The coast and countryside around Melbourne is well worth a visit, but they aren’t always easy to access. A tour can often be the perfect alternative, particularly for those without cars. Add in experienced guides who will help you delve deeper into the history of the areas, and you have a foolproof (and ready-made) day trip planned. Whether you’re looking for rugged coastline or rolling hills covered in vineyards, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring scenery just outside Melbourne. Make the most of it on one of these tours or excursions.
Immerse yourself in the coastal wilderness with this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. The area plays home to a number of native animals, so you can expect to find yourself well acquainted with furry friends including kangaroos and wallabies in no time. Your guide will keep you entertained on the drive down with notable facts and snippets of history about the area, and will keep you well informed with the various sights to be expected on the hikes, as you ascend mountains and explore the native bush.
Take in dizzying views from the mountaintops, and marvel at the power of Mother Nature from the foot of MacKenzie Falls. Make sure to pack your best walking shoes, as this tour will take you up mountains and hiking through canyons, with a pit stop to meet kangaroos at Halls Gap. Learn a bit of social history over tea with a visit to the gold rush town of Ballarat, where you’ll visit the Eureka Stockade Memorial, which remembers those who passed away during the pivotal Eureka Rebellion of 1854.
The Great Ocean Road is among the world’s most captivating drives, so don’t miss out due to the lack of a car. This minibus tour operates with a small group, allowing you a personal experience, as well as getting you off the beaten track to the spots that are inaccessible to larger buses. Traversing stunning coastline, you’ll stop at natural wonders such as the Twelve Apostles and visit a few of the towns dotted along the route – gaining an insight into the area’s history alongside incredible views.