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How to Spend 2 Days in Melbourne

How to Spend 2 Days in Melbourne

With two days in Melbourne, you can get to grips with the city’s vibrant foodie and cocktail scene, soar above the skyscrapers in a balloon, and watch adorable little penguins waddling home at dusk. You can even experience Australia’s most iconic road trip, riding through the spectacular landscapes of the Great Ocean Road. Here’s how.

Day 1: Balloons, Penguins, and Food

**Morning:**Start the day the scenic way by drifting over Melbourne’s towering skyscrapers on a sunrise balloon flight. Next, check off the star attractions from ground level, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Federation Square, perhaps via a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Finish your city explorations with a leisurely cruise down the Yarra River.

**Afternoon:**Shun lunch and get a handle on Melbourne’s diverse culinary scene with the help of a food-themed tour that includes tastings. Wander Chinatown and Little Italy; visit gourmet stores, contemporary coffee shops, and farmers markets; and then treat yourself to a happy-hour cocktail in a rooftop bar.

**Night:**Wrap up the magical day with a surreal sunset experience: watching delightful little penguins waddle in from the ocean to their burrows on Phillip Island, a nightly ritual that locals call the Penguin Parade. Once back in the city, dine on Melbourne’s signature Greek or Vietnamese cuisine.

Day 2: Road Trips and Laneways

**Morning:**The rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most beautiful seaside routes, winds beside the Southern Ocean for 249 miles (400 kilometers). Use day two to experience the road’s spectacular views and rock formations, such as the Twelve Apostles, on a day trip by car or helicopter from Melbourne.

**Afternoon:**Still on the Great Ocean Road, meet some of Australia’s unique wildlife. Look for koalas in the eucalyptus trees at Kennett River; walk with kangaroos and wallabies through ancient rain forest at Great Otway National Park; and hear tales of past shipwrecks as you explore the Shipwreck Coast.

**Night:**Back in Melbourne, discover the city’s signature experience: its vibrant laneways, home to a wealth of hidden bars, restaurants, and galleries. Soak up the street art on Hosier Lane or Duckboard Place; get down to rock ‘n’ roll on AC/DC Lane; or eat and drink on Meyers Place or Tattersall Lane.

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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

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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  • 3 hours
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$108.95
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City Sightseeing Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore Melbourne as you wish with a 24-hour or 48-hour City Sightseeing bus pass. Board the double-decker and enjoy panoramic views of highlights like the Eureka Tower, Federation Square, and seaside St. Kilda as you learn their history via the onboard commentary. Hop off and on to explore on foot, or stay aboard to get your bearings and decide your sightseeing plans. Ideal for first-time visitors and those short on time.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

Ultimate Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

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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 10 people allows for an intimate, personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
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The Official "Neighbours" Tour of Ramsay Street

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Everybody needs good neighbors! Take a walk down Ramsay Street, where the dramas unfold every day on the set of Australia's longest-running soap opera, 'Neighbours.' On this official tour, see the actual houses and the street and see the exterior of the sets at the Neighbours Studios. If you're lucky, you may even see the film crew in action!
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  • 3 hours
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Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

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Get an enchanting new perspective on Melbourne aboard a hot air balloon flight over the city at sunrise. Soar over modern skyscrapers, urban parks, famous sporting arenas, and the Yarra River as early morning light bathes the skyline in a rosy glow. After your unforgettable flight, toast the new day with an optional champagne breakfast.
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  • 4 hours
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Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

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Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House, and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade for an optional cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Melbourne Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

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Melbourne is Australia’s culinary capital, but to discover the city’s foodie hotspots, you need a local guide. On this food walking tour, explore Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways and arcades; visit the city’s coolest bars, cafés, and street food stalls; and sample everything from Chinese dumplings to sweet pastries. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people for an authentic local experience.
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  • 3 hours
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