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Melbourne Essentials Package

Home of eccentric creatives, food, drink, international culture, and quality music, Melbourne is one of Australia’s most iconic cities.

  • Money Icon From $735
  • Clock Icon Duration: 5 Days


  • Great Ocean Day Trip
  • Phillip Island And Penguin Parade Tour
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour
  • 5 Nights Accommodation at Nomads Hostel
  • Tasting the goods and eating local fresh foods.


This package includes all the ‘must- do’ activities for anyone arriving into this incredible city, featuring bustling coffee culture, a groundbreaking art scene, some of the best restaurants in Oceania, and a glistening nightlife. It’s also a popular stop off for travellers looking to extend their trip beyond the Sydney to Cairns route.

It’s host to heaps of amazing events throughout the year, including the Melbourne Cup, the Australia Tennis Open, the Grand Prix, and some of the best rugby, footy, and cricket matches you can see with your own eyes. Even if you’re not in town for one of the big events, there’s always heaps to see and do in Melbourne.

We’ve put together our must do Melbourne Starter Package, which pieces together some of the cities must do trips and our favourite accommodation, so you can make the most of your stay!


Day 1: Melbourne

Arrive in Australia’s pop culture capital and start by dropping your bags into the hostel luggage room. Here, the staff will give you a free map of the city and answer any questions you might have. Then take the opportunity to explore the city. If art or architecture is your thing, you’re going to be blown away, so consider stopping by Federation Square, Southbank, and The Arts Centre. Finish your day by checking into your accommodation before enjoying the nightlife.

Day 2: Melbourne/Great Ocean Road

On today’s Great Ocean Day Trip, you’re going to explore the rugged, but stunning coastline of the beautiful south coast of Australia. A dip in Apollo Bay or a few selfies in front of the breathtaking Twelve Apostles will see you smiling from ear to ear, before finally finishing the day with a sunset by the water in St. Kilda.

Day 3: Melbourne/Philip Island

Today, your adventures take you on a Phillip Island and Penguin Parade Tour where you get shown the very best Phillip Island has to offer. Phillip Island is home to a colony of around 32,000 penguins. This day will include a nature walk along Phillip Island’s stunning beaches and boardwalks and you’ll get to spend time meeting some of the local furry residents. Then, at night comes the ultimate penguin experience, because on Phillip island, each night, hundreds of penguins emerge from the surf and waddle across the beach during the “Penguin Parade”. You will get some amazing knowledge passed on by your guide throughout the day and will arrive back to Melbourne with many new travel stories to tell your friends back home.

Day 4: Melbourne/Yarra Valley

If wineries are your thing, you’re going to love today as you embark on your Yarra Valley wine tour. You will spend the day seeing the sites of some of Australia’s most renowned wineries, tasting the goods, and eating local fresh foods. This is a care free, hair down kind of day, so go ahead and treat yourself.

Day 5: Melbourne

This is your final day of exploring Melbourne. If you’re a sporting fan, today is a great time to visit one of the many sporting grounds. If sports aren’t your thing, but perhaps food is more your style, check out one or two of the many bars, cafes, and restaurants as you laze the day away. With this being your last night at Nomads Melbourne, take the opportunity to venture into the CBD, find yourself a stellar meal, and gaze upon the city lights.

Package Inclusions

  • Great Ocean Day Trip
  • Phillip Island and Penguin Parade Tour
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour
  • 5 Nights Accommodation At Nomads Hostel


Add a Bus Pass: SAVE 10% on any of the following passes when booking together with the package

Greyhound – WHIMIT East Coast 30 Day Pass $389.00

Greyhound – WHIMIT National 30 Day Pass $439.00

Add a Campervan:

Let us find a great deal on a campervan for you: Custom Campervan Quote

Own Transport:

We can build an itinerary taking into account the fact that you have your own transport already.

Trams, Trains, & Buses:

Buy a Myki smartcard for flexible travel between trains, trams and buses. You’ll be able to use public transport in and around the city for just a few hours or all day.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Spending Money
  • Overnight Bag
  • Snacks
  • ID

Supplier Terms & Conditions

All of our discount package deals are comprised of a combination of various tour providers, accommodation providers, and transport providers. Each of these suppliers and/or providers have their own individual terms and conditions in addition to Happy Travels standard terms and conditions. To view Happy Travels’ terms and conditions, please click here. For more information for individual supplier terms & conditions, please contact us by making an inquiry. Alternatively, they will be listed on your travel vouchers at the time of purchase.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a lot to do in Melbourne CBD?

Melbourne holds a number of annual events and local attractions amongst the arts, music, and culture, so those traveling to, and even living in Melbourne, should for it quite easy to keep themselves entertained. For those looking to getaway, there are an abundance of great road trip destinations.

What are some options for destinations outside of Melbourne?

There’s many opportunities to see some more besides tall buildings, cafes, and historic buildings. Melbourne’s coast offers a range of beautiful places to see, such as taking a drive down The Great Ocean Road to experience some amazing natural wonders.

Are drinks and food in Melbourne expensive?

You can easily find pizza spots, noodle bars, and cafes where you can eat for cheaper at around 15-20$AUD. Melbourne is definitely the best place to eat cheaply in Australia, especially if you like Asian food, but you should be expecting to be paying 20-25$AUD in most sit-down restaurants without a drink.

Grab and go places cost around 10$AUD for sandwiches while fast food costs around 12$AUD. Beer, wine, and basic mixed drinks will cost you around 10-15$AUD. If you are looking to save some money on dining out, a week’s worth of food will cost you about 50-80$AUD.

When should I go to Melbourne?

Melbourne is a great spot year-round and there’s always so much to do. We think the best time of year to visit Melbourne between March to May, and then September to November. The temperatures are much more comfortable during this time, and it is also slightly less touristy.

Winter in Melbourne can be pretty cold and dreary, especially in comparison to Sydney or Brisbane. You will definitely get the best travel deals and rates on accommodation, so it might be worth your time regardless.

Where should I stay in Melbourne?

It really all depends on where you want to go, but we always recommend setting up camp in St. Kilda at Base Backpackers! Especially in warmer times of the year, we think this spot will be the best place to meet like-minded backpackers who are settling down in Australia and looking for all options of fun.

What do I do if I need help with my existing package booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?

Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.

What is the best way to travel Australia?

There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.

What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?

We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.

Can I add additional tours or make changes to this package?

Yes. All of our packages are customisable so if you would like to make any changes please contact our team.

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