Melbourne tours and excursions
Wine tasting tours
The Mornington Peninsula, located within an hour's drive of Melbourne, is renowned for its fine food and spectacular scenery. The Peninsula also produces an exotic array of wine - predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The full-day Ultimate Pinot Lovers Road Trip, offered by Ultimate Winery Experiences, takes you through various wineries in search for the finest Pinot Noir. The experience also includes a five-course tasting experience with matched wine.Website: https://www.ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au
Join the Melbourne Greeter Service, a free, two to four hour walking orientation tour of Melbourne, departing the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre in Federation Square at 0930 daily (bookings required with 24 hours notice). Check online or at the Visitor Centre for orientations in French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish (and many other languages on request). Greeters are trained volunteers eager to share their local knowledge. Heritage Walking Tours are self-guided tours detailed in a series of maps, which are available from the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre and tourist information booths throughout the city.Tel: + 61 3 9658 9658.
Located just 90 minutes southeast of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a quick getaway that offers rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches, surfing reserves, and wildlife encounters. The island's native penguins are the most popular attraction here, emerging from the sea at dusk to huddle in their dunes at night. Visitors can catch the "Penguin Parade" cross the beach from viewing stands at the island's Nature Parks. Before taking their place for the daily parade around sunset, visitors can enjoy a helicopter tour of the island, rent an aquabike, or see the koalas and dingos at the Maru Koala and Animal Park.Tel: +61300 366 422.
Indulge in fresh food, fine wine and nature's best in the Yarra Valley, one of Victoria's many wine regions, located under an hour's drive north-east from Melbourne. Try hot air ballooning over the Yarra Valley, or, at Healesville Sanctuary, see some rescued and orphaned Australian animals in their native habitat. At Marysville, discover how the local community is rebuilding after the Black Saturday fires of 2009.Tel: + 61 3 5962 2600.