Welcome to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.
We have some 30 top Melbourne tours that you can experience when visiting this beautiful city on the Yarra River. Whether you are interested in street art, coffee culture, boat tours, Melbourne’s chocolate shops and more we have covered it all for you. There are so many things to do in Melbourne you will need at least a week or more.
(Editor Update 2021)
Melbourne Australia has a unique “European feel”. It is famous for its laneways in the inner city with their many coffee shops, bars and restaurants which gives the city that European vibe.
Melbournians are ‘sports-crazy’ – it is the home of AFL, the biggest horse race in Australia The Melbourne Cup, Formula One car racing in March and the Australian Open (Tennis) in January.
Melbourne is a great city for your Staycation in Australia.
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- 1 What To Do in Melbourne
- 2 Melbourne’s Top City Tours
- 3 Local Sealife Tours and Attraction
- 4 Melbourne Adventure Day Tours
- 5 Melbourne Food & Drink Tours
- 6 Melbourne’s Cafe Culture Tours
- 7 Melbourne Boat Tours
- 8 Melbourne’s Attraction Tickets
- 9 Melbourne’s Sport Tours
- 10 Melbourne’s Lanes Tours
- 11 Melbourne’s Street Art Tours
- 12 Melbourne’s Transport Options
- 13 Where to stay in Melbourne
What To Do in Melbourne
Melbourne’s Top City Tours
Take the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere travelling at 9 metres per second to the 88th floor of the Eureka Skydeck 88. During the day you can see as far as the Dandenong Ranges and at night the dazzling bright city lights of Melbourne City.
A small group tour exploring the city with a local. Drink coffee at one of Melbourne’s iconic cafes, end the tour with a beer at one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs. Wander the laneways, enjoy the street art whilst learning about Melbourne’s history.
Love ghost stories? This is the tour for you. With your guide wander the back streets and alleyways of Melbourne where murders took place, hear stories of the famous opera singer who plummeted to his death, wander Chinatown and learn about the opium dens and hear more ghostly stories dating back to the 19th century.
Local Sealife Tours and Attraction
Feed the fish, sit with the Gentoo penguins, gaze at the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles, visit the stingrays and see over 10,000 marine species with your Sealife Aquarium Entrance Ticket.
A small group tour of 4 participants, children under 14 not allowed. The experience includes a guided tour of the Shark Tunnels, scuba training and safety briefing, scuba equipment and wetsuits for your 30-minute dive in Shark Harbour getting up close and personal with Grey Nurse Sharks, stingrays and sea turtles.
Melbourne Adventure Day Tours
The tour is suitable for inexperienced and experienced kayakers. Enjoy the sights of Melbourne from the Yarra River at sunset. Dine on fish and chips in a ‘on-water’ dining experience before heading off to Southbank and more sights of Melbourne.
Get a bird’s eye view of Melbourne at sunrise in your 1-hour hot air balloon ride. Upgrade to enjoy a champagne breakfast after the flight has finished. If you are staying in the CBD complimentary pick up is available.
A 20-minute scenic helicopter tour discovering the city of Melbourne from the skies. Enjoy the parks, the Yarra River and the iconic buildings of Melbourne during your flight.
Melbourne Food & Drink Tours
A 3-hour dinner cruise with drinks included sailing down the Yarra River, seeing the sights of Melbourne such as Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Rod Laver Area, Riverside Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
With your guide enjoy 4 unique hidden venues in Melbourne City whilst enjoying local beer, wines and cocktails. Drinks are at your own cost. Hear stories from local bartenders and bar owners in these hidden venues were special passwords are required to enter. Get the latest tips on other hidden venues throughout the city and a customised map.
Sample sweet and savoury dishes, coffee and more on your guided CBD and Melbourne’s City Lanes establishments. Visit at a 19th-century arcade and an underground art gallery whilst learning more about Melbourne’s food and wine scene.
Melbourne’s Cafe Culture Tours
Visit some of Melbourne’s best-hidden cafes and enjoy the great coffee for what this city is well-known for. The tour includes a tram ride to a hidden away cafe where you can learn more about Melbourne’s cafe and coffee scene.
Collingwood has become the ‘hipster’ suburb of Melbourne. Enjoy a coffee and croissant whilst learning about Collingwood and discover some of Melbourne’s best street art.
Melbourne Boat Tours
Enjoy a 2-hour cruise down the Yarra River visiting the highlights of Melbourne:
- West Gate bridge
- Polly Woodside – 19th-century sailing ship
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Olympic Park
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- National Tennis Centre and more
Relax on a sightseeing cruise on Yarra River passing the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Cruise across Port Philip Bay to the historic seaport of Williamstown. Enjoy a coffee or visit the galleries of Williamstown before heading back to Melbourne.
Melbourne’s Attraction Tickets
Enjoy a ride 120m above Melbourne on the Melbourne Star in a fully enclosed air-conditioned cabin.
Skip the line ticket admission to 12 attractions inside Legoland:
- Lego 4D cinema
- Kingdom Quest
- Merlins Apprentice ride
- Lego factory tour
- Lego creative workshop
- Lego city fire academy
- Lego racers build and test
- Duplo farm
- Earthquake tables
- Lego Shop
- Lego friends
Chose either 3, 5 or 7 ticket admissions from the following (to be used within 3 months):
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
- Eureka Skydeck 88
- Phillip Island Nature Park – 3 Park Pass
- Melbourne Zoo
- AAT Kings Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tour
- IceBar Melbourne
- Melbourne River Cruise
- Melbourne Cricket Ground & National Sports Museum
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Werribee Open Range Zoo
- Melbourne City Sightseeing
- Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Carlton Brewhouse
- Legoland Discovery Centre
- Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
- Cook’s Cottage
- Kayak Melbourne (AUD35 supplement payable to operator)
- Left Bank Melbourne
- Meat Market South Wharf
- Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Tour (Seasonal)
- Polly Woodside
- Queen Street Rescue
- Rippon Lea House and Garden
- Seasons Provedore
- Virtual Room Melbourne
- Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour
- Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
Melbourne’s Sport Tours
Melbourne is known as the Sports Capital of Australia. In this day tour with lunch included you will visit:
- Behind the scenes tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Behind the scenes tour of the Australian Open
- Explore the Australian Sports Museum
- Explore Flemington Racecourse – the home of the Melbourne Cup
- Drive the Formula One Grand Prix Circuit
In this 3 hour tour with an experienced local guide, you will visit behind the scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. You will also visit:
- Court 3 of the Australian Open
- Stand on the site where the Melbourne Olympics was held
- Listen to the stories of Melbourne’s sporting legends
- Gain exclusive insights into Melbourne’s famous venues and events
This 8-hour tour includes a visit to Flemington Racecourse home of Australia’s famous horse race the Melbourne Cup. Drive the Formula One Grand Prix racetrack at Albert Park. Visit a local brewery and taste locally produced beers and enjoy a pub lunch.
Melbourne’s Lanes Tours
On this 2.5 hour guided walk you will visit hidden shops and galleries with a local guide whilst learning the history of Melbourne’s famous laneways.
The 3.5-hour tour takes in the sights of Melbourne include the historical arcades – the Block and the Royal Arcade, the famous lanes of Melbourne before joining your transport to see Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market, State Library and Melbourne’s sporting arenas.
A 3-hour walking tour taking in the sights and sounds of Melbourne’s lanes, the Royal Arcade and enjoying local coffee and a chocolate tasting.
Melbourne’s Street Art Tours
Wander Melbourne’s famous street art alleyways and laneways, visit the famous Blender Studio and enjoy light refreshments at the end of the tour.
Your street art tour guide will take you through the ‘street art’ suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood. The tour finishes at Rose Street artist markets where you will enjoy some light refreshments.
Melbourne’s Transport Options
A cost effective way to travel from Melbourne Airport to the City. The journey takes only 22 minutes and there is free WiFi on board.
See the sights of Melbourne on the Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus for 24 hours. You have a choice of 1 of 3 river cruises to enjoy. There are 2 available routes – City and St. Kilda.
A 24 or 48-hour ticket on the Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus seeing the sights of Melbourne City.
Where to stay in Melbourne
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There is definitely no shortage of things to do in Melbourne City. Our next article on Melbourne you will discover what you can do on day trips from Melbourne. From the wineries of the Yarra Valley to the Great Ocean Drive, Phillip Island and many exciting destinations in between Melbourne offers some of the best city attractions in Australia.