Victoria may be Australia's smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.
Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold propelled Melbourne's growth to prominence and prosperity.
Enjoy over 4 hours to Shop til You Drop at Chadstone, the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Coach transfers to and from Chadstone take all the worry out of lugging all your purchases back to your ship.
This tour offers you a great way to get to know the beauty of the Garden City as you enjoy a panoramic motorcoach tour past some of the city's most notable sights. You'll start your narrated motor tour passing some of the city's most influential buildings, including Town Hall, Parliament, and the Old Customs House, one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings. Beautifully restored in 1998, the Old Customs House is now the home of the Immigration Museum. You'll stroll among the 64 acres of the lush Fitzroy Gardens, and stop for photos at the inspiring Shrine of Remembrance commemorating those who served and were lost in the Great War. Then, you'll continue your motor tour passing the ornate Princess Theater, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Arts Centre as well as the Grand Prix site and St Patrick's and St Paul's Cathedrals.
Scenic, historic and artistic Melbourne awaits you. From the Mt Dandenong Observatory, at 2,000 feet above sea level, take in expansive views and beautiful scenery. Forests of tall mountain ash guide you into the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges, where you will visit one of Victoria's most charming mountain villages, Olinda or Sassafras..
This tour offers you a great way to get to know the beauty of the "Garden City as you enjoy a panoramic motorcoach tour past some of the city's most notable sights. You'll start your narrated motor tour passing some of the city's most influential buildings, including Town Hall, Parliament, and the Old Customs House, one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings. Beautifully restored in 1998, the Old Customs House is now the home of the Immigration Museum. You'll stroll among the 64 acres of the lush Fitzroy Gardens, and stop for photos at the inspiring Shrine of Remembrance commemorating those who served and were lost in the Great War. Then, you'll continue your motor tour passing the ornate Princess Theater, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Arts Centre as well as the Grand Prix site and St Patrick's and St Paul's Cathedrals.
Enjoy the best of District Docklands and take in the views of Melbourne's Skyline from the top of the Melbourne Star. Afterwards enjoy have free time to explore the many shops, activities, restaurants and cafes of Melbourne's newest shopping development, District Docklands.
This tour is specifically designed for guests who prefer little or no walking.
Take in the scenic highlights of Melbourne--the Bay suburbs, the beautiful Princess Theatre, the Arts & Cultural Center, Melbourne Cricket Grounds, and Melbourne Park on a narrated panoramic drive through the city.
Enjoy unobstructed 360-degree city views from the Melbourne Eureka Skydeck--created to reach for the sky. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. It is quite literally an experience above all others.
There will be a short photo stop at the Shrine of Remembrance before you return to the ship.
Join a local guide, for an exclusive walking tour of marvelous Melbourne. You will be led through the city's fascinating labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways, where you will discover lanes filled with trendy cafés and eclectic boutiques, not to mention some out there graffiti street art. You will see the hand of progress as you encounter buildings that have been renewed and transformed, such as the old General Post Office. This tour is a wonderful way to discover Melbourne's architectural and cultural heritage. Enjoy a late morning coffee at a local café, after which you can either remain in the city to perhaps visit a museum and explore other sights on your own, or return to the ship on the tram (escorted by your guide).
Get glimpse of the wonders that are Melbourne. You'll begin your day with an hour-long cruise on the beautiful Yarra River for a different perspective. Along the way, you'll pass some of the more prominent city landmarks. After your cruise, your motorcoach will meet you to whisk you away on a narrated tour past some of the other notable sights, including the ornate Princess Theater, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, The Arts Center. You'll also pass by the Grand Prix site and St Patrick's and St Paul's Cathedrals. Then you'll have two photo opportunities before returning to your ship, one at the lush 19th century Fitzroy Gardens and second at the touching Shrine of Remembrance honoring WWI.
Today's tour will show you the northern side of Melbourne, home to the trendy hotspots of Carlton and Fitzroy, the universities and great medical institutions, the Royal Exhibition Building and the modern Melbourne Museum.
Join an Electric Powered Bicycle Tour of Bayside Melbourne. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face once you experience the exhilaration of effortless cruising on an easy to operate, state of the art and environmentally friendly electric bike.
Interact with Australia's most famous wildlife at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia's premiere reserves. Your tour rides through the stunning Yarra Valley foothills, the natural bushland setting of the Sanctuary. You'll browse and explore the Sanctuary at your leisure. A visit to the Australian Wildlife Health Centre shows how sick, injured and orphaned native animals are cared. Enjoy exciting demonstrations, feedings and fascinating attractions.
Explore beautiful Dandenong Ranges and ride a vintage steam train on this half-day adventure. You'll begin with a coach ride to Belgrave station where you'll board Puffing Billy. This restored antique narrow-gauge train still travels along the same mountain track it did in the early 1900s. During your 30-minute ride you'll journey through thick forest and flourishing fern-filled gullies, crossing magnificent timber-trestle bridges. Your motorcoach will then meet you at the station for a scenic ride to Grants Reserve. Here you can visit with many of Australia's native birds. Watch for kookaburras and bellbirds. You can even hand fee the crimson rosella. Then reboard your motorcoach to return to your ship.
Board your coach as you make your way to your first stop of the day, the Werribee Open Range Zoo where you will have free time to enjoy the many exhibits. Take a safari tour amongst some of the world's most iconic grassland animals, and thend stroll through the Australian Journey grasslands to spot Kangaroos, Emu, Brolga, Koalas and other native Australian animals in their natural habitat. After this, you will reboard your coach and make your way to the Melbourne Star. Re-opened in December 2013, this ferris wheel provides beautiful views of Melbourne's Skyline.
Ballarat Wildlife & Sovereign Hill Goldmine Township
8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-125
Ballarat: Sovereign Hill
Explore some of Victoria's true treasures. You'll begin your day with a scenic ride on your way to the city of Ballarat, and a visit to the enticing Ballarat Wildlife Park. Visit with over 400 species of Australian native animals and reptiles with a few "foreign" imports. Kangaroos and emus roam free ready to eat right out of your hand! After your visit, you'll step back in time as you arrive in Sovereign Hill. This interactive outdoor museum recreates the hustle and bustle of 1850s life in a gold rush boomtown. The time and adventures are yours to explore on your own. With over 60 buildings, and volunteers in period costume roaming the streets, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to relive the boom times. Discover all the town's treasures including the old gold diggings. You can even try your luck panning for gold.
Enjoy the best of Melbourne's fertile Yarra Valley. Departing from your ship, you'll board a motorcoach for a scenic ride to the fertile wine region. You'll wind your way along the roads passing open vistas of flowers and berry farms. Arriving at Healesville Sanctuary, you'll have the chance to get up close to over 200 species of native wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, wombats and eagles in a natural bush setting. Lunch will be served at a local winery.
Local Connections: Kangaroos, Koalas & You Yangs Park
5.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-210
Venture into the "real Australia" and get to know a few of Australia's more popular natives. Departing from your ship, you'll board a motorcoach bound for bushlands of Victoria's Western Plain as you travel to your first stop, the Serendip Sanctuary. This 618-acre sanctuary of open grassy woodlands and wetlands is the perfect introduction to Australia's unique wildlife and indigenous culture. You'll see and walk amongst kangaroos in large free ranging groups. Spot emus, wallabies, koalas and other unique Australian wildlife. Then, you'll travel down the road to the Brisbane Ranges National Park and the eucalyptus forests of You Yangs Regional Park. Not only is this the home to more than 200 bird species, but you'll also find a large population of wild koalas throughout the many eucalypts. Your tour concludes with a relaxing, scenic return back to your ship, having met some of the quintessential Aussie natives.
Experience some of the beauty and fruits of the Melbourne countryside. You'll start your adventure with a scenic ride passing through thriving suburbs and climb steadily into the Dandenong Ranges. Your first stop is the train station where you'll board the Puffing Billy. This restored antique narrow-gauge train still travels along the same the mountain track it did in the early 1900s. During your 30-minute ride, you'll journey through thick forest and flourishing fern-filled gullies, crossing magnificent timber-trestle bridges. From here, you'll travel to the Yarra Valley, Australia's world class, world-renowned wine region where you'll visit, some of the top wineries before ending the day at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
Local Connections: Melbourne's Artists and Art Scene
3.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-990
Discover how history meets hip with a tour that showcases Melbourne's pulsating art scene. With a local graffiti artist leading the way, you're sure to get an in-depth look at the creations and the creators. Along the way, you'll learn about the artists, architects and designers who are re-imagining and re-inventing Melbourne's neighborhoods. From the pier, you'll stroll to Hosier Lane, declared a "graffiti tolerance zone" by the city council with a large collection of spray-painted masterpieces. Next, you'll visit lesser known laneways, each with their own artistic flavor including the grand multi-story murals of the Upper West Side Gallery. Explore the colorful inner-city boroughs of Fitzroy and neighboring Collingwood and admire some of the city's finest examples of Victorian era architecture. Your tour ends with a visit to a local street art studio where you can chat with artists and creators at the heart of this dynamic community.
River Cruise, Healesville Sanctuary & Wine Tasting
8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-100
Experience the best of Melbourne. You'll begin your day with an hour-long scenic drive toward Healesville. Once you arrive at your destination, you'll get to explore the Healesville Sanctuary. It's home to over 200 species of native wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, wombats and eagles in a natural bush setting. From there, you'll visit one of the Yarra Valley's wineries. The region is world-renowned for producing exceptional sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. You'll get to sample of few of these stellar wines and then enjoy a delicious first-class two-course lunch. Following this repast, you will enjoy the ride back to the city for your cruise on the beautiful Yarra River. Along the way, you'll pass the vast Royal Botanic Gardens and the famous Sports Precinct, considered to be Australia's premier sports complex.. Your day concludes with a short drive back to your ship.
Local Connections: Best of Melbourne with St Ali Roastery
hours | Melbourne | MEL-985
Set out on a journey of discovery normally experienced by local residents. With an experienced guide in the lead, you'll explore some of the coastal capital's most desirable attractions. Meet your guide on the pier and begin your adventure with coffee at St. Ali's Coffee Roaster. From here, you'll walk along the city's pulsating streets. When hunger calls, you'll stop for lunch at Taxi Kitchen, famed for its 180-degree views. After lunch, more views are in store from the Skydeck at the iconic Eureka Tower. Back on terra firma, you'll visit the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens, which boasts over 8,500 plant species, sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees. Finish your day with a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance, the National War Memorial of Victoria. The view from the top deck offers a stunning vantage point of Melbourne and the Botanical Gardens.