Melbourne is a well-planned city in Victoria, Australia offering you countless compelling motivations to visit. In Melbourne, you’ll experience a culturally diverse atmosphere featuring an abundance of food, nightlife, shopping, sporting events and cultural attractions.
Melbourne is one of the best places on earth to check out a new art exhibition; see an international sporting event; enjoy local wine tastings; peruse the fashions on offer at the trendy boutiques; discover delightful hidden rooftop eateries, or grab a jug of lager at your choice of rowdy bars.
There are many unique venues that will captivate your attention in Melbourne. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to take some time to experience the “G”, which is what the locals call the Melbourne Cricket Ground. You could get tickets to a cricket game or your choice of other sporting events, or you could simply take a stadium tour.
If you want to experience the most dramatic imaginable views of the city of Melbourne, consider ascending to the lofty heights of the Eureka Skydeck or the Curtin House Rooftop Bar.
Melbourne City Centre is also known as the Central Business District, or “CBD”. This area encompasses the Hoddle Grid, Queen Victoria Market and the territory from Flinders Street to the Yarra River. If you want to discover talented street performers, observe an abundance of graffiti-style street art, see some of Melbourne’s most fascinating historic buildings, or sample a variety of delicious ethnic cuisines, you’ll want to make sure the CBD is included in your travel itinerary. A Melbourne city tour could provide an excellent introduction to the area.
Melbourne’s laneways provide you with some of the best local opportunities for city sightseeing. You’ll definitely want to consider spending some time meandering through the many laneways to discover vibrant art galleries, chic eateries and proliferation of Instagram-worthy street art. You’ll marvel at the abundance of charming places available for grabbing a coffee and a selfie with your mates.
Private Guided Tours of Melbourne and the Surrounding Areas
If you want to make the most of the time you spend travelling in Melbourne, private guided tours
can help you prioritise what to see and do. Having your own tour guide is advantageous when you go sightseeing because your guide can introduce you to whichever venues and activities would best suit your unique travel agenda.
Perhaps you’ll want to savour some of Australia’s finest wines. In that case, you might want to consider booking a wine tour that includes a visit to any of the 80 local Yarra Valley wineries
. Yarra Valley’s cool climate and rolling hills are ideal for growing the grapes that are used to make Chardonnay and Pinot noir.
Nature and Wildlife Tours Near Melbourne
About an hour’s drive from Melbourne, you’ll find the Dandenong Ranges National Park. This area has many interesting local landmarks to explore.
One of the most remarkable attractions in the area is the century-old Puffing Billy Railway. When you board the Puffing Billy steam train, you’re able to travel 24 kilometres on its mountain tracks, passing between Belgrave and Gembrook. If you’re keen to experience the Dandenong Ranges’ majestic woodlands and fern gullies, this is a memorable way to accomplish that goal. The Puffing Billy Railway frequently hosts entertaining events including live music and a murder mystery dining train special.
If spending time in nature is important to you, there are many day trips near Melbourne you might want to consider. One possibility is a visit to Grampians National Park
, where you can experience spectacular waterfalls, glorious displays of spring wildflowers and panoramic mountain views.
You might encounter kangaroos, emus, wallabies and other Australian wildlife as you explore the park’s many hiking trails. If you’d prefer a more structured experience, a dedicated wildlife tour would be an excellent option to consider.
If seeing the Australian rainforest is of interest to you, you’ll want to be sure of visiting the Great Otway National Park. You have several options for exploring the park’s varied terrains; you could roam on foot, ride a horse or pedal a mountain bike. The local landscape includes lush forests, impressive waterfalls and picturesque lakes. The habitat in this area is home to a variety of creatures including platypuses, koalas, possums and swamp wallabies.
is another fantastic spot for wildlife viewing. If you’ve ever wanted to meet a koala or kangaroo up close, you’ll most likely have opportunities to do so on the island. It’s also the best place to view the penguin parade, a nightly event in which adorable little penguins return to their sand dune habitats after an eventful day of fishing. Phillip Island is also of interest to motorsports enthusiasts because it is home to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Mornington Peninsula is a unique seaside location about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. This area is home to a number of attractions including natural geothermal hot springs where you can enjoy a soothing soak in the healing mineral waters. Day spas in the area offer massage therapy and a variety of luxurious beauty treatments. Mornington Peninsula also has multiple golf courses and other things to do.
Skiing at Resorts Near Melbourne
If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, there are several resorts located outside of Melbourne where you can partake in these sports. The downhill ski resort nearest to Melbourne is Mt. Baw Baw, where you can experience husky dog sledding and tobogganing in addition to skiing. Mt Buller is another excellent option that’s about 3 hours from Melbourne. This resort offers visitors 22 lifts for skiing and has terrain suitable for skiers of all skill levels.
Custom Tours to Your Choice of Australian Destinations
If you want to take a personalised custom tour of Melbourne, Ballarat, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Great Ocean Road or any other area in Australia, we hope you’ll consider booking your tour with the Road Trip OZ. We offer a broad variety of exclusive small group tours and sightseeing tours that you can customise to your own preferences. When you travel with us, it’s possible to visit all the Australian destinations on your travel bucket list.
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