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How to Spend 3 Days in Melbourne

How to Spend 3 Days in Melbourne

Three days in Melbourne allows you to get a proper taste of the city and the surrounding area. You can explore laneways, feast on world food, watch penguins waddle home at sunset, and cruise the Yarra River. Beyond the city, you can ride the iconic Great Ocean Road and experience the Yarra Valley’s gourmet food and wine scene. Here’s how.

Day 1: City Sights and Penguin Parade

Start your day by orienting yourself within Melbourne, perhaps with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit sights such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Federation Square, and Parliament House; stroll the banks of the Yarra River; see 18th-century Cooks’ Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens; then break for a lunch of local produce and an artisan shopping spree at historical Queen Victoria Market. Up the adrenaline by taking in the views from Eureka SkyDeck—or hovering high above the city in the glass cube called the Edge—diving with sharks at the Melbourne Aquarium, or soaking up the city’s skyline from a kayak on the Yarra River. At sunset, park yourself at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, watch the adorable little penguins come waddling out of the ocean and into their burrows, then return to the city to feast on a Greek or Vietnamese dinner.

Day 2: Ocean Views and Laneway Life

Spend today discovering the majestic Great Ocean Road, which winds its way beside the Southern Ocean for 249 dramatic miles (400 kilometers). Admire rock formations such as the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge; search for koalas in the eucalyptus trees at Kennett River; explore the timeless rain forest at Great Otway National Park; and learn about the ships that perished on the notorious Shipwreck Coast. Along the way, stop for a lunch of seafood and local wine in Apollo Bay. Once night falls and you’re back in the city, explore Melbourne’s signature urban attraction: the cobbled laneways that knit together the city center. Head to Duckboard Place or Hosier Lane for street art; wine and dine on Meyers Place or Tattersall Lane; or soak up the rock ‘n’ roll vibe on AC/DC Lane. Finish the night with a cocktail at one of the city’s signature “secret” laneway bars.

Day 3: Scenic Flights and Gourmet Tours

Get out into Melbourne’s world-renowned wine country: the rolling fields and hills of Yarra Valley, which focus on elegant cool-climate chardonnays and refined pinot noirs. Greet the sunrise gliding high above the vineyards and the river in a hot-air balloon, then savor a Champagne breakfast after you land. Next, discover the fine wines and foods of the region: tour wine estates, taste premium vintages, explore vineyards and cellars, and feast on fare from artisan cheeses to local oysters, chocolates, and even beer. Stop in the pretty town of Healesville for boutique shopping, handmade crafts, and native wildlife at the Healesville Sanctuary. If traveling with children, don’t miss the chance to ride the Puffing Billy steam train. Wrap up your stay in Melbourne with a classic city experience—a dinner cruise along the Yarra River.

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

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Spend an evening on the Yarra River during this Melbourne dinner cruise. As you admire the twinkling city lights reflecting on the water, enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal inclusive of beverages. This fine dining experience includes beer, wine, and spirits, as well as coffee, tea, dessert, port, and a cheese plate. Cruise past attractions like Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens while soaking up the elegant and relaxing atmosphere of the boat.
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Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour

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Spend a memorable day in the Yarra Valley, beginning with a magical hot air balloon flight at sunrise! Take in an unforgettable aerial perspective of the beloved region’s rolling hills and vineyards, and then enjoy a champagne breakfast back on solid ground. Tour four of the Yarra Valley’s premium wineries for cellar door tastings, and savor a gourmet lunch at the beautiful Balgownie Estate. Top off the day with a glass of bubblyat the esteemed Domaine Chandon winery.
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The Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour (Max 6 guests)

The Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour (Max 6 guests)

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Discover the flavors of Yarra Valley on this full-day gourmet food and wine tour. Enjoy private wine and cheese tastings with your small group, and learn about regional wines from your knowledgeable guide and through discussions with local vintners. Savor a gourmet 2-course meal with wine pairings followed by cellar door tastings surrounded by the natural beauty of Yarra Valley. A maximum of 6 people allows for an intimate, personalized experience.
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Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip from Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip from Melbourne

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Treat yourself to a delightful day on the Mornington Peninsula on this full-day tour from Melbourne. Unwind with a relaxing, mineral-rich soak in the waters of Peninsula Hot Springs, and sample regional flavor with a delicious local lunch and wine tasting. Stop at a local strawberry farm or winery, depending on the season, and ride the Arthur's Seat Eagle gondola for panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.
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The Ultimate Melbourne Attractions Pass

The Ultimate Melbourne Attractions Pass

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Enjoy the Melbourne attractions and activities that interest you most with this flexible attractions pass. There are multiple options to choose from to suit your schedule—select a pass that offers unlimited attractions for a set number of days, or select a flexi pass that offers a set number of attractions within a longer time period. Then explore Melbourne however you wish, choosing from more than 25 experiences such as the zoo, Eureka Skydeck, a city sightseeing tour, a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train or entry to Healesville Sanctuary.
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