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.
Melbourne is hailed as Australia's "Garden City," famed for the parks and gardens surrounding it. Experience Melbourne's sights and sounds on a panoramic drive about town. Stroll through Fitzroy Gardens to Cook's Cottage and view the Shrine of Remembrance, honoring the men and women who served in World War I.
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.
Discover Melbourne on a narrated drive about the city and during a scenic cruise on the Yarra River. Visit Fitzroy Gardens, a 26-acre oasis in the heart of the city that features landscaped grounds and historic buildings. Your cruise along the Yarra passes the Royal Botanic Garden and Melbourne's famous Sporting Precinct.
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.
Travel to the eucalyptus forests, farmlands and fern gullies of the Blue Dandenong Range. Stop at Grant's Reserve and hand feed the colorful rosella. Board Puffing Billy, Australia's oldest operating steam railway, for a 30-minute ride through the Dandenongs.
Ballarat Wildlife & Sovereign Hill Goldmine Township
8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-125
Ballarat: Sovereign Hill
Travel back in history to Victoria's Gold Rush. First tour Ballarat Wildlife Park, home to koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos. Then relive the 1850s gold rush at Sovereign Hill. The old boomtown's streets are brought to life with costumed characters, horses and craftspeople from that dramatic time.
The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's internationally acclaimed wine regions. Visit one of the valley's wineries for a tasting followed by lunch at Rochford Wines. Explore Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of native wildlife in a beautiful bush setting.
Local Connections: Kangaroos, Koalas & You Yangs Park
5.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-210
Experience Australia's native animals in their natural habitat. Join a naturalist guide for a tour of the open ranges at Serendip National Park. Visit You Yangs National Park to observe koalas in their native environment - a eucalyptus forest.
Local Connections: Melbourne's Artists and Art Scene
3.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-990
Explore Melbourne's urban art with a local graffiti artist. Marvel at the dizzying array of colors along Hosier Lane, the multi-story murals of the Upper West Side Gallery, and the bohemian rhapsodies of Fitzroy and Collingwood. Finish with a visit to a local street art studio to chat with artists.
Experience the rugged forest gorges and fern gullies of the Blue Dandenong Range on a ride aboard Australia's oldest operating steam railway. Then explore the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's premier wine regions. Visit two acclaimed wineries
River Cruise, Healesville Sanctuary & Wine Tasting
8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-100
Experience the best of Melbourne. Cruise past the Royal Botanic Garden and the famous Melbourne and Olympic Park Sports Precinct on a Yarra River cruise. Explore Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of native wildlife in a bush setting. Visit one of the Yarra Valley's acclaimed wineries for a wine tasting followed by lunch.
Local Connections: Best of Melbourne with St Ali Roastery
hours | Melbourne | MEL-985
Get an insider's look at Melbourne with local in the lead. Stop for coffee at St. Ali's Coffee Roaster. Marvel at the city's skyline over lunch at the Taxi Kitchen. Look down below from the Eureka Tower. Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens. Finally, visit the Shrine of Remembrance.