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Things to Do in Melbourne This Summer

Things to Do in Melbourne This Summer
With sun-soaked beaches, open-air festivals, and Christmas illuminations, Melbourne is at its most atmospheric during summer, and there’s no better time to experience everything Australia’s cultural capital has to offer. Here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne this summer.

  • Enjoy dazzling illuminations, candlelight carols, and spectacular fireworks during Melbourne’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. 
  • Escape the city for a day wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, wildlife watching on Phillip Island, or admiring the sights along the Great Ocean Road.
  • Spend the day swimming and sunbathing at the beach, then relax with a cocktail at a rooftop bar.
  • Watch a movie beneath the stars at the Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne, Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne’s Central Business District, or St. Kilda's outdoor cinema by the beach.
  • Join the celebrations at the Australia Day Parade on Jan. 26. 
  • Watch a tennis match with a bowl of strawberries and cream at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park.
  • Attend a live music festival such as the Big Day Out or St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
  • Shop for souvenirs and tuck into delicious street food at the Queen Victoria Night Market, held each Wednesday evening. 
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Discover some of Australia’s most photographed landscapes on this full-day tour of the famous Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Stop for morning tea in Anglesea, spot wild koalas along the way, and tuck into lunch overlooking the dramatic Apollo Bay. After lunch, enjoy a hike through Great Otway National Park, learn how the notorious Shipwreck Coast earned its name, and marvel over natural landmarks like the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Gibson Steps.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.92
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$104.10
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Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary

Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour from Melbourne with Healesville Sanctuary

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Discover Australia’s wildlife and wines on a full-day tour to Healesville Sanctuary and the Yarra Valley. Depart Melbourne and head to Healesville Sanctuary where you get close views of native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, and emus. Continue your scenic drive to the Yarra Valley and arrive at a vineyard for lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. Afterward, tour the winery before moving on to De Bortoli Winery for a wine and cheese tasting.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$178.46
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s postcard paradise as you travel along one of the world’s most iconic coastal roads. Dodge the crowds by driving the famous Great Ocean Road in reverse, starting with morning tea in Colac, then stopping to view landmarks like the Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the 12 Apostles. After tucking into a delicious picnic lunch, take a hike through the Otway rain forest, spot koalas along the Kennet River, and enjoy dramatic views over Apollo Bay. This full-day tour from Melbourne includes lunch and hotel pick-up.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.82
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Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne

Koalas and Kangaroo in the Wild Tour from Melbourne

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Get an up-close encounter with the amazing animals of Australia on this small-group wildlife tour. Traveling with an expert naturalist guide, explore the bush and grasslands of Melbourne’s western plains to spot roaming residents including wild kangaroos, koalas, emus, cockatoos and more. Learn about the natural habitats and behavior of these wonderful creatures, and enjoy a gourmet lunch on this full-day tour. Numbers are limited to 10 to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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US$193.33
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Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

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Marvel over the dramatic canyons, cascading waterfalls and wildflower valleys of the Grampians National Park on this action-packed full-day tour. Visit the gold rush town of Ballarat; take a bushwalk to see the Silverband Falls and spot wild kangaroos at Halls Gap. After lunch (included), embark on a short hike to the Grand Canyon, stand in awe beneath the MacKenzie Falls and admire jaw-dropping views over Stringybark Forest, Victoria Valley, and Lake Bellfield. This small-group tour includes selected hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Melbourne.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Premium Phillip Island Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne

Premium Phillip Island Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the charms of the Phillip Island penguins. Enjoy a comfortable 2-hour drive from Melbourne and walk around The Nobbies looking for swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese. Visit the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre and stop at the café before having a seat near the water to watch the main event. Take in the unforgettable sight of streams of penguins emerging from the ocean after fishing in Bass Strait.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

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Take in the scenery of the Great Ocean Road without the hassle of driving and navigation on this small-group tour from Melbourne. With just 11 travelers in the group, you are treated to extra attention from the guide and an intimate group atmosphere. Your small tour bus can stop at some of the off-the-beaten-path spots that mega tour buses can't access, giving you more views and experiences. Stops include the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles, Teddys Lookout, a guided rain forest walk, and others, all accompanied by insightful guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
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Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne

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Explore the delightful Dandenong Ranges with this family-friendly day trip from Melbourne. Chug through an emerald forest aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train, and enjoy a traditional Aussie ‘billy’ tea and bird feeding among the fresh mountain scenery. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and koalas.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

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Experience majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife encounters, amazing marine creatures and panoramic urban views with this Super Saver combo pass. Take two full-day tours along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island. Make the most of your time in the city with complimentary admission to one of three attractions, including the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, or the Melbourne Star observation wheel, and save more than 25 percent compared to booking all the tours individually.
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  • 2 days
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

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Travel on a small-group tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade and other wildlife highlights of Victoria. Your full-day tour stops at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet Australian natives such as koalas and wallabies. Head to Churchill Island to visit a historic farm and then go to see the dramatic Cape Woolamai surf beach and the Nobbies boardwalk where you can enjoy the views of the rugged South Coast.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

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Travelers short on time in the Melbourne area don't need to miss out on one of Australia's greatest coastal road trips. This Great Ocean Road day tour includes many of the route's highlights, including the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and London Bridge. And, because this itinerary is the reverse of what many travelers take, you'll be skipping the worst of the crowds.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

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Venture beyond the tourist trail on this comprehensive 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Follow the iconic coastal route past windswept beaches, beautiful bays and dramatic natural landmarks. Visit the surf beach of Torquay; see the Erksine Falls; spot wild kangaroos, koalas and parrots on a bushwalk; and enjoy glorious views over Apollo Bay. After an overnight stop (own expense), continue along the Shipwreck Coast, and marvel over natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 2 days
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala and Wildlife Park

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala and Wildlife Park

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Learn about Australia’s diverse wildlife on this full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including round-trip transport and lunch. See native Aussie animals at the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Then, take a tour of Phillip Island, visiting the Nobbies and Cape Woolamai. End the day watching the memorable sunset Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Melbourne to Adelaide South East Coast 3 Day Overland Tour

Melbourne to Adelaide South East Coast 3 Day Overland Tour

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Visit top wilderness destinations and picturesque towns on this epic 3-day tour from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Visit surf beaches, seaside towns, and national parks; and see rain forest, wild koalas, and towering waterfalls. Stop at landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Mackenzie Falls, and stay overnight in Warrnambool and Halls Gap, with the option to end your tour in Melbourne or Adelaide.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

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Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. See world-famous surfing beaches, charming seaside towns and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’ Hike and bushwalk through the majestic Grampians for panoramic lookouts, wildlife sightings, and an exploration of indigenous culture. Accommodation, breakfast on day two, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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  • 2 days
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Perfect day in Melbourne for travelers on ocean cruise or short stay

Perfect day in Melbourne for travelers on ocean cruise or short stay

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Designed for cruise travelers, this action-packed private guided tour enables anyone to make the most of Melbourne in limited time. See the city’s grand Victorian architecture, stroll under eucalyptus trees in Dandenong Park, and ride the Puffing Billy steam train through the rainforest. Finally, choose between a food and wine tour of the Yarra Valley or close encounters with native wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. Tour excludes entrance fees.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$519.77
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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

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The Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide ranks among the world’s most beautiful driving routes, but it’s easy to miss the countryside scenery inland. During this tour, hit Great Ocean Road attractions including Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles, and head inland to the Otway National Park and the Grampians National Park. With accommodation, park fees, and meals included, see the best of wild south Australia with ease.
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  • 3 days
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2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour

2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour

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Experience Melbourne at sunset from the water on a 2.5-hour kayak tour on the Yarra River. Your guide takes you around Victoria Harbour and along Southbank where you pause to see the fire-ball display at Crown Casino. Enjoy an on-the-water dinner of fish and chips, then see downtown Melbourne before your tour ends next to Princess Bridge. Includes guide, use of equipment, light dinner, and kayak tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$73.61
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Grampians National Park and Kangaroos visiting MacKenzie Falls from Melbourne

Grampians National Park and Kangaroos visiting MacKenzie Falls from Melbourne

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Discover the rugged mountains and wildflower valleys of the Grampians National Park on this full-day tour from Melbourne. Once there, learn about Aboriginal culture, have lunch in Halls Gap, then climb to the Boroka Lookout for fantastic views of the Mt. William and Serra Ranges. That’s not all: hike to see the dramatic Balconies; view the idyllic Mackenzie Falls, and spot wild kangaroos roaming through the valleys.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour

2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour

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Experience the best of coastal Victoria with this packed, 2-day tour that takes you to three favorite destinations around Melbourne. See the spectacular beaches and limestone cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, watch the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, and visit the charming seaside villages and colorful bathing boxes of the Mornington Peninsula. The tour package includes overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees, and guided transport.
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  • 2 days
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US$219.36
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Melbourne Zoo General Entry Ticket

Melbourne Zoo General Entry Ticket

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Spend a day immersed in the amazing animal kingdom at the Melbourne Zoo. Encounter native land species like koalas, wombats and kangaroos at the Australian Bush exhibit, and watch Victoria’s indigenous penguins and seals splash around at the Wild Sea. Admire creatures from around the globe, such as mighty Asian pachyderms at the Trail of Elephants and elegant African zebras and giraffes in open-air habitats. Don’t miss the energetic primates at Lemur Island and an elevated orangutan exhibit!
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.74
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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

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Get up close to Australia’s native wildlife on this memorable full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including hotel pick-up. See adorable koalas and wallabies at the island’s Koala Conservation Centre, spot Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks and watch the sunset penguin parade along the coast. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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US$147.97
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Wilsons Promontory Day Trip from Melbourne

Wilsons Promontory Day Trip from Melbourne

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Spend a day immersed in the stunning scenery of Wilsons Promontory National Park on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Explore the white sandy beaches and lush forests of this historic coastal reserve along a series of scenic walking tracks. Keep an eye out for native Australian wildlife like kangaroos, emus and wallabies, and keep your camera ready for many picturesque views.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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