Discounts for sightseeing & tours in Melbourne: things to know before you go
Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia for good reason. From the most famous landmarks to the city's best-kept secrets, we've got all the inside info you'll need to get booked on the best sightseeing tours in Melbourne.
Where can I take visitors in Melbourne?
If you're entertaining visitors, you'll want them to see the very best bits of the city. From Flinders Station to the Great Ocean Road, and to-die-for brunches in South Yarra, here are the must visit places to take visitors in Melbourne:
- Philip Island – who doesn't love penguins? At Philip Island you can see the amazing creatures and seals come to the shore.
- River cruise along the Yarra – take in the sights and sounds of the South Coast Capital from the serene waters of the Yarra River on a boat trip.
- The Great Ocean Road – no visit to Melbourne is complete without experiencing the beauty of its most famous road trip. With spectacular scenery and stunning waterfalls, this is a sure way to impress your guests.
How much does it cost to visit Melbourne's most famous places?
You might be surprised at the cost of some of Melbourne's most famous places. Prices are reasonable in many cases, with some of the really famous sights completely free of charge. These are just some of our favourite sights and tours:
- City Sightseeing Melbourne – one of the best ways to bag a bargain is with this handy hop on and off bus pass. From Federation Square to St Kilda, you'll call at all the hotspots.
- Melbourne Museum – here you'll find exhibitions ranging from popular culture to history and science. Entry is free for everyone up to the age of 16, with adults paying just $15.
- Hozier Lane – strewn with perspective-enhancing street art, Hozier Lane is one of Melbourne's busiest tourist attractions. It's 100% free to visit and admire the colourful graffiti.
- Flinders Station – one of the most instantly recognisable Melbourne landmarks. The station is free to visit, just head to Flinders' street to check out the iconic building.
- Brighton Beach Huts – as one of the most photographed locations in the city, a ride on the tram out to St Kilda is all it takes to view these gorgeous beach huts in all their glory. There are plenty of quality restaurants in this neck of the woods where you can grab yourself a bargain.
What can I do in Melbourne in a day?
If you only have one day off, you'll want to use your time wisely. The best thing to do is take a tour on a Melbourne sightseeing bus – get on the open top of a double-decker – and you can hop on and off wherever you like in the city. This way, you have the freedom of seeing what you want, when you want, while ticking off some of Melbourne's highlights. Some tours have as many as 20 stops, including the zoo, and Eureka Tower.
What can families do in Melbourne?
Families will never be short of something to do in Melbourne. Below are just a few good ideas:
- Polly Woolside – step inside this 19th century ship on the South Wharf Promenade to learn all about sailing the seven seas. Pirate-themed Sundays are the best time to go.
- Warrook Cattle Farm – milk a cow, watch live sheep shearing and feed the kangaroos all in one day at the 130-year-old farm. It's one of the best outdoor adventures to enjoy in the city.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – who doesn't like Lego? From building tips to the Merlin's Apprentice ride and the 4D cinema, prepare for a family day out to remember.
- St Kilda – for a change of scene, head to the seaside where you'll find Luna Park. It makes for a fun-filled afternoon on the rides and rollercoasters.