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Melbourne tours

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.


Walking tours

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.

Melbourne excursions

Phillip Island

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.

Yarra Valley

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.
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Grand Hotel Melbourne

True to its name, this whisper-quiet hotel is housed in a magnificent former railway building. The first bricks of the building were laid in 1887 and it served as the railway department headquarters for donkey's years. Located near Spencer Street station, these days it has plush red Pullman carpets in the suites and corridors long enough to drive a train down. This heritage-listed building is one of the most impressive hotels in Melbourne.

Miami Hotel, Melbourne

Located in West Melbourne, with the North Melbourne shopping village close by, Miami Hotel has great facilities for the budget conscious traveller, including wireless broadband, internet kiosks, and free off-street parking. The hotel specialises in group bookings and is described as clean, basic, warm and comfortable through several user reviews.

The Langham

Elegant refined warm and welcoming describes the ambience and room decor in this five star SouthBank Promenade located hotel. The Langham is ideally located on the banks of the Yarra (with stunning views across the river) and features all the best Melbourne has to offer right on its doorstep. With a Chuan Spa exercise facilities and a noteworthy restaurant – The Melba – there is much to savour at The Langham.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne

This central and luxurious hotel has spacious rooms with inviting king-size beds and cool Italian marble bathrooms. Each room sports a sterling city or river view. The top floors are set aside for Executive Suites, which have superior views and allow guests to access the relaxing Grand Club Lounge. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness club, cafe, food court, bar and round-the-clock business centre.

Hotel Ibis Melbourne

A reliable budget option located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, Hotel Ibis boasts 121 rooms with comfortable, contemporary and primarily functional interiors. A buffet-style breakfast is served every morning, alongside a 24-hour "Grab it and Go" menu. The hotel also features a fitness centre and an LCD TV in every room.

Claremont Guest House

On the doorstep of trendy Chapel Street, the Claremont Guest House is one of the best cheap hotels in Melbourne. With 24-hour reception, bright and airy rooms, guest laundry facilities, and TVs and phones in each room, you're sure to enjoy your stay. Just 10 minutes from the CBD, and with public transport near the front door, you're never far from the action. It's perfect for the budget traveller with dormitory rooms and shared bathrooms.