Social activities and tours
Below are some resources and suggestions for other tours and activities to undertake during your visit to Melbourne...
What's on in Melbourne? - visit the website
Visit Victoria - this website has lots of ideas
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
The Melbourne Zoo is 4 kms north of the CBD, set on 55 acres (22 hectares) and is home to over 5000 Australian and exotic animals, comprising of around 320 species. Many of the animals are organised into bioclimatic zones throughout the zoo. Areas of the zoo include the Trails of the Elephants and adjoining Asian rainforest, African rainforest, Orangutan Sanctuary, Treetop apes and monkeys, Lion Gorge, Wild Sea, Reptile House, Australian Outback, a green-house style walk-through Butterfly House, and the Great Flight Avery- a free-flight aviary walkway through 3 bioregions: rainforest, wet lands, and bushlands.
Visit the website for information about opening hours, ticket prices, what's on and how to get there.
Yarra Valley Wineries
The Yarra Valley is located an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. Take a day to visit the rolling green hills, vineyards and old farmhouses. Tour the vineyards of some of Australia's best wine makers and take the opportunity to sample the different cellars wines. The Yarra Valley hosts some of Victoria's most sought after dining destinations. The Yarra Valley is also home to the stunning Tarrawarra Museum of Art which exhibits modern art and has a great selection of local artisan products in their retail nook.
Visit the website for information about tours, ticket prices, events, accommodation and how to get there.
Discover the bustling, colourful city laneways. Take a walk down the laneways and find walls covered in ever changing street art. Gawk at the murals, stencil art and sculptures. Shop in covert boutiques, stop for a coffee in hole-in-the-wall cafes, drink in one of the quirky bars or dine in one of the famous laneway restaurants.
Visit the website for further information on what to see and how to get there.
Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade
Phillip Island is located 2 hours from Melbourne and makes the perfect day trip to see some of Victoria's magnificent wildlife. Drop in on the Koala Conversation Center to observe koalas in their native tree-top habitat. Visit the beaches to watch the fur seals play at Seal Rock and marvel at some of the spectacular coastal scenery. Learn to shear sheep and sample the local produce at a 100-year-old working heritage farm on the island. Then cap the day off by visiting the world famous penguin parade. Visit the interactive and educational visitor center. And, as dusk sets in, watch fairy penguins emerge from the sea and return to their barrows. Phillip Island tours are especially kid-friendly and suitable for nature lovers of all ages.
Visit the website for information about tours, prices, events, accommodation and how to get there.