Explore Melbourne & Victoria
Whether it be a tour through our iconic galleries and art precinct, a wander down our colourful laneway restaurants or a trip to our breathtaking coastline and vineyards – Melbourne truly is a world class city.
Some of the most popular Victorian destinations are featured below. To add a tour prior to or post-AIAC 2021 go to the Visit Victoria website.
PENGUIN PARADE TOUR
Every evening at dusk, the penguins come home from the sea to Phillip Island.Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows. Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife featuring seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, bird life and penguins.
The tour also takes you to Churchill Island, where you can explore the working farm; Koala Conservation Centre, where you’ll see koalas in their natural habitat; Penguin Parade, giving you the opportunity to wander through the “Penguin Experience” exhibition; and Summerland Beach, providing a premium viewing area for the penguins’ arrival.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Known for its dramatic and impressive coastline, one of our top attractions is the Great Ocean Road; a must-see when you visit Melbourne.
Make sure your camera is fully charged as you will certainly be snap happy travelling along the coast with its spectacular ocean vistas contrasting with serene rain forest. The tour also takes you to the star attractions of Port Campbell National Park, a viewing of the Twelve Apostles from the boardwalk, and exploring the Loch Ard Gorge.
YARRA VALLEY WINERIES & DANDENONG RANGES
Sample the best wine, food and scenery of Victoria by taking a tour through the beautiful Blue Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. Wineries you’ll visit include Fergusson Winery, Rochford Wines and Dominique Portet.
Looking for a full day out with an emphasis on a wide range of wine accompanied by superb food and hinterland scenery? This tour might be for you. Highlights include Mooroduc Estate, Yabby Lake, Quealy Vineyard, Merricks General Wine Store, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates, Red Hill Cheese and Arthurs Seat.
Starting early, you’ll travel along the coast past Melbourne’s beachside suburbs and then head inland to the first stop, Moorooduc Estate at Moorooduc. A short drive away is the Yabby Lake Vineyard, one of the higher profile vineyards in the Peninsula. Skirting the Westernport Bay side of the Peninsula, the tour takes you to the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Quirky and with a nod to Italian winemaking styles, it’s a vineyard that leaves an impression.
After lunch, visits would be made to the Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders and Red Hill Cheese at Main Ridge. Both properties complement the wineries beautifully and offer variety that’s missing in other wine regions. On days when both these properties are closed, a visit would be made to either Stonier Wines or Ten Minutes by Tractor Vineyard. The return to Melbourne travels via Arthurs Seat, the highest point on the Peninsula. A stop will be made to enjoy the panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne and beyond (weather permitting).
Melbourne City Sightseeing is part of the world’s leading open-top bus tour operators. The recognisable red double decker bus offers a spectacular panoramic view of Melbourne city and surrounds with a full on-board commentary. It operates a hop-on hop-off service to 23 major attractions in the city and the seaside suburb of St Kilda. 24 and 48-hour passes are available, providing flexibility and convenience to visitors. The buses’ main stop is located at Federation Square on Flinders Street near Russell Street. City tours depart from 09:30 and then every 40 minutes. St Kilda tours depart from 09:45 and then every hour.