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Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

1. Melbourne Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour

Take a journey through the heart of magnificent Melbourne while indulging your inner chocoholic. Be greeted by a very passionate guide at Chocolate Bar New York where you will receive your chocolate survival kit (map, 'I'm a Chocoholic' badge and bottle of water). Then the mini discovery begins as your guide takes you from plantation to plate. Taste the raw ingredients followed by the only Australian grown chocolate. Be educated on the difference between coverture and compound and get prepared with your tasting techniques for the day. Then the real discovery begins. Visit a wine bar and pair it with a masters handcrafted chocolate, discover some of the finest chocolatiers, talk to the store owners to learn about their personal journey, stop for 10 tastings and enjoy walking in a small group of no more than 12 people. Your guide will be full of Melbourne historic knowledge about the famous lanes and beautiful arcades so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open along this decadent walking tour as you don't want to miss anything.

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Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

2. Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

Winery tours have never been so much fun and so affordable! This full-day tour takes in some of Victoria's best wineries in the stunning region of the Yarra Valley, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Begin by learning the art of the swirl, sniff and slurp from your expert wine guide and then try a range of cellar door tastings. Move on to lunch at the next venue and enjoy a winery restaurant meal with a glass of wine. In the afternoon travel through the gorgeous scenery to a smaller boutique winery for some tastings and finish the day at another top winery. Return to Melbourne having had an unforgettable day out in the Yarra Valley. Detailed Itinerary 09:00–09:40 AM: Pick-up at designated stations and departure for the Yarra Valley (just under an hour’s journey in the touring coach). 11:00 AM– Greenstone is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley, an hour's drive from Melbourne. The Winery and Cellar Door, which are nestled in to the base of the Christmas Hills, have unparalleled views of the Estate vineyard and Great Dividing ranges. It is here that winemaking operations are carried out, making Greenstone one of the most progressive wineries in the valley. 12:00 PM– Balgownie Estate: One of the Yarra Valley’s jewels, Balgownie Estate is a stylish winery featuring great views and an excellent restaurant, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a glass of the Estate’s wine. And, of course, there are more great wines to taste at the Balgownie cellar door. 01:30 PM– Yering Farm: This stop is one of the Yarra Valley’s most charming boutique wineries. Yering Farm boasts stunning views and a delightful sense of heritage. At the cellar door you’ll have the opportunity to experience traditionally-made wines and to see the antique copper wine-making equipment used by the Yarra Valley’s pioneer vignerons. 02:15 PM – Soumah of Yarra Valley: The cool climate allows this winery to specialize in styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and south eastern France. With awards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, you’ll be sure to find something pleasing while overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyard and the majestic Warramate Hills. 03:30 PM: Depart the Yarra Valley for Melbourne. 04:30–05:00 PM: Return to drop off stations.

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Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

3. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coast line in Australia, featuring the ancient volcano remains known as The Nobbies. Then, go along the coastline spotting wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. It’s a beautiful and heart rendering experience that will stay with you forever.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

4. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

Depart the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) early in the morning, and travel inland to arrive at the "Shipwreck Coast" before the rest of the tour buses arrive. See the beautiful limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps without the crowds. Hear the story of Loch Ard as you step down into a gorge carved by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. Then, drive back along the Great Ocean Road, waving at the other tour buses as they pass in the opposite direction. Stretch your legs in the Otway Ranges on a guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Drive back to the coastal road and visit the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Continue along the coast, traveling a twisting route with spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Stop in Kennett River to look for koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue your journey and stop at Memorial Arch, where a sign honors the workers that built the road. Return to Melbourne for the end of your perfect Great Ocean Road experience.

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Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

5. Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the food and wine scene of Melbourne on an exciting culinary walk, and experience a gastronomic culture that borders on the obsessive! Sip a delicious cup of coffee, sample some sublime dumplings and sneak in a sweet treat (or two!) before finishing it all off with a drink at a bar the locals love. Discover some of Melbourne’s hidden highlights, tucked down lanes, alleys and arcades off the main streets. Hear about the history of the city and the future of the city while tasting some delicious morsels along the way. Your expert guide will provide the key to a variety of fun spots. Even locals may discover a few new sites! Go to one of the city's grand 19th-century arcades, and dive down grungy looking alleys filled with street art. Venture into small lanes steeped in local history and filled with cafés and boutique stores. Encounter an underground art gallery, and end with a drink to toast the end of the tour at a bar the locals love! 

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From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

6. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

Depart Melbourne Central Business District and pass over the mighty Westgate Bridge as you make your way through the western suburbs of the city towards western Victoria. Journey through the Victorian goldfields of the 1850s and take a short break in the quaint country town of Beaufort for morning tea.  Approach Grampians National Park and get an appreciation of what makes the giant mountain range so spectacular as it appears from the surrounding flat plains. Marvel at Mt. William as you get your first glimpse of the park, and then go to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Center to learn about the art, heritage and 6 seasons of the Grampians as described by the indigenous people. Discover an abundance of kangaroos resting in the areas around the center. Next, make your way into the heart of the park, and enter the small township of Halls Gap. Enjoy the drive into the Mt. Difficult range. Take in the breathtaking views of the plains of western Victoria from Boroka Lookout, before walking to the geological icon of the Balconies, featured in the Japanese animation "Princess Mononoke." Continue to the base of the majestic Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls, and follow a series of more than 250 stairs to the bottom of the cascades to cool off and relax. As the sun begins to set, keep an eye out for large mobs of kangaroos that call the area home before your return journey to Melbourne.

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Melbourne 3-Hour Small Group Tour

7. Melbourne 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Take a 3-hour tour of Melbourne in a small group to get the best of the city. The tour covers a good part of the city and the inner suburbs, including the elegant city center, with all the glory of the 19th-Century architecture from the time of the Gold Rush to the time of Federation and beyond. Listen to stories of the men and women who made the city one of the greatest in the world. Live guides are available in English, Spanish, Italian, and German. Melbourne was the capital city of Australia from 1901 to 1927, and in some ways it still is. Recognized as the Australian center for culture, fashion, sports, and gastronomy, this city tour is truly memorable, with simply dozens of highlights including: Southern Cross Station Collins St Rialto Building Supreme Court Old Royal Mint Flagstaff Gardens Queen Victoria Market (except Monday and Wednesdays) Melbourne University Lygon St Melbourne Museum Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens Victorian Cottages Old Melbourne Gaol City Baths RMIT University Melbourne Central Shopping Centre State Library Old GPO (now a shopping Centre) Gothic Bank Block Arcade Manchester United Building Town Hall Regent Theatre And much, much more! You can also opt to enter the Eureka Skydeck for fantastic panoramic views.

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What people are saying about Melbourne Central

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 755 reviews

good selection of wineries and excellent lunch and knowledgeable guide if there was a downside some of the other clients were a bit on the loud side and did not seem that interested in hearing about the fascinating history from our guide. He coped well with the situation all credit!

The chocolate tour was very enjoyable. We had a lovely time visiting each place and sampling the chocolate. Our tour guide Amanda was very knowledgeable and had a great rapport which made our tour a lot of fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

Peter if a great host and driver. Really enjoyed my day, even though i'm not a big wine drinker. Tour ran to schedule and we had plenty of time at each location.

I loved the whole tour, Julie was great and would recommend this tour to everyone

lovely trip fantastic views. would highly recommend this trip.