The Best Unique Experiences in Melbourne

Explore Melbournes famous street art in its iconic laneways
Explore Melbourne's famous street art in its iconic laneways | | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
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Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, with its thriving arts, music and culinary scenes second to none. There are plenty of ways to explore the city – but break away from tradition and see it in a whole different light with these unique recommendations.

Melbourne has both natural beauty and culture in spades, and for that reason it draws the crowds. But there are ways of getting around the crowds. The answer? Joining on tours with 10 or less like-minded travellers, taking to the road first thing and heading out on evening excursions.

Our list of recommendations allows you to experience Melbourne from a different view. The highlights include a lantern-lit evening trip to a wildlife sanctuary, a running tour that allows you to see its fabled street art, and a vegan restaurant half-day tour. One thing to note is that as group sizes are small, it’s first come, first served.

Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay Helicopter Tour


Melbourne city and coast flight for approximately 25 minutes. View Melbourne from a different perspective! Fly out from Moorabbin Airport via the coast toward Melbourne CBD, sights of the coastline include Cerbrus Shipwreck, Point Ormond, St. Kilda beach, Albert Park Lake, Station Pier and much more.

Melbourne: Small-group Booze Makes History Better Tour


Through gold rushes and rebellions, Olympics and royal visits, Melburnians have turned to ales, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails for comfort. Experience Melbourne’s unique bar scene with a local guide and visit its unique watering holes. By the end of this tour, you’ll discover that history really is better with booze (as if there was ever any doubt)!

Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour


Discover Melbourne’s best living art galleries. Melbourne’s famous street art culture is unlike any other and on the Laneways Discovery Tour you will explore Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane and a few other laneways that we’ll keep as a surprise for you during the tour. This eight-kilometre (five-mile) running adventure will take you laneway hopping, seeing the iconic shops, bars and cafes that Melbournians love to flock to, so you’ll feel just like a local. Learn more about Melbourne’s rich history as we share stories from the past, present (and future) and fun facts about the city with you. Witness Melbourne’s distinct variation between the modern high-rise architecture and older Victorian style buildings, learning how the two mesh and how both are quintessential in shaping Melbourne’s culture. As we run past the landmarks that shape Melbourne, there will be an ample amount of time to make sure you get that Instagram-worthy photo.

Tree Ropes and Zipline Experience in The Dandenong Ranges


Experience Melbourne’s first treetop ropes & zip line adventure. Spend two hours soaring through Victoria’s rarest trees hidden among The Dandenong Ranges. The courses feature a variety of aerial challenges including tight ropes, a wooden bridge, a tunnel or a flying fox. Located next door to The Puffing Billy Railway Station.

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour


Are you the kind of person that enjoys losing your breath sometimes? Are you ready for the beauty of this storm-carved coastline?If you said yes, you’re ready to join us on this awesome Great Ocean Road Small Groups Tour.Things you will see and do: • Travel inland in the morning straight to the Twelve Apostles. • At least four attractions at the 12 Apostles Coast: London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, The Razorback and the Twelve Apostles.• Coastal towns: Apollo Bay, Lorne and lots of other stops for pictures. • Reverse itinerary to avoid the crowds – we mean it! We get there earlier. • Good music, Good vibe, more attractions, more stops, more fun!

Sports Lovers' Tours of Melbourne


City sightseeing with a difference. Visit the venues that host some of Australia’s favourite sporting events.Explore Flemington Racecourse, home of the Spring Racing Carnival and The Melbourne Cup – the horse race that stops the nation.Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit.Café-style lunch included at Marvel Stadium/Docklands Precinct.Choose one of the following options: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) OR Australian Open Behind The Scenes Tour OR Australian Sports Museum.If you would like to choose more than one option, please see our 3/4 Day Sports Lovers’ Bus Tour of Melbourne or our Ultimate Sports Lovers’ Bus Tour of Melbourne.A fabulous way to explore Melbourne’s sporting culture.

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