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Melbourne Tours - taking you out of the city

Melbourne tours offer a good option for things to do during your visit. Alison and I have been on pretty much all of them and I'll give you my unbiased opinion on these.

Melbourne tours are operated by a number of companies - Gray Line, AAT Kings, APT and Great Sights.

They all seem to be interconnected - sort of run under one management. They use luxury coaches, equipped with air conditioning, toilet and drinking water. The driver treats you to a running commentary when the coach is on the move, informing you of interesting things on your journey in a friendly, often amusing fashion.

You can pick up brochures for all the tours offered by the different companies (and they're all basically the same) at your hotel. After perusing them, you might notice that the Great Sights brochure offers their tours at a significantly lower price than all the others. Something fishy, you might think - these tours might not be as good as the more expensive ones.

Truth is, Great Sights is a subsidiary of Gray Line and, should you book any of their tours, you'll end up on a Gray Line coach, with other people who've paid a lot more! Just a tip for you.

All tours depart from Federation Square. You can either make your own way there, or arrange a pick-up from your hotel.

Full List of Melbourne Tours

Great Ocean Road

A full day tour, taking you along the coast west of Melbourne. Mainly sightseeing.

Penguin Parade

This has two different versions, both including a visit to Phillip Island to see the penguins. It can begin early or late afternoon, but your return time is getting on for midnight.

Puffing Billy

This is the quaint name for a vintage steam train that you take for a short ride. There are several different tours associated with this.

Yarra Valley Wineries

The only Melbourne tour that Alison and I have done each time we visited the city. It consists of loads of wine tasting.  Say no more.

Ballarat & Sovereign Hill

A full day, taking in the beautiful town of Ballarat, followed by a visit to the "living museum" of Sovereign Hill, a reconstruction of an historic gold mining community.

Mornington Peninsula

Another full day tour, taking you to this beautiful peninsula, just south of Melbourne.

Melbourne City Morning Tour

Spanning half a day, this tour is basically sightseeing, taking you around Melbourne's iconic buildings, with their magnificent architecture.

Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

This tour concentrates on Melbourne's gardens and parks, which consitute about a quarter of the city. It includes a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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