Flights to Melbourne
The following carriers provide frequent direct flights from most major centre’s across Australia.
- Qantas – www.qantas.com.au
- Virgin Australia – www.virginaustralia.com
- Jetstar – www.jetstar.com.au
- Tiger Airways – www.tigerair.com
Every arrival at Airport is met by a shuttle bus and taxis that will take passengers into Melbourne city. The trip will take around thirty minutes.
If you’d like to drive yourself, rental cars are available: Hertz, AVIS, Europcar and Budget.
The friendly driver of the Melbourne Skybus will take you into Melbourne city and drop you at your accommodation (hotel or motel). You can also book this airport shuttle bus to pick you up and take you to the airport when you’re ready to leave – just make a booking more than two hours before you want to be picked up. Most hotels will be happy to make the booking for you.
Express from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station – One way trip $18 round trip $36.
The taxi rank is located directly out the front of the Airport building. If you need a mini-van or special taxi please ask one or our kerbside assistants who will radio one through for you. If there are no taxis available, phone numbers for the major taxi companies are listed inside the terminal near the baggage carousels.
Taxi from the airport to the Pullman will cost between $60 – $70 dependent on traffic. A taxi from the CBD to the Pullman (5.74km) will cost between $10 – $20 dependent on traffic.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, located in Melbourne’s Docklands waterfront precinct, offers visitors a chance to see Melbourne and surrounds from a totally new perspective.
At 120m high, the Melbourne Star is as tall as a 40-storey building with each of its 21 climate-controlled and fully enclosed glass cabins give you an unparalleled 360-degree views.
With its stunning light shows and striking scale, the Melbourne Star is a glittering jewel in the sky above Melbourne’s Docklands. The unique “Star within a Star” design represents the seven-pointed Federation Star of the Australian flag which is transformed at night by a kaleidoscope of colours in a spectacular LED display.
Soar above Melbourne on an exhilarating flight above the CBD on the only giant observation wheel in the Southern
Hemisphere. For locals, interstate and international visitors to Melbourne alike, the Melbourne Star delivers a truly world class attraction experience.
Come fly with us!
Special Offer: To benefit from this offer go to www.melbournestar.com and book your tickets. Use promo code ICEN40 at the checkout and you’ll receive a 40% discount off a full price single admission adult and child tickets. Note: Not valid on Melbourne Star catered packages, Sights & Lights, Sparkling Flights or already discounted general admission tickets. All other Melbourne Star terms and conditions apply.
Global Ballooning Australia
It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to give someone the experience of a lifetime over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. At Global Ballooning Australia, we’ve shared a sunrise with over 90,000 people in 25 balloons over as many years. We’re proud of our safety record, and care deeply about our guests’ experience, but for us it’s also about the people we meet along the way and the pristine natural playground we call our office.
Some prefer to take the scenic route when exploring the Yarra Valley, traversing picturesque roads through misty farms and vineyards until a landscape worthy of silence appears. But as far as we’re concerned, the journey across Victoria’s most-loved wine region is unrivalled by hot air balloon.
As you soar over patchworks of vines set on rolling hills and surrounded by mountains, lightness comes over you – a sense of freedom from the everyday. As the sun rises, so does your spirit, floating over the natural amphitheater. Just an hour from Melbourne CBD, it doesn’t take much to escape the bustle and reconnect with nature.
It starts with an alarm that draws you from your bed and dares you to meet the dawn. Your adventure starts before the city stirs, birdsong begins as giant balloons inflate and you find yourself drawn to the heat of the flame. As the earth falls away, you rise with the sun.
There’s no need to travel far, and no better way to see the world’s most liveable city. Sail the breeze beside sparkling skyscrapers and follow the Yarra River as it unwinds through parks and gardens. For an hour, it’s just you and the sky. This is what freedom feels like; you have nowhere to be but here. Melbourne is just waking up – and you’ve already ticked something off your bucket list!
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Philip Island Nature Parks
Located only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers an abundance of Australian wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, and exciting new experiences.
Witness the natural spectacle of the world’s smallest penguins arriving home at sunset each evening at the world-famous Penguin Parade. Experience the nightly parade from the beachfront viewing stands as the penguins emerge from the waves and waddle across the sand. Be sure to spend some time on the boardwalks and watch the penguins up close as they make their way along their penguin pathways to their burrows.
Choose from a great range of ticket options including our General viewing from the beachfront stands and boardwalks, or the premium Penguins Plus or Underground Viewing experiences. Our accredited rangers also conduct small group guided tours each evening to further enhance your viewing experience. Download our free Penguin Parade app, available in English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, German and Spanish, which includes a live penguin camera and free images to share.
Immerse yourself in the ‘hands-on’ family fun and interactive experiences in the new Antarctic Journey, opened in conjunction with WWF-Australia. ‘Feel the freeze’ in the Antarctic Chill Zone; compare your thermal image to an Emperor penguin; visit the Research Station and Sound Lab; or check out the sustainable menu in the virtual café.
The state of the art multimedia experience puts you right in the heart of the action, surrounded by creatures of the deep like whales, sharks and more. Thanks to cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technology, the interactive wildlife experience is bound to be a highlight of any visit, as you see yourself on a huge screen, standing on an ice floe, patting a penguin or stroking a seal.
Come ‘face-to-face’ with wild koalas in their natural habitat from the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. Learn about these amazing animals and the role the centre has played in protecting Phillip Island’s koalas and their habitat. Stroll along the woodland walking trails and you may come across some of the many visiting native animals including wallabies, echidna, and over 35 different species of birds.
Journey back in time and explore the heritage and tranquil scenery at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, an historic working farm with Clydesdale horses, Highland cattle and an animal nursery. Hands on farming activities run daily, including sheep shearing, cow milking, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations. The farm also features a restored homestead, historic cottages and delightful heritage gardens and orchards.
Wine Tours Victoria
We begin our tours with Melbourne CBD accommodation pick-up between 9:00-9:30am and return back between 5:00-5:30pm. We do advertise that we tour to 4 different regions however; we do not tour to each region every day. The way the region is chosen is simple… the first person to book gets to nominate the region; we begin tours with a minimum of 2 guests.
Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Macedon Ranges or Bellarine Peninsula wine region tours include a 2 course lunch at a winery accompanied with a glass of wine followed by tea/coffee, morning tea at an outdoor setting and all tastings at the 4-5 wineries you will visit during the day. We do not have a fixed itinerary, preferring to work to the pace and interest of the group. With a maximum of 11 guests on any individual tour, our hallmark tours are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Our experience and passion for excellence, combined with extensive local knowledge, enable us to deliver exceptionally high quality tours that are fun, educational and most importantly, personal.
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Eureka Skydeck 88
Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Eureka is perfectly positioned for a 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling view of Melbourne’s CBD, sports precinct and beyond. With a range of activities for the entire family, Eureka is Melbourne’s must see attraction. With awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, Eureka Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne!
Queen Victoria Markets
The Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment. Located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Theatre Melbourne. Winner of the Australian Tourism Awards for Best Major Tourist Attraction in Australia for 2011, the Melbourne Museum is a must-see.
Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the city’s meeting place. Federation Square hosts over 2000 events each year, it buzzes with cultural festivals, exhibitions, event launches, performances, forums, films, concerts and fashion shows. Life at Fed Square is so rich that there’s sure to be something exciting going on whenever you visit!
Royal Botanic Gardens
Attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage-rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight. The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne holds a number of walks and tours which introduce visitors to the history, cultural significance and horticultural diversity of Melbourne’s finest garden.
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, including one of Australia’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica. With interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays, and animal feeds, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and engaging experience, not to be missed.
Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre.
Stroll through Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with beautiful orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the award-winning Trail of the Elephants or view koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats and other unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting.
The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. Victorians and visitors can now enjoy two public art galleries within one magnificent arts precinct.
Stretching from the top of Saint Kilda Road across the Yarra River to Federation Square, this cultural heartland encompasses the transformed National Gallery of Victoria International on St Kilda Road, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, and The Arts Centre, all within a short stroll from each other.
Located on the Southern bank of the Yarra River, Crown is Melbourne’s premier entertainment venue. Attracting over 18 million visitors each year, the Crown Entertainment Complex offers a brilliant combination of luxury, warm service and non-stop excitement. Crown boasts over 40 restaurants, cafes and bars, cinemas, an indoor amusement park plus a live entertainment theatre and two nightclubs. With these amazing attractions adding to the already exciting place that is Crown, it’s little wonder it is known as A World of Entertainment.