Fans of the long-running Neighbours TV soap opera can take a “Neighbours” Tour of Ramsay Street to see filming locations and the original Ramsay Street houses. You also can meet one of the cast members.
The most popular excursion from Melbourne is to the Great Ocean Road and the site of the famous limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. The Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne is an easy and fun excursion. This tour offers hotel pickup and drop-off, morning tea, lunch, transport in a 24-passenger vehicle, and park admission fees for stops at Great Otway National Park for wildlife viewing and Port Campbell National Park to see the Twelve Apostles.
You can also upgrade this tour to include a scenic helicopter flight. Another popular day trip is the Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour. This tour takes you by coach to Phillip Island to see fairy penguins make their way out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows as they come home for the night. The trip includes hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation, and a stop at the Visitor Center to learn about the penguins.
Families and wildlife lovers should consider the Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley, and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour. This full-day tour takes you chugging through the beautiful mountain ash forests of the Dandenong Ranges aboard a historic steam train, with a stop for bird feeding and a traditional Aussie tea. After the train ride, enjoy close-up encounters with loveable native animals at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Transport by air-conditioned coach with live commentary, admission fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off are all included.
More Travel Adventures near Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, rivals Sydney with its rich cultural attractions, and it’s also surrounded by spectacular wilderness areas. Day trip destinations include the beautiful Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges and the golden beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. In less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, you can also delve into the rich Gold Rush history of Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Macedon Ranges, and on the western side of Port Phillip Bay, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula are the gateways to the Great Ocean Road.
Outdoor adventures in the region are abundant. Skiers will find some of Australia’s top ski resorts within a day’s drive of the city, as well as fantastic fishing and some of the country’s best hikes.
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