Recommended Tours of Melbourne

by James Lushe

Victoria’s capital city Melbourne is one of the easier places to explore in Australia. Because the city is flat and arranged in a well planned grid pattern, as well as being compact, it’s easy to get around in. However, that does not mean you’ll be bored silly, because there’s heaps of things to see and do in marvellous Melbourne

First time visitors to Melbourne should start their travels by jumping on the tram which circles the perimeter of the main business and shopping areas of the city. This gives you the chance to get an introduction to a lot of great places you’ll want to visit properly later. It’s recommended that once you finish your tram ride, you start out walking the famous Melbourne Golden Mile trail, which will ensure you get to see many of the best known and famous historic sites.

There are half-day bus tours such as the Marvelous Melbourne Tour that takes visitors through the inner suburbs like Carlton, Albert Park and Port Melbourne while the Melbourne Sports Tours is an excellent way for sports buffs to discover why the city is the sporting capital of Australia.

If your tastes are a little more upmarket, you could consider trying a hot air balloon ride or a river cruise to see the city in all its glory. For something more adventurous, why not take a flying tour in a seaplane. Both Dog Scenic Flights and Melbourne Seaplanes can give you a thrilling experience if this appeals to you.

You can even go on a ghost hunting tour with the Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour. This one is done on foot and visits some of the city’s more “paranormally active” areas. Alternatively, why not learn about Melbourne’s colourful history and past with tours to the town hall or cemetery. You’ll have a laugh hearing about some of Melbourne’s “interesting” historical characters, as well as seeing a view of life in days gone by.

Lovers of chocolate and other sweet treats will be thrilled by the Chocolate Lovers Walk. Get in the chocolate mood (that should be easy!) at lunchtime with luxury products, hot chocolate and Belgian chocolate muffin cakes! There are quite a few different tours like this, to help satisfy your sweet tooth, while also introducing you to the city itself. Once you’ve satisfied the sweet tooth, check out some of the other food tours, including the Colonial Tram Car Restaurants tour, which introduces you to Melbourne’s 2 great loves: trams and food.

If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll LOVE Melbourne’s Shopping Spree bus tour. It takes you down all the backstreets and hidden alleys, to visit the bargain factory and warehouse outlets that Melbourne is famous for.

The Australian Aborigines have a rich past in the Melbourne area before the early settlers arrived, and you can absorb the culture and history of this on the Aboriginal Heritage Walk. While on this tour, you’ll also get to see the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens – well worth a visit.

While there is plenty to see in the city of Melbourne itself, if you’re a bit of an explorer, you might also like to consider a day trip out of the city and see some of Victoria’s best tourist spots. Places such as the Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, the Grampians National Park and the famous old gold mining towns of Ballarat and Bendigo will delight you. Also, wine lovers should definitely make plans to visit the Yarra Valley Wine region and enjoy the local drop.

Cap off your Melbourne adventure with a day at Daylesford and Hepburn Springs to enjoy their relaxing and soothing hill spa resorts.

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