to AdelaideEnjoy three days en route to Adelaide taking in Australia's most spectacular coastline, including the Great Ocean Road. The Grampians National Park exhibits some of Victoria's most diverse wildlife.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Enjoy three days en route to Adelaide taking in Australia’s most spectacular coastline, including the Great Ocean Road. The Grampians National Park exhibits some of Victoria’s most diverse wildlife.

    $495
  • Kangaroo Grampians National Park
    2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Melbourne to Adelaide TourSpend an amazing 2 days traveling along the Great Ocean Road and through the Grampians National park on Route to Adelaide.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Spend an amazing 2 days traveling along the Great Ocean Road and through the Grampians National park on Route to Adelaide.

    $325
  • melbourne food tours. Walk Melb coffee
    The Melbourne Experience Foodie Indulgence WalkMake like a local and enjoy french sweet treats, great coffee and Laneway bars in Melbourne.
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Make like a local and enjoy french sweet treats, great coffee and Laneway bars in Melbourne.

    $114
  • Join our Coffee tour Melbourne. Centre Place, Melbourne Laneways, VIC
    Coffee Lovers Walking TourGet off the beaten track and down some Laneways in Melbourne on this 2 hours walking tour. Drink coffee with our local guide.
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Get off the beaten track and down some Laneways in Melbourne on this 2 hours walking tour. Drink coffee with our local guide.

    $85
  • The Balconies, Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), VIC,
    2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Overnight Return TourExplore from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Explore from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park

    $325
  • London Arch on our Great Ocean Road tours. Adelaide to Melbourne Great Ocean Road Tour
    2 Day Best of Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island TourEnjoy a fabulous 2 Day Great Ocean Road Adventure including a visit to Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade and driving the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles, the second most photographed sight in Australia.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Enjoy a fabulous 2 Day Great Ocean Road Adventure including a visit to Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade and driving the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles, the second most photographed sight in Australia.

    $440
  • Mornington Penninsula
    1 Day Explore Mornington Peninsula Tour with Food and Wine TourExplore Mornington Peninsula tour and be as enchanted by the maritime playground, quiet bayside beaches and opposing powerful southern ocean, as you are by its wine and gourmet local produce!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Explore Mornington Peninsula tour and be as enchanted by the maritime playground, quiet bayside beaches and opposing powerful southern ocean, as you are by its wine and gourmet local produce!

    $145
  • Wine tasting Yarra Valley
    1 Day Discover the Yarra Valley Wine TourDiscover and explore the Yarra Valley as we visit Australia’s premier wine producing region in our Yarra Valley Wine Tour, this trip is guaranteed to be a hit with all Wine, Beer and Food lovers!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Discover and explore the Yarra Valley as we visit Australia’s premier wine producing region in our Yarra Valley Wine Tour, this trip is guaranteed to be a hit with all Wine, Beer and Food lovers!

    $145
  • GRAMPIANS BOROKA LOOKOUT
    1 Day Grampians Great Escape TourExplore mountains ranges, waterfalls and encounter wildlife on this Grampians Tour
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Explore mountains ranges, waterfalls and encounter wildlife on this Grampians Tour

    $140
  • Penguin on Phillip Island
    1 Day Phillip Island and Penguin Parade TourSee the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island and take a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Reserve.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    See the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island and take a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Reserve.

    $145
  • Twelve Apostles from the beach on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    1 Day Great Ocean Road Sunset and Chocolates TourSee Aussie wildlife, check out magnificent surf beaches, nibble on free chocolate samples, take a walk in an ancient rainforest, and witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles as the sun sets on the horizon.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    See Aussie wildlife, check out magnificent surf beaches, nibble on free chocolate samples, take a walk in an ancient rainforest, and witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles as the sun sets on the horizon.

    $130
  • Split Point Lighthouse on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    1 Day Great Ocean Road Experience with 12 ApostlesJoin us on a relaxed and social small group tour as we leave the busy Melbourne streets and explore the Great Ocean Road‘s rainforests, beaches and breathtaking views.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Join us on a relaxed and social small group tour as we leave the busy Melbourne streets and explore the Great Ocean Road‘s rainforests, beaches and breathtaking views.

    $130
  • London Bridge on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    4 Day Great Ocean Road and Beyond from Melbourne to Adelaide TourSpend 4 days and 3 nights enjoying one of the most awe-inspiring journeys in the world Melbourne to Adelaide. Staying in 4-star hotels on the tour, seeing breathtaking views, enjoying local Aussie personalities, sampling world-class food, and tasting w...
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Spend 4 days and 3 nights enjoying one of the most awe-inspiring journeys in the world Melbourne to Adelaide. Staying in 4-star hotels on the tour, seeing breathtaking views, enjoying local Aussie personalities, sampling world-class food, and tasting wonderful wine.

    $1,595
  • Cockatoos at Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap, VIC
    1 Day Great Ocean Road Sunset TourEnjoy the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, with the unique experience of seeing the 12 Apostles at Sunset. Be exposed to stretches of uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforest. All of this remarkable scenery provides an amazing ...
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Enjoy the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, with the unique experience of seeing the 12 Apostles at Sunset. Be exposed to stretches of uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforest. All of this remarkable scenery provides an amazing postcard backdrop for all your memories.

    $115
  • Great Ocean Road lookout on our Great Ocean Road tours. 3 day great ocean road and grampians tour from melbourne
    3 day Great Ocean Road And Grampians TourOur three-day adventure starts and finishes in Melbourne taking in the breathtaking coastline and hinterland.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Our three-day adventure starts and finishes in Melbourne taking in the breathtaking coastline and hinterland.

    $495
  • Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road, VIC. Twelve Apostles Twelve Apostles on our Great Ocean Road tours.
    2 day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island TourThis 2 day tour starts and finishes in Melbourne and overnights on the Great Ocean Road after seeing the 12 Apostles rock formation. Travel by ferry across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula and onward to Phillip island for the nightly pengui...
    Trip Styles:Budget

    This 2 day tour starts and finishes in Melbourne and overnights on the Great Ocean Road after seeing the 12 Apostles rock formation. Travel by ferry across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula and onward to Phillip island for the nightly penguin parade when penguins return from the ocean onto land for the night.

    $440
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour
    1 Day Yarra Valley TourThe Yarra Valley is a notable wine growing region and gourmet food producing area with a micro-climate close to Melbourne. Enjoy a day out here visiting wineries with wine tasting, a chocolate factory and cider tasting, with lunch included
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    The Yarra Valley is a notable wine growing region and gourmet food producing area with a micro-climate close to Melbourne. Enjoy a day out here visiting wineries with wine tasting, a chocolate factory and cider tasting, with lunch included

    $140
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