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10 overnight tours to see more than Melbourne

/ 02 May 2017
Beyond the buzz of Melbourne’s world-famous food, wine, arts and culture, lies 2512 kilometres of coastline, charming hinterland hamlets, picturesque wine growing country and national parks filled with scores of hiking trails and some of Australia’s most-loved native animals. Exploring these easily accessible destinations is as easy as booking an overnight tour.

From all-time-favourite destinations like the Great Ocean Road to exploring bushland in search of koalas, and journeying to lesser-spotted towns off the beaten track – overnight tours from Melbourne offer visitors a chance to properly appreciate the beauty of Victoria beyond the city limits.

Good Times Tours
The pursuit of good times is on the agenda with this independent local operator that runs small group weekend adventures to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road and Wilsons Promontory National Park. Camping, hiking and wine tasting are all on the menu and with affordability a focus, Good Times Tours trips are a cost-effective touring option for budget conscious travellers who enjoy getting among nature and camping out for a night or two. Visits to wineries, gin distilleries and microbreweries are included in the Mornington Peninsula tour, so good times are assured for visitors with a palate for fine wine, craft beer, boutique spirits and small batch cider.

Australian National Treasures Touring
From the mountain magic of the Grampians to the bucolic food and wine scene of Daylesford and the blockbuster beaches and iconic rock formations of the Great Ocean Road, National Treasures Touring hones in on some of Victoria’s most-loved spots. Staying at unique properties and dining at exceptional restaurants along the way, every spot included on a National Treasures itinerary has been handpicked by the operators. Using modern, air-conditioned vehicles and expert guides, National Treasures offer outstanding small group tours at an easy-going, relaxed pace.

Bunyip Tours
Running a range of 1-3 day bus tours from the centre of Melbourne, Bunyip Tours offer farm stays in high country, nature time in the Grampians National Park, surfing adventures along the Great Ocean Road and wildlife-rich escapes on Phillip Island. Accredited by Eco Tourism Australia, all Bunyip Tours are carbon offset to ensure the environmental footprint of the tours is minimised. With group sizes ranging from 13-27 guests, Bunyip Tours are small enough to allow plenty of time to relax, explore and enjoy the journey. A complimentary transfer service from city hotels to the designated tour pick-up point makes this tour a convenient option for travellers without transport of their own.

Wildlife Tours Australia
Picking up guests from popular accommodation providers located all over Melbourne, Wildlife Tours Australia runs several affordable overnight tour options ideal for travellers on a budget. With Australia’s native wildlife a highlight of the trips, guests can expect to see penguins, kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos, lorikeets, seals, dolphins and more while touring the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and the Grampians area.  Bushwalks, beach swims and barbecue dinners offer visitors a chance to savour a taste of the Australian way of life.

Oceania Tours
Victoria’s dramatic coastline is the backdrop to Oceania Tours 2-day Great Ocean Road Tour. Staying overnight at the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge, guests are treated to an intimate wildlife experience with a local biologist. Learning about native wildlife and seizing the opportunity to feed nocturnal animals that live on-site makes this trip an once-in-a-lifetime adventure for international travellers keen to see koalas, kangaroos and tiger quolls in the flesh. With multilingual guides that speak English, German, Spanish and Italian, international travellers are well taken care of on Oceania Tours.

Autopia Tours
Running small group adventure tours to popular spots like the Grampians, Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, Autopia Tours focus is on Victoria’s best spots to see wildlife and embrace the Great Outdoors. Guests can expect walks in national parks, trips to waterfalls and plenty of native wildlife viewing opportunities along with an experienced guide and driver to lead the way and provide commentary.

Echidna Walkabout
Australia’s native wildlife is at the forefront of all Echidna Walkabout trips. From the koalas and kangaroos of the Great Ocean Road to the colourful birdlife of East Gippsland, Australia’s famous feathered and furry creatures are celebrated and admired every step of the way. Offering informative yet exciting trips that put wildlife and environmental conservation in the spotlight, Echidna Walkabout is an award-winning operator that provides animal lovers and nature enthusiasts with genuinely unforgettable wildlife viewing experiences only hours from Melbourne’s city centre. A top pick for travelling families, many Echidna Walkabout itineraries are suitable for small children and babies.

Private tours

A good option for travelling families, corporate groups and visitors who want an exclusive experience, private tours showcase regional Victoria’s wine regions, national parks, coastline and villages in a small-scale way. Here are some private tour providers worth bookmarking:

Alternate Road Tours
Taking guests beyond the well-trodden highlights, Alternate Road Tours offers a boutique touring experience for small groups keen on uncovering Victoria’s lesser known hamlets and spots favoured by in-the-know locals. Taking visitors to places they’d otherwise miss out on, Alternate Road trips stop off at family-run wineries, roadside produce stalls, quaint country churches and small working farms. With the ability to create bespoke private tours, this is a top option for visiting groups who want to formulate their own itineraries.

Melbourne Private Tours
Offering full service, private day and multi-day tours in a fleet of luxury vehicles, Melbourne Private Tours allows visitors to connect with some of Victoria’s most sought-after experiences in style. Viewing fields of Australian native wildflowers then wining and dining in a famed local restaurant in the Grampians is a signature overnight experience, as is overnighting near the Southern Ocean in the picturesque Great Ocean Road town of Apollo Bay. Only the best places, faces, experiences and restaurants are included on a Melbourne Private Tours itinerary, so whether visitors are keen to sample gourmet regional produce, taste cool climate wines at cellar doors, spot native wildlife in the bush or hike a remote trail in a national park, guests are assured of experiencing the best of the region with this operator.

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