Melbourne

As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne may not bask in as much of the limelight as the bigger and flashier Sydney. But look a little deeper and you’ll see why many Australians (well, Melburnians at least) believe this city is the best in Australia.

Located in Australia’s southern state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city with a growing population of more than 4 million people. It’s a vibrant city with just the right architectural mix of colonial heritage and contemporary design; from the European grandeur of Flinders Street Station to the brave innovation of Federation Square.

Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise. You can dine in some of the finest three hatted restaurants in the country or enjoy some rustic fare in the authentic Italian restaurants of Lygon Street – the Little Italy of Melbourne. There’s nothing nicer than a hearty meal to keep you going while travelling around a new city.

There’s so much to see and do around the city’s centre. Take a walk along the banks of the Yarra River or stroll through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, home of the restored Captain Cook’s Cottage. The city is a gateway to an array of amazing adventures. Travel east of the city and experience one of the world’s best road trips on the Great Ocean Road. This winding road runs between lush green farm land and the rugged southern coastline of Australia. It will lead you to popular surfing beaches and the world renowned Twelve Apostles.

The nearby Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premium wine region producing internationally recognised wines in a range of classic styles. You’ll find more wineries and even a strawberry farm to amuse your taste buds on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula just south of the city.

If it’s wildlife you’re after, look no further than Phillip Island. Just a two-hour drive from Melbourne, this charming island is home to a colony of approximately 32,000 Little Penguins. Watch as these adorable little creatures scurry out of the sea and onto the sand each night during the famous Penguin Parade.

The town of Ballarat, North West of Melbourne, was founded during the gold rush of the 1850s. You can immerse yourself in the colour and excitement of the town’s gold rush era at the interactive outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill. Further west you’ll find one of the world’s oldest and most impressive mountain ranges, Grampians National Park. This region boasts a myriad of native wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art and spectacular views.

Choose from a variety of AAT Kings tours in and around Melbourne. 

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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

15 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Auckland | QPACA

Just how many legendary Antipodean attractions can you tick off in one journey?

From $9773 NOW $8655 Above lowest price is for departure 2025-04-10, twin share per person
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Australian Highlights

13 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney | IMSE

Picture Australia: the Coral Sea’s turquoise, the intense rainforest green, powdery white sand, the Red Centre’s ochre soil.

From $8330 NOW $7401 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-08-25, twin share per person
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Contrasts of Australia

9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney | ACANA

Explore Australia by experiencing the foods of Melbourne and Cairns rainforest

From $4995 NOW $4367 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-11-28, twin share per person
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Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand

18 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Christchurch | QCANA

A bit city, a bit country; sometimes beachy, sometimes mountainous; in the company of locals and Indigenous guides – this epic Melbourne to Christchur...

From $11120 NOW $10173 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-11-28, twin share per person
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Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island Escape

7 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Adelaide | EMKA

This trip could also be known as ‘Southern Australia, as seen through its wine and wilderness’.

From $3399 NOW $2889 Above lowest price is for departure 2025-04-14, twin share per person
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Highlights of Australia & New Zealand

22 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Christchurch | IMZB

Three World Heritage Sites on one tour?

From $14105 NOW $12436 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-08-25, twin share per person
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Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne | ESBM

You can drive between Melbourne and Sydney in a day.

From $2255 NOW $1917 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-08-29, twin share per person
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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Adelaide | ESMA

This trip fully deserves its name.

From $4730 NOW $4021 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-08-29, twin share per person
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