Visiting Melbourne for the T20 World Cup? Melbourne is well known to be the sporting capital of the world but it is equally a great place for short day trips and extended multi day trips.
Spend the day visiting beautiful places and still be back in time for the game. Whatever you want to see, whether it is beautiful scenery, interesting history or our stunning city, let Melbourne Elite Tours make your day a magic experience.
Take a tour of our vibrant city, head up to the Dandenong Ranges for an iconic train ride on Puffing Billy, visit Melbourne’s gold rush town of Ballarat and see how the miners lived at Sovereign Hill a brilliant reproduction of how life was in the 1850’s. You can’t come to Melbourne and not see one of the truly great attractions at Phillip Island with the little penguins coming in from the sea after a day of fishing.
And don’t forget, the Great Ocean Road is on our doorstep too. Widely regarded as the best coastal road in the world, spend the day seeing stunning beaches and rock formations as well as rainforests and some of Australia’s famous wildlife.
Melbourne City – A Must See Destination
Regularly voted the most liveable city in the world Melbourne is an exciting mix of art, music, food, sport and gardens.
Walk the many laneways to discover what makes the city of Melbourne so great. Uncover the hidden gems of Centre Place, the Block and Royal arcades. Hosier Lane is a mecca for those interested in the vivid street art brightening several alley ways. Visit the Queen Victoria Market where you can pick up the freshest ingredients or handicrafts.
Visit Acland Street, the bohemian heart of seaside St Kilda. It’s a wonderfully energetic and eclectic streetscape as artists, actors, and musicians put on shows in the town’s iconic theatres, galleries, and bars. We’ll also head down the road to the colourful bathing boxes of Brighton Beach to get that classic postcard shot.
Whatever you want to see on your tour of Melbourne, rest assured you will travel in luxury and be left wanting more!
Ride the famous Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Ranges!
Less than an hour from Melbourne the Dandenong Ranges is a stunningly beautiful escape from the city. Covered in lush fern glades with towering mountain ash forests, there is so much to see and do. Visit the quaint towns of Sassafras, Olinda and Belgrave filled with interesting designer shops, cosy tea rooms and delicious eateries. In Sassafras, Miss Marple’s Tearoom is a standout for Devonshire teas and Tealeaves sells some of the finest loose-leaf teas in Australia. In Olinda, check out Mangana for unique homewares.
Explore some of Australia’s finest gardens, particularly spectacular in spring and autumn. The Mount Dandenong Botanical Gardens and the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are two of the most inspiring and tranquil places on the mountain.
Hop aboard Puffing Billy, one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. Breathe in the cool mountain air through the open-sided carriages as it trundles along timber bridges, between Belgrave and Gembrook through the spectacular scenery of the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest.
Sovereign Hill and Ballarat!
Victoria’s largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts with a fascinating heritage backdrop. Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent Victorian and Edwardian architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill.
One of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on the shores of Lake Wendouree feature a remarkable collection of mature trees and marble statues set amongst colourful bedding displays. The Gardens, covering over 40 hectares and divided into four distinct zones are a popular and invaluable heritage and recreational location for residents and visitors.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Home to the world famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island boasts idyllic beaches, breathtaking natural beauty and rugged coastlines and is only 90 minutes south east of Melbourne.
With nationally recognised surfing reserves, unique native wildlife encounters, a number of scenic villages to discover and plenty of places to relax, there is certainly a lot to experience.
The seaside township of Cowes offers boutiques, galleries, markets and a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars serving sensational local food by great chefs. Ideal for our dinner stop!
There is something to see and do for all ages. Allow us to take you on an unforgettable day with interactive and stimulating adventures just for you. Your trip back to Melbourne will be filled with unforgettable experiences and a longing to visit again to explore this beautiful region.
The iconic Great Ocean Road!
The Great Ocean Road is widely known as one of the world’s most spectacular coastline drives and a bucket list destination any time of the year. Stretching over 240 kilometres the road hugs majestic coastal cliffs, pristine white sand beaches and breath taking rain forests.
The road starts at Torquay with the Memorial Arch, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. From here the road hugs the coast all the way to Apollo Bay, making stops at Kennett River to view koalas in their natural habitat and to visit the bustling town of Lorne.
The road then heads inland through lush green semi temperate rain forest and refreshing waterfalls. Leaving the green behind we emerge into the limestone cliffs of the Shipwreck Coast. Get a close up view of these truly amazing rock formations by taking the 80 steps down to the beach at the Gibson Steps before arriving at the iconic 12 Apostles.
Take to the skies in a helicopter flight to get a bird’s eye view of these huge monoliths and breathtaking coastline. It’s a magical experience that will stick in the memory for a lifetime.