Around and About Tours offer you a truly unique touring experience as they take you exploring throughout the many interesting and exciting places Victoria has to offer.
If you are thinking about taking a holiday to Australia, Around and About specialise in small bus group day tours (11 passengers) and extended tours throughout Melbourne and Victoria.
By using small vehicles, they are able to get to spots that larger buses and coaches can’t access. It also means that they can give their passengers more attention, making their tour more enjoyable. They leave early in the morning, so they stay ahead of the traffic and avoid the crowds.
Their flagship product is the Ultimate 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour. Around and About Tours cater for all ages on the tours, so great for the whole family. They offer over 20 different tours to choose from or you can design your own private tour. They provide free pick-ups from the city and St Kilda.
All of their tours can be found on their website, you can also find them on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Google and TripAdvisor.
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See the Great Ocean Road the right way and spend two full days along this wonderful coast line with Around and About Tours.
On the Ultimate Two Day Great Ocean Road Tour you will get to see kangaroos and koalas as well as visit multiple waterfalls. Around and About Tours make plenty of stops, so you have enough time to enjoy each stop.
They offer free discounts for city and St Kilda pick-ups, and offer you free morning tea and a chilled bottle of water, fresh fruit and free park entry. You will also get discount if you wish to take the helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles.
For any further information please contact Around and About Tours or view the website.Family Friendly
Why not join Around and About Tours and see the Mornington Peninsula from the land as well as from the sea. In the morning you’ll visit Arthurs Seat where you will get to see magical views of Port Phillip Bay. Then it is time to head to the sea and spend the afternoon aboard the Dolphin II catamaran for some exciting sailing.
The Seawind Catamaran, “Dolphin II” is fully equipped featuring separate male and female toilets, transom shower, Bluetooth speaker, galley, and two onboard BBQs. Catering for up to 29 guests, the Dolphin II is ideal for our cruise sail and snorkel tours.Family Friendly
The first day is very similar to the one day Great Ocean Road tour, it cover the highlights of the Great ocean road. It allows you to tick it off from your bucket list.
You will leave early, stay ahead of the traffic and crowds. The journey takes inland and we join the road at Port Campbell. You will then travel along the magnificent road all the way to Lorne. Then we head inland to the town of Forrest.
Day 2 is an early start to go looking for the platypus, you will head out on a canoe at Lake Elizabeth. After lunch you will make your way back to Melbourne.Family Friendly
From $488 to $598
This tour shows you everything that the Great Ocean Road has to offer. You will spend three days along the magnificent coast line. Visit two lighthouses, two waterfalls, the Otway Fly adventure, plus all the scenic stops along this wonderful road.
Day one is all about the surf coast, great beaches, surfers, quaint little villages, kangaroos, koalas and parrots.
Day two is the middle stage, rainforest walks, treetop walks, ziplining between the trees snd Cape Otway Lighthouse. You will finish the day off with sunset at the 12 Apostles.
The final day is spent along the Shipwreck Coast. You’ll visit all the lookouts, including 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, The Grotto and many more.Family Friendly
Travelling west directly to the Grampians.
Head straight up the mountain stopping at some of the best lookouts. The first stop is Boroka lookout. Here you will get great views over the village of Halls Gap. Then head onto Reed Lookout and The Balconies.
The final lookout for the morning is the McKenzie Falls. The Grampians has a vast number of wild life including kangaroos and wallabies are often spotted in the wild. Many varieties of bird life including cockatoos frequent Halls Gap and surrounding area.
The Grampians are a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running north to south with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. They are the result of earth movements lifting and tilting the hard sandstones to create an impressive landscape of peaks and valleys.
After the lookout when head down the mountain to the local village Halls Gap. This will be the lunch stop (lunch at own cost). Chance to browse the local shops, buy ice cream or some local fudge.
The last stop is the Aboriginal Culture Centre, where you get to learn about some of the history of the Grampians.Family Friendly
From $165 to $275
This tour is for the adventurous traveler. We head inland direct ot the 12 Apostles. You arrive at the 12 Apostles nice and early before the crowds. The tour visits the Loch Ard Gorge as well.
When then leave Shipwreck Coast and make out way to Lavers Hill for lunch (own cost).
Finally arrive at the Otway Fly adventure, where the fun begins. Take a walk along the steel canopy above the trees, then go flying in between the tree on various zipline.Family Friendly
Pick-up at 6:30am – Return 6:30pm approximately.
The tour travels west out of Melbourne to direct to Torquay, the surf capital of Victoria.
First stop is the foreshore of Torquay for morning tea. Bells Beach – look for Kangaroos. Then visit Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Anglesea.
At Aireys Inlet visit Split Point lighthouse and boardwalk and Fairhaven Beach
Enjoy a lunch stop at Lorne where you have time to explore the town, shops, beach and more.
The tour arrives at Live wire at 1:00pm. For the next three hours you will be flying and zipping around the tree. Children seven to 12 years will do the Short Circuit and all 13 years and older will do the Super Circuit. Then all above 10 years old will do the Shockwave Zip Coaster. Finally all participant will be able to do the Canopy Circuit.
At 4:00pm head back to Melbourne.Family Friendly
Depart at 11:30am and return during summer at 11:30pm approximately and during winter at 9:00pm approximately.
The tour stay ahead of the other buses allowing you to enjoy the stops.
On tour you head south of Melbourne directly to Phillip Island. After the two hour journey, the first stop is the wildlife park (included) where you will have the opportunity to see the kangaroos and view many of the other Australian animals including koalas.
You then visit Cowes the local village on the island. Here you will be able to explore some of the local shops, purchase some refreshments (own cost) and enjoy a stroll on the local beach.
The tour then travels to the Nobbies, a rugged rocky outcrop and seal rock. Here you will get the chance to walk along the board walk and visit the seal centre.
Finally head to the Penguin Parade to watch the penguins returning to their nests from a day at sea.
There are various options to upgrade your penguin parade experience, subject to availability. After the penguins the tour heads directly back to Melbourne.Family Friendly
Pick-up 10:00am – Return 4:30pm approximately.
The tour drives east of Melbourne directly to Yarra Valley Yarra Valley is regarded as one of Victoria ‘s best wine regions.
The first stop is Domaine Chandon where you will join go on a self guided tour showing the process of making sparkling wine.
Light lunches (own expense) are available after the tour. The region has a rich history of viticulture and wine making that goes back 150 years, but it has only been in the past 15 years that it has once again come to the forefront as a significant wine and tourism destination.
You then visit another two– three vineyards in the region depending on the time. After an enjoyable afternoon of wine tasting we return to Melbourne.Family Friendly
Pick-up 7:00am – Return 7:00pm approximately
The first stop is Bendigo where you will embark on an hour underground gold mine tour.
After a coffee break (own expense) you will board a talking tram for a tour on the history of Bendigo. The Tram will also stop to allow you to explore the old tram yards where various trams are on display.
Then continue north to Echuca arriving just in time for lunch (own expense).
You will have chance to explorer the Historical village. Here you will experience a fantastic cruise onboard a historic paddle steamer along the mighty Murray River (included).
The tour then return directly back to MelbourneFamily Friendly
From $99 to $165
Rayners Orchard is situated to the east of the Dandenong Ranges and it is the only Orchard that offer fruit picking all year round. They grow around 450 varieties of fruit and have at least 8 varieties of fruit every day of the year.
Taste the many varieties of fruit available in the orchard.
They run Fruit Tasting Tractor Tours around the farm all year – jump on to sample the freshest fruit you will ever taste – tree-ripened fruit picked straight from the tree. Tours run daily on demand during business hours and run for an hour each – lots of fruit samples included as you make your way around the little plot of fruit heaven. Have you ever tasted an inca berry or strawberry guava before? Make sure you come hungry. U Pick available on tours for most of the year.
Choose from the five options below:
Tour One Dandenong Ranges And Rayners Orchard.
Tour Two Rayners Orchard.
Tour Three Yarra Valley Wineries And Rayners Orchard.
Tour Four Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary And Rayners Orchard.
Tour Five Yarra Valley, Puffing Billy And Rayners Orchard.Family Friendly
The one day Great Ocean Road tour cover the highlights of the Great ocean road. It allows you to tick it off from your bucket list.
The tour leaves early, stay ahead of the traffic and crowds. The journey takes inland and you join the road at Port Campbell. You will then travel along the magnificent road all the way to Anglesea. This is a full 12 hour packed tour.
Disabled AccessFamily Friendly
From $550 to $1500
Around and About Tours can provide customised private tours tailored to your needs anywhere in the state of Victoria. These tours can vary from a half-day tour to a seven day tour. Prices of tours vary depending on the length of the tour, number of people, the attractions visited and type of accommodation required.
Regarding accommodation, they will work to your budget and requests. They can make use of caravan park cabins, backpacker hostels or they can use five-star hotels, it is totally up to you.
Time to get out of the house and explore your backyard. Let them take you around and about. You’ll travel in a 12 seater minibus, groups are small at a maximum of 11 passengers. Visit the places that you have not seen before. They can customise the tour to suit your needs and stay away from all the crowds.
Let them take you to the wineries or the galleries, (some suggestions are Yarra Valley, Mornington, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mt Macedon, Daylesford, Kyneton region or any other destination you choose) tours can be day trips or longer (they can help plan and source your accommodation).Family Friendly
Let Around and About Tours show you the best of the Mornington Peninsula, before you board the ferry to cross over the bay to Queenscliff. Along the way, look out for seals, dolphins and sometimes even whales.
Port Phillip is a horsehead-shaped bay in the central coastline of southern Victoria, Australia. With 260 kilometres of coastline, Port Phillip is 35 times the size of Sydney Harbour covering an area of 1,930 square km, with mean depth of 8 m and channel depth of 33m. The bay’s entrance, known as “the Rip” between Points Lonsdale to the west and Nepean to the east, is 2.8km wide.Family Friendly
If you’re looking for some fun, why not learn to surf? You have a lesson in the morning and then you get the afternoon to practice what you learnt.
Join Around and About Tours for one of Australia’s favourite outdoor sports – surfing.Family Friendly
Looking for Gold? This is the tour for you. Let Around and About Tours take you to Sovereign Hill and you can try your hand at panning for gold. Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes, providing a uniquely Australian experience and entertainment.
There’s real gold to be panned – and it’s ‘finders keepers’, an underground gold mine, street theatre and the opportunity to meet costumed goldfields characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coach builder’s and the confectionery factory. All of this after you visit Ballarat wildlife park, where you get up close with many Australian animals including the crocodile.
Ballarat is Victoria’s third-largest city (just over 100000). Ballarat has enjoyed a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851.Family Friendly
Lets Around and About Tours show you some of Victoria best’s hidden secrets. You’ll visit Mt Macedon to view an amazing lookout, then head to the famous Hanging Rock. Then it is onto Daylesford for an art gallery, time to browse the local shops and lunch.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay. Picnic At Hanging Rock has long been shrouded in mystery. Set in 1900, it is about a group of female students at an Australian girls’ boarding school who vanish at Hanging Rock while on a Valentine’s Day picnic, and the effects the disappearances have on the school and the local community. But is the plot—an eerie re-telling of a tragic event—based on a true story? Some say yes, some say no.Family Friendly
Spend the day at the snow. Mt Buller is Melbourne’s closest snowfield and it offers something for everyone. Build a snowman with the kids, try tobogganing or purchase a sightseeing lift ticket and try skiing or snowboarding (pre-book your lessons). For experts, get your lift ticket and spend the whole six hours on the slopes. There are plenty of cosy cafe, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy.
Mount Buller is a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia with an elevation of 1,805 m. Mt Buller is approximately 225 km from Melbourne, known for its downhill ski slopes and terrain parks. Mountain peaks, waterfalls and high plains characterise the nearby Alpine National Park.Family Friendly
Let Around and About Tours point out some of Melbourne city’s landmarks. They then take you to two inner-city suburbs to explore the beauty that Melbourne has to offer.
82 distinctive bathing boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden structures lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach. The Brighton Bathing Boxes do have a lot of history behind them. In fact, they were built more than 100 years ago when Australians were a little more modest and were used by women for privacy when changing into their swimwear.
The bathing boxes remain almost unchanged, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. Even today, the boxes don’t have running water or electricity, keeping with their 1800s style.Family Friendly
Spend four hours exploring the 70 acre bushland that Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary as to offer. Experience close-up encounters with some of Australia’s unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus.
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, which is regarded as one of Australia best sanctuaries, is also home to the Australian Wildlife Centre, a hospital which treats more than 2,000 sick and injured native animals every year. Set in a beautiful natural environment, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature from creek to canopy, and plays a critical role in saving some of the world’s most endangered animals.Family Friendly
Why not join Around and About Tours and see the Mornington Peninsula from the land as well as from the sea. In the morning you’ll visit Arthurs Seat where you will get to see magical views of Port Phillip Bay. Then it is time to head to the sea and try your hand at an afternoon of fishing. If your luck is in, you will have dinner sorted.
Relax and enjoy a spot of fishing.Family Friendly
From $99 to $134
Depart 7:00am and return 2:00pm.
Heading east out of Melbourne the first stop will be Grant’s Picnic Ground. Your first activity of the day will be a short stroll thorough the magnificent rain forest.
After the forest walk sit down to Devonshire Tea with Wattle Seed Scones. while you take in the splendours of our natural wonderland.
The forest is home to a variety of bird life including parrot and the lyrebird, so make sure to look out for them.
The tour then heads to Puffing Billy to drop passengers for their train ride. After Puffing Billy take a slow drive through the remainder of the forest stopping to visit one of the quaint villages along the way. Here you will have time get some lunch or just browse thorough the local shops.
Finally head back to Melbourne.
Optional Extras: Puffing Billy Stream Train and Tulip Festival Available In Spring for extra cost.Family Friendly