City Life & Native Wildlife on Melbourne Shore Excursions

The diversity of available Melbourne shore excursions speaks volumes about Australia’s second largest city. From koalas and kangaroos to city skyscrapers and superb botanical gardens, Melbourne and its environs are certain to be a most enjoyable port of call on your Australia cruise itinerary.

Meet two of Australia’s famous animal ambassadors, koalas and kangaroos, on Melbourne shore excursions to some of the region’s best wildlife sanctuaries. Healesville Sanctuary is a bushland haven where you can get up close and personal with Australia’s native wildlife like cute baby kangaroos (joeys), cuddly koalas, and not-so-cuddly reptiles. Enjoy the sight of free-roaming birds, from emus to long-billed Corellas (small cockatoos), and see the Tasmanian devil and the platypus. At Serendip Sanctuary’s open woodlands and wetlands, see and learn about the many species of birds. Choose different walking paths to see the sanctuary’s wildlife, wetlands, or wading inhabitants.

City-centric shore excursions in Melbourne, Australia take you to a unique vantage point almost 1,000 feet above the city as you step out onto the Eureka Skydeck for breathtaking, panoramic views. Back on street level, ride through the bay suburbs to arrive at the equally breathtaking grounds of the Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens. At Fitzroy Gardens, see Cook’s Cottage, a memorial to Captain James Cook, who discovered the east coast of Australia. Delight in the Fairies Tree and the many statues, sculptures, and fountains you’ll discover as you wander the grounds. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, you’ll be treated to a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, flora, and fauna during your tour.

Before you board one of our cruises from Melbourne, tour the city’s significant sights including the Arts Centre, Princess Theater, and the Cricket Grounds. Speaking of grounds, coffee is beyond an obsession in Melbourne (think flat white, for starters), so you can be sure your tour guide will scout out the best local coffee spots and clue you in on the Aussie coffee scene.

For a special, only-in-Australia experience, book Melbourne shore excursions to the Yarra Valley, one of the country’s most prolific wine regions. During a private small group tour, you’ll explore the area’s hidden gems and most famous names. Start with a bit of bubbly at world-famous Domaine Chandon, travel to Yering Estate, where you’ll sample craft wines, then on to the multi-award-winning Rochford Wines to taste full-bodied traditional wines. Round out the day with a dessert tasting at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.

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