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Things to do in Melbourne Central YHA

Melbourne is always busy, bustling and never goes quiet, even in the depths of winter. It’s famous for festivals (comedy, art, film – we could go on!), markets, gallery events, theatre, concerts, sporting events and so much more – you’ll never be bored in Melbourne. 

 

If you head in to the CBD, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to eat, where to get your coffee and where to drink and have a good time. There’s rooftop bars, hole in the wall bars hidden down graffiti covered laneways, bars with standing room only, bars in the middle of the Yarra River, bars with video games to keep you entertained for hours and bars hidden behind bookcases. In case you can’t tell, Melbourne likes a good bar or two.

 

Shoppers will also love Melbourne. There's large department stores and shopping complexes, designer label stores, shops with one-of-a-kind pieces, second hand stores with vintage finds, markets featuring the latest in home wares, book stores and sporting stores, so whatever you're after, Melbourne will have it.

 

If do you need some inspiration, ask our staff – many have been here for years and can give you insider knowledge to experience Melbourne like a local.

At the hostel

Movie night

Relax and kick back with FREE popcorn at our FREE movie night. On every Sunday in the TV lounge.

When:
Sunday Night
Where:
TV Lounge
Cost:
$0

Pub crawl

Explore some of Melbourne’s best bars on our legendary Thursday night pub crawl! For only $20 you get VIP entry into 3 bars and 1 club, pizza, shots and a great time! Meets at 6:30 PM at the bar.

When:
Thursday at 6:30 PM
Where:
Bar
Cost:
$20

Table tennis tournament

Join us every Wednesday night for our weekly FREE table tennis tournament complete with great prizes and drink specials at the bar! The fun starts at 6pm in the bar.

When:
Wednesday at 6PM
Where:
Bar
Cost:
$0

Trivia night

Is your head bursting with knowledge? Are you really good at guessing stuff? Do you come up with really punny trivia team names like 'You're a quizzard, Harry'? Do you like to meet new people and drink? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then you need to be at our trivia night. With drink specials throughout the night and prizes to the winning team, it can't be missed!

When:
Tuesdays at 7 PM
Where:
Bar
Cost:
$0

Walking tour

Let us show you Melbourne from a locals perspective! Join us on our FREE walking tour every day. Meets at 10.10 AM at reception. 

When:
Everyday at 10.10AM
Where:
Reception
Cost:
$0

Tours & activities related to this hostel

$135
per person

Great Ocean road 1 day reverse tour

Beat the crowds to the 12 Apostles by taking the reverse tour! Get the inland route out of the way first and enjoy spectacular ocean views on the return journey to Melbourne.

If you would like to beat the crowds to the 12 Apostles this reverse tour is for you! In the morning the tour will travel to Port Campbell through country Victoria, while all the other tours head straight to the coast.

You will arrive at the 12 Apostles hours before the other buses and will be able to get those perfect photos without having to compete with the masses.If you were thinking about adding on a helicopter flight at the 12 Apostles, the reverse tour option will reduce your waiting time and give you more time at the coastal viewing points and boardwalks. Admire the mighty limestone stacks from the cliff side trails, walk down onto the sand in Loch Ard Gorge and learn the history of the shipwreck coast. 

Enjoy the spectacular ocean views, ancient rainforest and wildlife as your wind your way along the Great Ocean Road back to the city. Take a 30 minute walk through the serene forest of towering trees at Maits Rest. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you travel through the trees but don’t stress if you can’t spot any! At Kennett River you will jump out of the bus to spot wild koalas and some brightly coloured birdlife. 

You will stop in Torquay for a pizza dinner before returning to Melbourne. 

What you need to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, warm and cool weather clothing.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$340
per person

Great Ocean Road, Grampians And Phillip Island 3 Day Adventure

Visit 3 iconic destinations in Victoria; The Great Ocean Road, Grampians & Phillip Island! Encounter unique Australian wildlife, enjoy a scenic drive & experience great walks.

This package includes our 3 favourite locations in Victoria;
- The Great Ocean Road: One of the world’s most scenic drives
- Grampians National Park: Victoria's best hiking destination
- Phillip Island: Home to the adorable penguin parade

You will have 1 day enjoying the highlights of Phillip Island followed by 2 days travelling along the Great Ocean Road and through the magnificent mountain ranges of the Grampians National park.You can do this tour: Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Melbourne or a Melbourne round trip.

Itinerary:

Phillip Island 1 day tour
Enroute to Phillip Island you will stop at an Australian Wildlife park to get up close and personal with animals including koalas, emus, wombats and Tasmanian devils. You will even get the chance to hand feed the kangaroos! Once you have arrived on the island you will explore the spectacular coastline from the boardwalks and lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens at the Nobbies. As the sun sets, watch hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach at the famous Penguin Parade. 

Great Ocean Road & Grampians 2 day tour
Day 1 - Enjoy the views as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road. You will explore an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas and travel through rolling hills as you make your way to the breathtaking 12 Apostles. At the end of the Great Ocean Road you will head inland to Halls Gap. Overnight in the Grampians 
Day 2 - Start the morning with a hike to get your blood pumping, spotting the wildlife as you go. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre then spend the afternoon in the great outdoors, exploring lookouts and magnificent waterfalls in Grampians National Park. As the day comes to an end, to you will take the inland route back to Melbourne OR transfer onto Adelaide.

Important
Adelaide to Melbourne itinerary is in reverse and starts the day travelling along the Murray river.
A medium fitness level is recommended for this tour due to being a nature based walking tour.
Photography is not permitted at the penguin parade.
Parts of the itinerary may be altered or omitted due to seasonal changes
Accommodation included at Grampians is not a YHA property

When booking please advise of your pick up location in comments section

$285
per person

Great Ocean Road,Phillip Island & Mornington Peninsula

Discover the breathtaking coastlines and unique wildlife of Victoria on this 2 day tour of the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula.

Can't decide if you should visit the famous penguin parade at Phillip Island or head down the Great Ocean Road to the iconic 12 Apostles? Why not both?

Itinerary:

Day 1
Departing Melbourne you will take the inland route to Port Campbell, heading straight to the 12 Apostles. Stroll along the board walks and check out the various lookout points to admire the magnificent size of the limestone stacks. You can head down to the beach at Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps to get the sand between your toes. As you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road you will get the chance to walk through an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas and visit small coastal towns. Overnight at Bellarine Holiday Park.

Day 2
Start the morning with a ferry transfer from Queenscliff to Sorrento, keeping an eye out for dolphins as you cross the bay! Along the way to Phillip Island you will visit the brightly coloured bathing boxes at Portsea and stop in at Moonlight Sanctuary to encounter some of Australia's most adorable native animals. Explore the spectacular coastline of the island from the boardwalks and lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens at the Nobbies. As the sun sets, watch hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach at the famous Penguin Parade. 

Important
Photography is not permitted at the penguin parade.
Luggage is limited to a 5KG overnight bag.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$522
per person

Greyhound pass Melbourne - Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!

Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!

Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.

Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach! 

Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only
  • Please state which direction you would like in the comments when making the booking. eg. Melbourne to Cairns or Cairns to Melbourne as passes must be issued in the right direction.

There are also Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

$159
per person

Healesville sanctuary and puffing billy 1 day tour

See the elusive duck billed platypus & other favourite Aussie animals such as the koala, kangaroo and wombat then step back in time to ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train

Escape the city for a day to enjoy the scenery and fresh air of the Dandenong Ranges and Healesville Sanctuary. .

Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo that specializes in Australian wildlife and are dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. You can catch a glimpse of some our most elusive, yet super adorable animals, the duck billed platypus and echidna. They also have all your favourite native Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats and dingoes. If you would like to get a little closer you can add on a magic moments experience on the day to have a close-up encounter. Don't miss the "Spirits of the Sky"; discover the majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots in this this spectacular flight show.

In the afternoon you will head to the Dandenong Ranges and step back in time to the 1900’s and climb aboard the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train. The century old steam train has been preserved and continues to run on its original track through lush forest and rolling hills.

IMPORTANT: Lunch is not included on this tour. You can pack your own or you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at a cafe in Healesville Sanctuary where you will have the choice of pies, rolls, fish and chips, sandwiches and focaccias.

$33
per person

Melbourne Sealife Aquarium

A trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without visiting Sealife Aquarium. See marine animals including sharks, stingrays, tropical fish & the giant saltwater crocodile Pinjarra.YHA Members SAVE 20%
A trip to Melbourne is not complete without a visit to the Sealife Aquarium. It is home to thousands of marine animals including sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical fish and the giant saltwater crocodile Pinjarra. 

The aquarium features 12 themed zones including the penguin playground that houses Australia’s largest collection of Sub-Antarctic penguins, the world’s largest collection of Sea Horses and the only elephant sharks on display in the world. Walk underwater through glass viewing tunnels and see Australia’s marine life like never before. You will be within inches of huge sharks!
$270
per person

Melbourne to Adelaide package

Take the scenic route between Melbourne and Adelaide. Discover the beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians on this epic 2 day journey.

On this tour you will get to travel on one of the world’s best scenic drives; The Great Ocean Road, and hike through the magnificent mountain ranges of the Grampians National park with your new found friends as you make your way to Adelaide. 

Itinerary

Day 1:
The Great Ocean Road winds over 200kms of spectacular coastline with incredible ocean views. You will explore an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas and travel through rolling hills as you make your way to the breathtaking 12 Apostles. Add on a helicopter flight for an additional $145 for a unique view of the 12 Apostles. At the end of the Great Ocean Road you will head inland to Halls Gap. 
Overnight at the Grampians.

Day 2:
Start the morning with a walk to get your blood pumping in Victoria's best hiking destination Grampians National Park. Be sure to keep quiet and eye an eye out for any movement as you go and with any luck you will spot some of the unique the wildlife that call this area home. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre then spend the afternoon in the great outdoors, exploring lookouts and magnificent waterfalls in Grampians National Park. As the day comes to an end, you continue onto Adelaide.

Optional extras:
- Save time and money by adding on pre and post tour multishare accommodation at Melbourne Metro YHA and Adelaide Central YHA.
- Add on a helicopter flight at the 12 Apostles.

IMPORTANT: 
Adding on the helicopter flight may reduce your viewing time at the 12 Apostles main lookout
Luggage Limit is 20kg per person. 
Accommodation included at Grampians is not a YHA property

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$1299
per person

Melbourne to Alice Springs package

Explore the diverse landscapes of Australia on this epic adventure. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, sleep underground in Coober Pedy, hike the Flinders Ranges & admire Uluru.
This epic 10 day adventure will show you the diverse landscapes of Australia as you travel from Melbourne, through the centre of the country, up to Alice Springs. Experience the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park, Barossa Valley wine region, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Uluru.

Itinerary:

Overnight at Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel

Day 1 - Admire the spectacular scenery as you wind your way along the coast. After a lunch stop in a charming seaside town, you will get a chance to stretch your legs on a walk through an ancient rainforest. Arrive at the 12 Apostles at sunset and be awestruck by the mighty limestone stacks. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 - After an early breakfast you will make your way back to the 12 Apostles to see them in the morning light, before the crowds. You will arrive at the Grampians National Park in the afternoon to enjoy some hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 - Further explore the Grampians National Park; MacKenzie Falls, the Balconies Lookout. Travel onto Adelaide through the hills and arrive at approximately 7.00pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Check into Adelaide Central YHA Hostel for 2 nights.

Day 4 - Free day in Adelaide OR add on Barossa Valley tour for extra $100: Explore the Barossa Valley and enjoy tasting some of the best food and wine in Australia. This tour blends historical wineries, wonderful regional food and breathtaking scenery.

Day 5 - Start your journey up the centre of the country. Enter the Southern Flinders Ranges and enjoy a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding plains. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 - Visit the underground mining town of Coober Pedy; a landscape similar to Mars and home to 80% of the world’s opal. Take a tour of an opal mine and check out some of the town’s unique underground attractions. Tonight you sleep like the locals– underground. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 - Travel north onto Uluru. On arrival you will set up camp then check out your first Uluru sunset. Nothing really prepares you for the beauty of the glowing rock! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 - Enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru and learn about the Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 - At Kata Tjuta, hike the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredible ancient rock formations.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 - Experience the fantastic views of Kings Canyon on this 3 hour hike. Feel dwarfed by the huge sandstone walls and the immense canyon floor. Continue onto Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm. 

Overnight at Alice Spring Backpackers Hostel

Day 11 - Check out of the hostel and finish your trip.

IMPORTANT:
A medium fitness level is recommended for this tour due to being a nature based walking tour. Sleeping bag hire is available for an additional $20 or you can bring your own.

 

$1999
per person

Melbourne To Darwin 14 Day Overland Tour

Take an incredible overland journey from Melbourne to Darwin on this EPIC 14 day road trip. Visit the Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Katherine Gorge

Take an incredible overland journey from Melbourne to Darwin on this EPIC 14 day road trip. Visit the Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Katherine Gorge. 

Itinerary:

Spend 2 nights at Melbourne Metro YHA

Day 1 (Friday) - Admire the spectacular scenery as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road coast. After a lunch stop in a charming seaside town, you will get a chance to stretch your legs on a walk through an ancient rainforest. Arrive at the 12 Apostles at sunset and be awestruck by the mighty limestone stacks. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 (Saturday) - After an early breakfast you will make your way back to the 12 Apostles to see them in the morning light, before the crowds arrive. You will make your way to the Grampians National Park in the afternoon to enjoy some hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3  (Sunday) - Further explore the Grampians National Park; visit MacKenzie Falls and the Balconies Lookout. Travel onto Adelaide through the hills and arrive at approximately 7pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Check into Adelaide Central YHA for 2 nights.

Day 4 (Monday)- Explore the Barossa Valley and enjoy tasting some of the best food and wine in Australia. This tour blends historical wineries, wonderful regional food and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a second night at Adelaide YHA. (Lunch)

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Start your journey up the centre of the country. Enter the Southern Flinders Ranges and enjoy a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding plains. Marvel at the beauty of the Milky Way as you sleep under the starts in a Swag. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Visit the underground mining town of Coober Pedy; a landscape similar to Mars and home to 80% of the world’s opal. Take a tour of an opal mine and check out some of the town’s unique underground attractions. Tonight you sleep like the locals– underground. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 (Thursday)  - Travel north onto Uluru. On arrival you will set up camp then check out your first Uluru sunset. Nothing really prepares you for the beauty of the glowing rock! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 (Friday) - Enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about the Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 (Saturday) - At Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), hike the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredible ancient rock formations.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 (Sunday) - Experience the fantastic views of Kings Canyon on this 3 hour hike. Feel dwarfed by the huge sandstone walls and the immense canyon floor. Continue onto Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.(Breakfast, Lunch)

2 nights at Alice Springs YHA

Day 11 (Monday) - Free day in Alice Springs

Day 12 (Tuesday) – It's time to head into the Tropics! 80% of the Northern Territory lays north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Next on the tour is the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. The day ends at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you will camp in tents and swags for the night. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 (Wednesday) – Visit the iconic Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by. Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and near where you camp overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 (Thursday) – An early start with a short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (not available all year due to seasonal conditions) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as you travel onto Darwin and arrive in the early evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

2 nights at Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell

Note: We recommend selecting a start date on a Sunday, which allows for the best combination of tour options. If you would like more than 2 nights at Melbourne Metro YHA, add this request in the comments when booking and we will confirm availability and costs with you.

$1999
per person

Melbourne to Perth overland tour

The ultimate Australian road trip! You will wind along the Great Ocean Road, drive across the Nullarbor and experience incredible coastal views, unique wildlife & serene beaches.

Itinerary

Overnight at Melbourne Metro YHA

Day 1, Saturday (dinner included) - The Great Ocean Road winds over 200kms of spectacular coastline with incredible ocean views. Explore an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas & travel through rolling hills as you make your way to the breathtaking 12 Apostles. Overnight in the Grampians.

Day 2, Sunday (breakfast included)- Start the morning with a walk to get your blood pumping in Victoria's best hiking destination Grampians National Park. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre then spend the afternoon in the great outdoors, exploring lookouts & magnificent waterfalls in Grampians National Park. Overnight at Adelaide Central YHA.

Days 3 & 4, Mon/Tue (no meals) –You have 2 days of free time to spend in Adelaide. Explore the city markets, museums, art galleries, zoo & parks or add on a Barossa Valley day tour for only $115.Overnights at Adelaide Central YHA.

Day 5, Wednesday (lunch & dinner included) – Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges and hike Alligator Gorge, keep an eye out for the yellow footed rock wallaby. Overnight at a bush camp – no facilities.

Day 6, Thursday (all meals included) – Discover the beauty of the Eyre Peninsula. Take a coastal walk at Venus bay and spot dolphins in the surf. Get your adrenalin pumping with some sand boarding on massive sand dunes! Overnight in Coodlie Park - a working farm. 

Day 7, Friday (all meals included) – This morning you will get the option to swim with the playful sea lions & dolphins at Baird Bay (an additional $160 paid direct). After a picnic lunch on the beach you will drive to a secluded camping spot. Overnight in Fowlers Bay – camp ground with shower facilities.

Day 8, Saturday (all meals included) – Be in awe of the magnificent sea cliffs of the Great Australia Bight. Take some photos of the famous wombat, emu and camel road sign on the Nullarbor then cross the border into Western Australia. Overnight at a bush camp – no facilities.

Day 9, Sunday (all meals included) – Leave the outback and head to the coast to Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park. Overnight in Cape Le Grand – camp ground with shower facilities.

Day 10, Monday (all meals included) – Crystal clear waters, squeaky white sand, expansive granite bluffs and sunbathing kangaroos? How you spend your morning here is up to you. Take a coastal walk, go for a swim or relax on the beach. Take a hike to Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Overnight in Cape Le Grand – camp ground with shower facilities.

Day 11, Tuesday (all meals included) – Take a morning stroll down to the beach and spot some kangaroo’s then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite – camp ground with facilities.

Day 12, Wednesday (all meals included) – Today’s a day for keeping cameras close and clicking fingers at the ready. You’ll be treated to superb views of sun-bleached boulders, turquoise seas and dramatic red-rock cliffs shaped by eons of crashing waves and rolling tides. From the coast to the forest, you’ll veer off into the Valley of the Giants for a treetop canopy walk almost 60 metres above the ground. Overnight camping in swags with facilities.

Day 13, Thursday (all meals included) – Today it’s time to eat, drink and be merry, tasting the delicious local fare of Margaret River. Boutique breweries, chocolate, cheese and even a fudge factory, today you will have time to browse and explore. Overnight in Margaret River.

Day 14, Friday (breakfast & lunch) – Check out the Ngilgi caves and get the lowdown on this amazing underground world, then gain a totally different insight into local culture during a meet-up with some of the people indigenous to the area. A final stint on the road will bring us into Perth. Overnight at Perth City YHA

IMPORTANT
You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.
Please advise at time of booking if you would like to do the optional activities.
Due to the regional locations this tour visits phone reception may not be available.

$799
per person

Melbourne Welcome Package

Australia's most exciting and unique arrival package - designed by backpackers, for backpackers

Created for travellers by travellers, this is so much more than a normal welcome package.

Adam and Darryl backpacked the country before settling here for good. They are now adopted Aussies and want to welcome you to your travel adventure with this perfectly organised and action packed week.

 They thought of all the things you could dream of in a first week in Australia:

•       2 day/1 night getaway that includes a surf lesson, wine tasting, Australian Wildlife Park AND Phillip Island penguins.

•       Riverside welcome meal and farewell rooftop BBQ

•       Bar crawl including 4 drinks and pizza!

•       Guided city exploring tour

•       Incredible food and drink tour of this foodie city

•       Beautiful St Kilda beach day including paddle boarding

 

Not only that but they also include everything you really NEED in that first week:

•       Stress free arrival with airport pickup and 7 nights accommodation

•       Tax file number, bank account and phone sim set up

•       Expert guides and fellow travellers forming your new Aussie family

•       Employment help and lifetime Welcome to Travel Membership

 Sounds like the best week ever right? We think so! While the action starts on a Monday the first included night is a Sunday. Landing earlier? That’s fine, we can add extra nights for you too.

The departure dates are below. Secure your departure for January 2018 through to March 2018 now for only $799, save $100!

The airport shuttle can be arranged for any day. You just let us know and we make it happen.

Want to know more? The Welcome to Travel team are available on Skype to answer any questions you might have.

$189
per person

Peninsula Hot Springs 1 Day Tour

Soak in the mineral-rich waters with over 20 bathing experiences then enjoy lunch at a winery. In the afternoon visit The Enchanted Adventure Gardens & Sunny Ridge strawberry farm

Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa centre in Victoria. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. After spending 2 to 3 hours soaking in the water you will be treated to wine tasting and a delicious lunch at a local winery.

Seasonal:
November to March: Choose to pick your own Strawberries or indulge in the dessert cafe at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm.
April to October: Visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates in the charming seaside town of Flinders to indulge in the artisan chocolates.

In the afternoon it’s time to dial up the action at The Enchanted Adventure Garden home to Australia largest tube slide park, beautifully landscaped gardens and 4 mazes.

What you need to bring: Swimwear, appropriate clothing for warm or cold conditions, sunscreen and water bottle.

$149
per person

Sovereign Hill Gold Rush 1 Day Tour

Go on a nostalgic journey and experience the magic of Victoria’s gold rush era at Australia’s foremost outdoor interactive museum, Sovereign Hill.

Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! The open air museum recreates Ballart`s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. To understand and truly appreciate the colonial history of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia a visit here is an absolute must! Experience exciting street theatre, enjoy live goldfields music and get into the spirit by panning for gold yourself. You never know you might strike it lucky! 

Laugh, cry and cheer as you hear the amazing story of Mr Smith, your personal guide. He will take you on his 'rages of riches' story back in time, from the squalid, seedy streets of London to becoming one of the goldfields most successful gentlemen. Venture deep underground on a guide mine tour and imagine what it must have been like working deep beneath the earths' surface day in and day out. At the completion of your guided tour relax with a refreshing beer or wine at the United State Hotel. 

End the day with a stop in Daylesford to pop into one of their renowned art galleries or grab a coffee at one of the cafes. Visit Victoria`s highest single-drop waterfall formed some five million years ago Trentham Falls before making the trip back to Melbourne. (Seasonal) 

IMPORTANT: Lunch is not included on this tour. You can pack your own or you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at the Sovereign Hill bakery or café where you will have the choice of pies, rolls and salads. 

$135
per person

The Grampians national park 1 day tour

Explore one of the world's oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges. Spot native wildlife, learn about local Aboriginal culture and hike the trails to breath taking lookouts.

The Grampians National Park is one of the world’s oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges. The area is home to an abundance of native wildlife, rich in local Aboriginal history and is Victoria’s premier hiking destination. 

En-route to the Grampians you stopover at the township of Beaufort to enjoy your morning tea and give your legs a bit of a stretch. You then travel into the heart of the Grampians National Park where breathtaking mountain views await. 

As you drive through the region your experienced guide will point out unique wildlife including kangaroos, emus and a vast array of birdlife. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local indigenous art and heritage. 

Experience the majestic views and scenery from Reeds Lookout, then hike the trails to the remarkable Jaws of Death/Balconies. Then get some time to relax and cool off at the base of Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls. 

Return to Melbourne, stopping along the way for dinner (own expense). 

What you need to bring: water bottle, hat, sunscreen, warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes. 

IMPORTANT: A medium fitness level is recommended for this tour due to being a nature based walking tour.
When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$130
per person

Wilsons Promontory 1 day tour

‘The Prom' is Victoria’s best kept secret. Located at the southernmost point of mainland Australia, it will inspire with its panoramic views, pristine beaches and coastal forests.

‘The Prom' or Wilsons Promontory, is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. The southernmost point of mainland Australia, it is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the state and makes for a great day tour!

You will experience breathtaking views where the mountains meet the ocean and hike spectacular walking tracks. Enjoy 3-4 hours of hiking the trails such as Mt Bishop, Vereker Outlook or Pillar Point (easy – medium graded walks).Take a walk on Squeaky Beach and be amused by the 'singing sands' as you go. 

With a bit of luck you will see a diverse range of Australian wildlife throughout the national park such as emus, kangaroos, wombats and echidna's.

What to bring
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Large water bottle
• Lunch - you will make a stop to purchase lunch if needed
• Sunscreen & hat
• Swimwear & towel

IMPORTANT
Must have a medium level of fitness as this is a nature walking based tour.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

FREE things to do in 562 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

  1. Explore! Melbourne has so many secret laneways, hidden bars and cafes, boutique stores and amazing street art. Let your feet and sense of curiosity guide you.
  2. Tour the arty alleyways, starting at Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square) and follow the laneways heading north from there.
  3. Gallery hop between The National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre, ACMI and The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - all for free!
  4. Visit Federation Square - there's always a festival happening, a weekend market to peruse, a variety of activities going on or something on their big screen to keep you entertained for hours.
  5. Melbourne is well known for it's abundance of gardens, so grab your mates, pack a picnic and relax in the sunshine while you eat until your heart's content. We recommend the Royal Botanical Gardens, Carlton Gardens or Flagstaff Gardens.
  6. Head to the Queen Victoria Market to browse the local produce, handmade crafts and secondhand treasures. The Rose Street Artists markets in Fitzroy ooze with Melbourne creativity, and it's free to have a look.
  7. Cycle the city for nothing. Blue bike kiosks are spotted all around the city for visitors and tourists to explore. There's a holding deposit to ride, but the first 30 minutes are free. Start riding from Freshwater place on Southbank and pedal towards Sandridge Bridge for the best Yarra River views.
  8. For an easy, breezy and beautiful beach, head to St. Kilda. The sea front promenade and St Kilda pier have lovely views of the seascape and adrenaline-seeking kite surfers.
  9. Head to the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Cultural Centre in Federation Square. A permanent social history exhibition is complemented by changing exhibitions by new and established Aboriginal artists.

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