Victoria offers a host of spectacular coastal, cultural, and wildlife experiences within an easy drive of sophisticated Melbourne.
With the foodie, cultural and sports-loving city of Melbourne as its hub, experience Victoria’s diverse adventures all within just a few hours drive. Enjoy intimate encounters with Australian wildlife, one of the world’s great coastal drives, beautiful gardens and relaxing mineral springs, plus superb food, wine and coffee throughout the state.
We’re delighted to bring you weekly blogs from a Melbourne local. Each week will focus on something different, such as the arts, coastal roads, water sports or where to eat with tips on how to get the most out of your trip. Go to https://jomo-travel.com/welcome-to-melbourne/ to read more. We will also have special discounts for WGC-2019 participants, so keep a close watch on this page for the latest additions!
It’s Week 5 of our weekly blog from a Melbourne local. We asked some local delegates: If you only eat out once in Melbourne where would you go? To find out what they suggest click here: http://bit.ly/2FCMbUM where you will also find a list of great things to see and do and exclusive delegate discounts.
Melbourne Laneway Photo Tour 10% discount
Keen to see the hidden laneways of Melbourne and improve your photography skills? Then this is the tour for you. There are over 200 laneways in Melbourne bursting with history, street art and cafes and professional photographer, Jaime Murcia will take you down his favourites, giving useful tips on how to improve our photography along the way. Book here and enter the code WGC2019: https://www.jmphototours.com.au/laneways-photo-tours/
Global Ballooning Australia 15% discount
Enjoy a truly remarkable hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the city of Melbourne or the Yarra Valley wine region. There is no other major city in the world that you can fly over in a hot air balloon and what a city! Sail the breeze for an hour beside sparkling skyscrapers and follow the Yarra River as it winds through parks and gardens. Book here and enter the code WGC2019: https://www.globalballooning.com.au
Flinders Golf Club 25% discount
Enjoy a round of golf with views of the ocean from almost every hole at the Flinders Golf Club, just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Book here and enter the code GLAUCOMA: https://www.flindersgolfclub.com.au/
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel 40% discount
Take in sweeping views across Melbourne’s skyline from the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel 120 metres above the Docklands. Book here and enter the code WGC40: https://www.melbournestar.com
Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens.
- Yarra Valley Wine Tour
- Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne
- Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
- Yarra Valley Private Charter Tours
Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond and experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and misty waterfalls. Discover a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Enjoy fine dining up and down the coast and stock up at local winemakers, dairy farms and fresh provedores along the way.
Phillip Island, a popular day trip from Melbourne, lies just off Australia’s southern coast. At Summerland Beach, spectators gather daily at sunset to watch the Penguin Parade, when little penguins come ashore in groups. The Nobbies outcrop is the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals.
- Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
- Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island tour
- One Day Philips Island Tour
- The Evening Penguin Parade Tour
Inhale the air up there in the Grampians and be dazzled by the diverse natural attractions and their history. Experience the walking tracks, wildlife, lookouts and waterfalls in the breathtaking rugged landscape. Savour local wines at cellar doors and relax at restaurants with breathtaking views. Take in extraordinary art, old and new, in galleries indoors and out. Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, stunning panoramic views, impressive waterfalls, spectacular wildflower displays and a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities in the Grampians National Park.
Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater.
The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties.
Conducted tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors.
Stylish, arty Melbourne is both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and it’s proud of its place as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. It’s long been commented that Melbourne’s inner city is the most European of any in Australia; the leafy eastern section of Collins St was dubbed the ‘Paris end’ in the 1950s. There’s a bit of New York in the mix as well, thanks to the city’s well-ordered grid and scattering of art-deco high-rises. But Melbourne is uniquely Melbourne. Its exciting mix of style, sport, culture and dining means you’ll never want to leave.
- City Sightseeing with Melbourne River Cruise
- Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour
- Melbourne City day tours
Stride into Melbourne’s blue stone laneways; whether its just yourself, couples, groups of friends and families, to discover all of Melbourne secrets and hidden gems!
For such a young city, Melbourne has packed so much into such a short period to become one of the world’s great places to visit. Take the chance to see, hear, taste and feel the best of what Melbourne has to offer in its great laneways, arcades, hidden bars and cafes.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), also known simply as “The G”, is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria, and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the 10th-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, the largest cricket ground by capacity, and has the tallest light towers of any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by the Richmond railway station, Richmond, and the Jolimont railway station, East Melbourne. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.
Every great city has its icon, its point of recognition, the gem in its urban skyline. For Melbourne, it’s the Eureka Tower, a 297-metre (975 ft.) gold plated skyscraper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct. High up on the 88th floor, 285 metres above sea level, you’ll find us – Eureka Skydeck: Melbourne’s greatest point of view, and one of the most stunning observation decks in the world.
As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, Eureka offers a visual panorama of Melbourne’s humming neighbourhoods, world-class hospitality venues and dazzling urban sprawl.