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 (15)

  • 9 Day Oz Intro Melbourne Arrival Package

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

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

    $949
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Twelve Apostles, Princetown, Australia on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    1 Day Reverse Great Ocean Road Without the Crowds

    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 every...

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Great Ocean Road footprints on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    3 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians One-Way from Melbourne to Adelaide

    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.

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Kangaroo Grampians National Park

    2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Melbourne to Adelaide Tour

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

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

    $325
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Walk Melb coffee

    The Melbourne Experience Foodie Indulgence Walk

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

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

    $109
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • Centre Place, Melbourne Laneways, VIC

    Coffee Lovers Walking Tour

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

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

    $85
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • The Balconies, Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), VIC,

    2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Overnight Return Tour

    Explore from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park

    Explore from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park

    $325
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • London Arch on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    2 Day Best of Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour

    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.

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Mornington Penninsula

    1 Day Explore Mornington Peninsula Tour with Food and Wine Tour

    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!

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Wine tasting Yarra Valley

    1 Day Discover the Yarra Valley Wine Tour

    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!

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • GRAMPIANS BOROKA LOOKOUT

    1 Day Grampians Great Escape Tour

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

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

    $140
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Penguin on Phillip Island

    1 Day Phillip Island and Penguin Parade Tour

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

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

    $145
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Twelve Apostles from the beach on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    1 Day Great Ocean Road Sunset and Chocolates Tour

    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.

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Split Point Lighthouse on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    1 Day Great Ocean Road Experience with 12 Apostles

    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.

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • London Bridge on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    4 Day Great Ocean Road and Beyond from Melbourne to Adelaide Tour

    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 w...

    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
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • Cockatoos at Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap, VIC

    1 Day Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

    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 ...

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Great Ocean Road lookout on our Great Ocean Road tours.

    3 day Great Ocean Road And Grampians Tour Melbourne To Melbourne

    Our three day adventure will take you on a journey of discovery combining the breathtaking coastline of the Great Ocean Road and the hinterland of the Grampians National Park.

    Our three day adventure will take you on a journey of discovery combining the breathtaking coastline of the Great Ocean Road and the hinterland of the Grampians National Park.

    $495
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • 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 Tour

    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 pengui...

    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
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour

    1 Day Yarra Valley Tour

    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

    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
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • Sunset at Uluru on our Northern Territory tours.

    17 Day Melbourne To Darwin Tour Package

    Start off your adventure with a road trip along the captivating coast of the Great Ocean Road before travelling from bottom to top through the heart of Australia. On this tour package you will experience the Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Ulu...

    Start off your adventure with a road trip along the captivating coast of the Great Ocean Road before travelling from bottom to top through the heart of Australia. On this tour package you will experience the Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, The Olgas, Kakadu including a private wildlife cruise, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge and, believe it or not, even more along the way.

    $2,547
    Trip Styles:Budget
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