As a capital of culture, Melbourne caters to fanatics of everything from art to food to sports. With a strong European influence, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city that thrives on fashion, art and theatre. Spend your days perusing boutiques, catching a show or strolling through museums. And when that gets to be too much, there’s ...
Get back to basics with this classic seventeen-day overland adventure. See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Red Centre and Top End in rugged, authentic style
Cruise the world famous Great Ocean Road
Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
The Great Ocean Road and the Nullarbor are two of the most iconic ocean drives in Australia. The Nullarbor is yet to be discovered by the crowds of tourists and you'll literally feel like you're on the edge of the earth.
“As indicated previously, the trip was excellent. All of the places proved to be wonderful experiences, except for the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise was the major reason that we booked this trip. It turned out to be very disappointing. There were too many people on the cruise, a very limited area in which to snorkel, and the water visibility was bad. I realize nobody can control the weather, but it turned out to be a very negative experience for us. I am enclosing a couple of underwater photos, so you can see what we mean. In the future, I would recommend that you limit the party size on board the catamaran, increase the area in which people can snorkel, and provide more time to snorkel.
One other item we want to bring to your attention is the aboriginal workshop at Uluru. The woman did not give any instruction as to how to create paintings; she only told us some Aboriginal legends, which did not help us to create our artwork. We feel that this time was wasted. We could have spent that time exploring the area more. You should hire an instructor to do this part of the tour. Very disappointing!”
“The itinerary was exactly as published, and provided a great overview of Australia. Specific highlights that were built in were the streetcar dinner in Melbourne, visits to the Alice Springs School of the Air, Ayers Rock and the Olgas, the Be My Guest Dinner and the Sydney Harbor lunch cruise. All of the guides were extremely knowledgable and extended themselves to make sure all guests thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Only the coach trip from Alice Springs to Uluru was a bit long, but I don't see how it could have been handled otherwise.”
As a capital of culture, Melbourne caters to fanatics of everything from art to food to sports. With a strong European influence, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city that thrives on fashion, art and theatre. Spend your days perusing boutiques, catching a show or strolling through museums. And when that gets to be too much, there’s always an exciting sporting event about to start or a sunny beach to relax on. A visit to Melbourne should include an exploration of the different neighbourhoods that range in atmosphere from flashy to hipster and everything in between. If there’s one word to describe Melbourne, it’s ‘cool’.
Take in the Melbourne skyline from the St.Kilda pier, especially magical at sunset.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are a breath of fresh air in the city, and a fine example of Victorian influence.
Sports fans need to take a visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the most famous sporting venues in the world.
A trip to Melbourne Zoo is a guilt-free experience, as it is the world’s first zoo to become completely carbon-neutral.
Hipsters should head to Hosier Lane, a well-known spot for street art.
Chinatown is home to a myriad of authentic asian cuisines to took into.
Federation Square is a great point to acquaint yourself with Melbourne’s landmarks, explore the cultural offerings and catch a free event or two.
Peruse the biggest open-air market in the southern hemisphere at the Queen Victoria Market.
Get yourself a Myki travel card which is reloadable.
Taxis are expensive, so avoid them if possible.
There’s a free tram service within the Central Business District and there’s also a free tourist shuttle bus around the city.
The best time to visit Melbourne is in the autumn from March to May.