Best of Melbourne

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Melbourne
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, on the northern banks of the Yarra River, the city is laid out in a large rectangle, making it easy to explore its lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Take a walking tour of the street art in the Lanes and Arcades or leave the city, driving the Great Ocean Road out to the Twelve Apostles or visiting the little penguins of Phillip Island.

Previous kimkim travelers have taken a look at the city through some more specific perspectives. Take the Melbourne Jewish life tour to learn about the city’s Jewish community via historic sites and neighborhood hangouts, sampling local versions of traditional food and visiting synagogues, museums, and other cultural institutions. Or get a little rowdy at a private Aussie Rules Day experience, where you’ll take in a football match (soccer to Americans) to see what all the fuss is about as you share a meat pie and beer while learning the rules and tactics of the game and, of course, the words to your adopted team’s anthem.
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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Map of Foodie Highlights of Melbourne - 6 Days
Foodie Highlights of Melbourne - 6 Days

Eat and drink your way through Australia's second city on this delicious, six-day introduction to Melbourne. Admire the modern skyline from a scenic river cruise, see the wineries of the Yarra Valley by hot air balloon, and taste the many flavors of Queen Victoria Market on a food lover's walking tour. As the trip winds down, you'll escape to the coast for an unforgettable drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

Australia's Twelve Apostles
Map of Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days
Melbourne to Great Ocean Road: Self Drive Tour - 5 Days

On this five-day self-drive trip, explore the coastal capital city of Melbourne and then hit the open road. One of Victoria's most scenic drives, Great Ocean Road provides plenty of exciting pit stops—explore the surfing town of Bells Beach, discover the waterfalls of Lorne, zipline through the Otway Ranges, and visit The Twelve Apostles rock formations. On the way back to Melbourne, do some sightseeing in Ballarat, known for its Gold Rush heritage and indigenous art.

Kids surfing in Australia
Map of Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days
Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days

This week-long Australia itinerary is perfect for families who want to experience a mix of Melbourne and Sydney's top sights, with two classic Aussie day trips. Practice your surf skills in Melbourne before getting up close and personal with the penguins, kangaroos, and koalas of Phillip Island. Pan for gold and cry eureka as you go back in time at Sovereign Hill. Hang ten at Bondi Beach in Sydney before an adrenaline-filled day at Luna Park, followed by a lunch cruise around Sydney's iconic harbor.

Federation Square in Melbourne
Map of Urban Australia - 8 Days
Urban Australia - 8 Days

Visit three cities of Australia with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off in Sydney, where you can enjoy both the bustling downtown and coastal cliff walk, then head to Melbourne to explore its artsy alleyways, museums, and cafes alongside the wildlife of the Yarra Valley. Finish off in Hobart, Tasmania, to learn about its history and art scene.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Embark on an eight-day adventure down Australia's marvelous southeastern coast. Begin with city tours of Melbourne, an eclectic coastal capital quickly emerging as a tourism hotspot. Then get behind the wheel for an unforgettable road trip down the famous Great Ocean Road, which stretches for 150 miles (241 km) amid golden beaches and unspoiled natural parks. In these natural wonderlands, you'll enjoy outdoor adventures and First Nations culture in equal measure.

View of Sydney, Australia at Sunset
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days

This trip to Australia starts in Melbourne with city exploration, a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road, and a visit to the penguins of Phillip Island. Head to the center of the country to explore Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, with sunrise hikes through the national park, stargazing tours, and the Field of Light art exhibit. End your trip in Sydney where you'll cruise the harbor, tour historic neighborhoods, visit nearby beaches, and explore the Blue Mountains.

Bondi Beach
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days

Leave no stone unturned on this epic 12-day adventure that covers the best of southern, northern, and southeastern Australia. You'll journey from the up-and-coming city of Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road, followed by a trip to the mystical rock formations dotting the arid deserts of the Red Centre. End the trip in Sydney, where you'll explore this handsome metropolis on city tours, boat tours, beach excursions—you'll even take a day trip to the rugged Blue Mountains.

Sydney
Map of Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days
Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Australia, experience three different cities and several landmarks along the way. The itinerary begins in Melbourne, where you can enjoy some local sightseeing. Then, travel Great Ocean Road, which hosts scenic lookouts like The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. The next stop is Sydney, which includes a pub crawl and a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains. The final leg takes you to Cairns, where the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park awaits, as well as a memorable finale at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Map of Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days
Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure through Australia, discover four cities, along with several scenic day trips. Begin in Sydney to tour landmarks and areas like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, and Bondi Beach, along with an excursion to the stunning Blue Mountains region. Then, enjoy a quick day in Cairns for an indigenous experience, followed by two days in Gold Coast to tour the beaches and enjoy some thrills. The vacation ends in Melbourne to visit the funky pub scene, embark on a wildlife tour of Phillip Island, and take a guided road trip through Great Ocean Road.

Experience Kangaroo Island
Map of The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days
The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure, visit four cities that offer a mix of sightseeing tours and outdoor excursions. Land in Melbourne and stroll through popular sites, before taking to Great Ocean Road to explore seaside lookouts. Next is Adelaide, which offers museum tours and a trip to Kangaroo Island, decorated with native species. Then, visit Sydney's local landmarks, along with the picturesque Blue Mountains, before the grand finale out of Cairns—a memorable boat tour to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Watch the sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Map of Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days
Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days

Cover the highlights on this 10-day tour that perfectly combines urban exploration with outdoor excursions starting in the cultural capital of Melbourne—a great jumping-off point to explore nearby Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Venture into the "Red Center" to visit the iconic Ayers Rock before flying out to tropical Cairns to cuddle with a koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. End your stay with a Sydney city tour and a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park.

Bondi Beach
Map of Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to Australia and New Zealand, adventure through four cities and several iconic landmarks. Begin in Sydney to visit popular sites like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. Next, explore famed Ayers Rock and Uluru. Then, it's off to Melbourne for local sightseeing, a wildlife tour, and a free day of discovery. Finally, transport to Auckland to explore the city, along with a day trip to Bay of Islands for marine life sightings and views along the open water of New Zealand.

Koala
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure kicks off in Melbourne, which has officially been christened the cultural capital of Australia. Discover the city's bohemian laneways and take road trips down the scenic Great Ocean Road before heading north to the outback for a sunrise tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock), a sacred site to the Aboriginal people. Continue to tropical Queensland for a trip to the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef, then finish the trip in stylish Sydney with guided tours of its iconic city sights.

Sail in a hot-air balloon over the Yarra Valley at sunrise
Map of Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days
Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days

On this three-week trip of a lifetime, you'll experience the highlights of Australia's eastern and southern coasts. It will take you from Sydney's iconic Opera House up to the famous Great Barrier Reef and down to Melbourne for wildlife excursions and even a hot-air balloon ride over wine country. As if that isn't enough, you'll jet off to New Zealand for adventures in its unspoiled wilderness, including visiting glowworm caves, volcanic valleys, glacial fjords, and much more.

Kangaroo crosses a dirt road in Western Australia
Map of The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days
The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days

Cover the spectrum of these two dynamic countries with this comprehensive itinerary. Start off in New Zealand, where you'll visit both the North and South islands to explore Maori culture, natural wonders, adventure sports, and more—sip wine on Waiheke island, hike at Aoraki, and cruise through Milford Sound. Then head to Australia, starting with the city sights in Melbourne before you meet the penguins of Phillip Island, stunning scenes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and urban streets of Sydney.

A beach paradise at Palm Cove near Cairns
Map of Discover Australia's Highlights:  Palm Cove, Melbourne &  Sydney - 11 Days
Discover Australia's Highlights: Palm Cove, Melbourne & Sydney - 11 Days

This 11-day highlights tour combines the best of Australia's beaches, cities, and national parks. Experience laid-back luxury at Palm Cove, meander through Melbourne's quirky back streets, and sample fine dining in Sydney before concluding with a hike in the Blue Mountains. Along the way, you'll trek the world's oldest rainforest, spear fish with a Kubirri Warra brother, cruise the Outer Barrier Reef and meet kangaroos, koalas, and penguins in their natural habitat.

View of Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days

Combine the best of Australia's big cities with wildlife excursions and nature tours to create an 11-day adventure you won't soon forget. See the highlights of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide by foot and bike, take road trips down the scenic southern coast and hop over to a protected island home to kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies. Then jet off to tropical Cairns to explore the coral islands at the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests at Daintree.

Gold Coast
Map of The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days
The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days

This packed 15-day itinerary includes the best of Australia's stunning coastline. It takes you from hallmark cities like Melbourne and Sydney to the epic surf of the Gold Coast and up to Queensland for an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll make time for hikes in the rainforest, watching penguins on parade, day trips to rugged mountains, and an unforgettable road trip down the scenic Great Ocean Road.

The Pinnacles of Phillip Island
Map of Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days
Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days

Travel from city to sea, rainforest, and outback on this well-rounded tour of Australia, starting in Sydney and visiting its most iconic sites. Head to Port Douglas, where you'll discover marine life near the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Kuranda and its rainforest to mingle with butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Watch the sunset behind Uluru, then dine under the desert stars. Finish up your journey in eclectic Melbourne and take a hot air balloon ride over wine country.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days
Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days

To really experience the best of Australia requires at least a couple of weeks, which is fine because, on this Aussie adventure, you'll get those 14 days—plus one for good measure. During that time, you'll sample the cuisine and see the sights in Melbourne and Sydney, plus take day trips to hike rugged mountains and visit penguin colonies. Then jet off to the northern outback for tours in and around iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and some time exploring ancient rainforests.

Discover wildlife in Daintree's Mossman Gorge
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days

Covering four states, this perfectly curated itinerary features Australia's top attractions in 12 days, providing visitors with a well-rounded experience. Beginning in cool and trendy Melbourne, you'll work your way around the country to the cosmopolitan cities of Adelaide and Sydney, ending the trip in Cairns. Along the way, you'll drive the scenic Great Ocean Road, hang out with kangaroos and seals on Kangaroo Island, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.

Cape de Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island near Adelaide
Map of City Highlights, Nature, and Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania in 13 Days
City Highlights, Nature, and Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania in 13 Days

Discover the best of Australia's city life and wildlife on this 13-day itinerary. Start in Sydney to explore its famous harbor by boat before heading to the Blue Mountains to hike through rugged valleys. Fly to Adelaide to sample the bustling culinary hotspot and surrounding Kangaroo Island, then on to Melbourne to stroll the cultural capital's hidden enclaves and alleyways—the once-in-a-lifetime Penguin Parade also awaits at nearby Phillip Island. Finish with a deep dive into Tasmania's fascinating history and diverse flora and fauna.

Stop to check out the iconic Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Map of Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days
Self-Drive Tour: From Melbourne to Adelaide - 14 Days

Explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife on this two-week coastal adventure of Victoria and South Australia. Starting and ending in Melbourne, you'll drive along Australia's southern edge navigating the Great Ocean Road and choosing to stop on your schedule until you reach Adelaide. Along the way, you'll discover dramatic rock formations like the famous Twelve Apostles, meet kangaroos and fur seals on Kangaroo Island, and learn about aboriginal culture in Grampians National Park.

Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Map of Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days

Two weeks offers plenty of time to explore some of the best regions in Australia. Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy the funky, bohemian vibe of the city, along with some sightseeing and a free day. Then, travel to Sydney for a pub tour, and to explore the famous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks around Sydney Harbour. Next, tour Gold Coast, including an excursion to Mount Tambourine National Park, along with free time to surf and relax. The trip concludes in Cairns with two epic day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Map of Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days
Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days

On this two-week self-drive journey through Australia, visit two major cities and plenty of scenic stops in between. Begin in Melbourne before heading to Mount Baw Baw for some hiking, biking, or fly fishing. Next, spend two days in Yarra Valley, followed by a return to Melbourne to do some sightseeing. Then, head to Sydney to launch into more offshoots—Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Lithgow, and Hawkesbury River included. The vacation concludes in Sydney with visits to Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the famed Sydney Opera House.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches the East Coast has to offer
Map of East Coast of Australia - 13 Days
East Coast of Australia - 13 Days

Begin your journey in artsy Melbourne, exploring the hidden alleyways, vintage shopping, and quirky coffee shops. Spend a few days in bustling Sydney, then make your way up north to the Gold Coast, one of Australia's iconic surfing destinations. Your trip ends in Cairns with a visit to the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Southern lights over Hobart
Map of Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days
Off-the-Beaten Path Australia: Melbourne & Tasmania Road Trip - 11 Days

Explore the rich history of Melbourne and Tasmania on this itinerary, which includes guided tours and a self-guided road trip across Tasmania. Spend two days in Melbourne and travel down the epic Great Ocean Road. Fly to Tasmania's capital, Hobart, and drive north to historical convict towns like Longford and Oatlands. Take in Tasmania's lake country and a glimpse of the southern lights along the way.

Coastal Walk in Australia
Map of Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Beautiful Milford Sound in New Zealand
Map of Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days
Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days

This two-week crossover trip takes you from Australia to New Zealand with plenty of adventure laced throughout. Start by touring one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world: Sydney. Then, head to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. In the last Australian stop, Melbourne, you'll spend time in hip neighborhoods and visit wild kangaroos and koalas. Afterward, it'll be time to hop over to New Zealand, where you'll get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Drive through the heart of Australia "red center" in the outback
Map of Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days
Australian Outback Self-Drive Tour- 18 Days

Cover the rugged terrain and sweeping desert landscape of the Australian Outback on this epic self-drive excursion through Victoria, South Australia, and Northern Territory. Begin your 18-day tour in trendy Melbourne and fly to arty Adelaide where you'll pick up your rental car and drive on your schedule to Darwin on the opposite coast. You'll explore four major national parks, spot endemic wildlife in their natural habitat, visit rural towns, and discover ancient Aboriginal art.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at twiglight
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days

Australia is an enormous country, and when trying to work out an itinerary, it can be difficult to choose between its lively cities, beautiful beaches, or unique wildlife. With this varied 15-day itinerary, you can experience a bit of everything. Starting in Melbourne, travel along the spectacular Great Ocean Road—one of Australia's best short road trips—before heading to Adelaide and wild Kangaroo Island. You'll also visit Australia's dramatic red center, relax at the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney, Australia's largest city.

Family cycle around Uluru
Map of  Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days

Experience the best of Australia with this week-long family-friendly itinerary that spans Sydney's top sights, an unforgettable trip to Uluru, and the magic of Melbourne. Learn how to surf at Bondi Beach and journey to the African Savannah at Taronga Zoo. Head to Uluru to watch the sunrise and create your own artwork, guided by a local Anangu artist. Finally, it's off to the culture capital of Melbourne to explore the city's labyrinthine laneways and funky street art.

An aerial view of Cape Tribulation in North Queensland, Australia
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days

Discover Australia's top highlights on this massive 21-day tour that takes you on a loop around the continent. Get your fill of city life in Sydney before heading toward the ocean to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Discover rainforests, national parks, and their wildlife near Byron Bay. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru and Cave Hill, then mingle with kangaroos and koalas on Kangaroo Island. Go winetasting near Melbourne before getting to know Tasmania's remote beauty and relaxed vibe.

Kangaroo Island
Map of Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days
Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days

This packed three-week adventure delivers the best of Australia. Discover the nation's culture capital of Melbourne on food tours and wildlife excursions before heading down the famed Great Ocean Road to the romantic fishing villages and rugged outback of South Australia. Then, fly north and explore the Great Barrier Reef before finishing the trip in Sydney with tours of its famous sights and hiking trips to nearby mountains.

Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
Map of Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days
Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days

The adventure begins in the cultural heartland of Melbourne, and continues in Adelaide, where you'll find unique wildlife. Next, you'll head into the Red Centre to see Uluru before transferring to Kakadu National Park in Darwin. You'll then venture east to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney. From here, you'll fly over to New Zealand, where you will do adventure sports in Queenstown, hike Mount Cook, and explore Christchurch.

Australian Coast
Map of Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days
Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days

Explore southeast Australia on this combination self-drive and flying tour on this comprehensive 22-day itinerary. Start your trip in quirky Melbourne to explore hidden alleyways and eclectic coffee shops, then pick up a car and explore the coast. Spend a few days in Tasmania, then end your trip in Sydney and the beautiful nature of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Vineyards.