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Melbourne Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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What's your pleasure? Sports? Shopping? Art? Food? Wine? Wildlife? Melbourne ticks all these boxes and more. Straddling the curvy, lazy Yarra River, Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and, some would say, its best. Skip straight to the best with our expert tips on how to get the most out of three days in Melbourne.

Day 1: Melbourne CBD

Melbourne's city center is a beguiling mix of Victorian-era buildings, avant-garde architecture and mysterious laneways. Start off with some all-important coffee (Melburnians are obsessed with it), then get your art fix at the National Gallery of Victoria's twin sites. The International  features international works and a relaxing sculpture garden, while the Ian Potter Centre (located in Melbourne's award-winning architectural centerpiece, Federation Square) focuses on Australian art.
Time for a refreshment? This city has a dizzying array of laneway bars, quality coffeehouses and great restaurants; locals make a sport of finding the latest hot spot. Tuck into tapas in a tiny bar, snack on yum cha in Chinatown, fine dine with river views at Southbank, or browse the stalls and taste some samples at Queen Victoria Market. Top off the day with an evening of theatre or a nightcap at one of the famous rooftop bars.

Day 2: Eat, Drink, Shop

Melburnians love to shop. From the CBD's big-name department stores, Myer and David Jones, to thousands of specialty, independent, and second-hand shops in the inner-city suburbs, you won't come away empty-handed. Chapel St is famous for spanning three suburbs and a million styles. Not sure where to go spending? Book yourself into a Melbourne shopping tour  - an expressway to the city's laneway boutiques and bargain-laden factory outlets.

Eating in Melbourne is also a joy, so bring your appetite! Inventive chefs abound and a culinary mix of European, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines has created a world-class restaurant scene with a distinctly modern Australian style. For food with a sightseeing view, book the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant well ahead of time - it's worth it!

Day 3: Day trips from Melbourne

From rugged beaches to historic country towns and the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula Wine Country, there's plenty to explore on a Melbourne day trip. Kids love seeing the tiny fairy penguins that parade on Phillip Island, as well as the koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other local fauna at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find more natural splendor along the famously tight curves of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's great road trips. And for a day of indulgence, nothing beats a day of wining and dining on a Yarra Valley wineries excursion or a private tour of the Mornington-Peninsula wineries.

Tours & Tickets

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 598 Reviews

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Travel by comfortable minicoach on this majestic stretch of Victoria’s ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $104.66

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1394 Reviews

Enjoying a meal on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit to Melbourne. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $66.98

Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 503 Reviews

Join a full-day Yarra Valley wine tour and visit four of the region's best known wineries: Yering Station, Balgownie Estate, Yering Farm and Domaine Chandon. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.47

Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Explore Melbourne on an afternoon coach tour of the outskirts of the CBD and also visit the inner suburbs of St Kilda, Brighton and Elwood. See vibrant ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.23

Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

Discover the best dumplings in Melbourne’s Chinatown on a walking tour with an expert guide. Sample a variety of delicious dumplings at four different ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.77

Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Phillip Island Penguin Parade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver that combines two must-do tours at a saving of 20%! After a 3-hour city ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7-day period

From USD $142.67

2-Day Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Luxury Vineyard Resort Stay

Indulge yourself on a wine-tasting tour combined with an overnight stay at a vineyard resort and spa for an enchanting 2-day getaway to the Yarra Valley, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $330.71

Private VIP Yarra Valley Helicopter Tour with Winery Lunch

Treat yourself to a private helicopter tour to the Yarra Valley for a 3-course lunch at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate and g et a birds-eye view of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $585.65

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne from high above Port Philip Bay and the Yarra River during a scenic ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Get a ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $26.79

Australia Sightseeing Pass

Travel on the best sightseeing day tours throughout Australia with the Australia Sightseeing Pass, a cost-effective way to visit top attractions in and around ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Valid for one year from first time use

From USD $334.06

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