Optional Private Excursions available for purchase
Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!
After meeting your private guide and vehicle at the cruise terminal, you will begin unravelling Melbourne’s history by driving along The Golden Mile, past the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
Migrant groups give Melbourne its edge. Visit some of Melbourne’s cultural precincts and grab a sidewalk coffee at a chic laneway café. For Melbournians today, life revolves around food, fashion, beaches and sport. Take some time to connect with the city and its people with this ‘local’s look’. Meet the faces behind the produce at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Many are real entertainers and have had their stalls passed down through generations. Your taste buds will be left tingling as you sample their wares.
Take in the grandeur of Melbourne’s sporting precinct to help you truly understand this city’s obsession with sport. Enjoy a stroll through some of Melbourne’s iconic laneways – home to the best and unique bars, galleries, boutiques and cafés in the city.
Lunch at a local restaurant is included today. After lunch, you are transferred back to the city and your cruise vessel.
Tour duration: approximately 6 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, lunch
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch
Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many gems. Join this indulgent walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. See over 30 stores on this casual stroll. Morning tea is included before a restaurant lunch.
The tour will conclude after lunch where you will be returned to your cruise vessel by private transfer.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours
Cost includes: professional local guide, transfers from/to cruise ship, morning tea, lunch
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch, any extra purchases at shops
Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Visit and learn about the historic Split Point Lighthouse, located in the town of Aireys Inlet. This beacon of light is credited with saving hundreds of ships and thousands of lives along Australia’s treacherous ‘shipwreck coast’.
Soak up the atmosphere of Victoria’s premier holiday town, Lorne, before marvelling at the cliff-hugging road that stretches between Lorne and Apollo Bay. It is one of the most spectacular roads in the world, home to monstrous cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and secluded beaches. En route, visit the wild Koalas of Kennet River and get acquainted with some of Australia’s most colourful birds.
A delicious lunch at a local restaurant is included this afternoon. Then climb aboard your helicopter and take one of the world’s most truly greatest scenic flights. For the rest of the road you’ll be flying high. Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Light station, Gibson’s Steps and Loch Ard Gorge before a gentle touch down back in Apollo Bay.
Your journey back to Melbourne is a relaxing drive that will take you through the majestic Otway Ranges before arriving back at your cruise vessel.
Tour duration: approximately 9 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, lunch, scenic flight in light aircraft
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch
- Enjoy breath-taking aerial views of the 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, The Cape Otway Light station, Gibson's Steps and Loch Ard Gorge before a gentle touch down back in Apollo Bay.
- Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach
- Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne
- See koalas in the wild at Kennett River
- View the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles
Tour can operate: Anytime
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Low
- Private vehicle and driver/guide
- Experience one of nation's finest Aboriginal Art collections
- All of the household names of Australia's artists are represented in the extensive collections including McCubbin, Streeton, Nolan and many more
- Your guide, a museum and art curator by profession will take you on a private tour through the collection
- The services of a professional tour guide