A guided tour can have a huge impact on your overall travel experience, offering a complete package for you to enjoy.

If you are visiting Melbourne or planning a visit in the future, there are many day trip from the city. Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, and the Yarra Valley are just a few.

With so many great options, the question is to take a guided tour or hire a car and drive. We’ve spelled it out for you below, with 5 reasons why a guided tour will enhance your travel experience!

Tour guides can offer a safer and more memorable experience

With one of our fantastic guides, you’ll learn about the spectacular destinations that Victoria has to offer. Our guides are hand-picked and extensively trained to deliver memorable Australian experiences. Their passion for their job and their informative commentary will make yours a journey to remember!

If you don’t have a lot of time, travelling with a tour guide will help you get the most out of your trip. For even more control over your schedule, consider hiring a private guide instead of going with a pre-set tour.

Spend more time taking in your surroundings, less time with your eyes stuck on the road

Australia is home to some of the most spectacular drives in the world. This being particularly true for the Great Ocean Road. With the journey being a long and winding road, do you really want to spend almost your entire experience with your eyes glued to the tarmac? Another benefit is that aboard our 24 seater busses, you’ll be seated a little higher than you would be in a car, allowing for an even better view.

It’s a great way to socialise and meet new people

With our guided tours holding a max of 24 guests, you’ll get the opportunity to meet new people from across the globe. Make the most of your tour guide by asking for recommendations on other places to visit whilst in Melbourne, and advice for your onward travels!

No need for a designated drivers

If wine tasting is your idea of a fantastic day out, the Yarra Valley wine region near Melbourne will not disappoint. But rather than appointing a designated driver for the day, you can relax on a day tour from the city. On a Yarra Valley Gourmet tour, your driver will take you around the valley to cellar door and farmgates. Not only can everyone enjoy the wine tastings, but food tasting and a gourmet lunch as well. 

iPod Translation

We’re proud to offer a fully mobile personal translation service, allowing our non-English speaking guests to receive their tour information in their own language. Our key tour information has been professionally translated and recorded, and will ensure you don’t miss a single detail whilst on tour.

Reduce your environmental footprint

Travel together and help us to promote sustainable tourism! As a tourism operator whose primary function is to show visitors to Melbourne the natural assets of our state, we take very seriously our obligation to operate in a sustainable fashion and thus to do what we can to ensure that our natural assets are maintained for future generations – and visitors. After all, we want to share the beauty of Australia for a long time to come.

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Here are some of our Go West Day Tours from Melbourne that you can join us on when you visit.

Guided Tours from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

The Great Ocean Road is an iconic coastal road near Melbourne. You can explore the endless scenic views, surf beaches, seaside towns and wildlife including koalas and native birds. Take a walk through stunning rainforest and visit the incredible Twelve Apostles rock formations. You’ll also get to explore Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge.   

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

Alternatively you could take our shorter Great Ocean Road tour which includes Sunset at the Twelve Apostles. It’s your opportunity to see koalas in the wild, view surf beaches and the Memorial Arch. Plus drive through the rainforest and visit Loch Ard Gorge to learn the story of the infamous shipwreck. In addition, you will enjoy one of Australia’s most spectacular views – of the 12 Apostles – at the perfect time of day, sunset. 

Phillip Island

A tour to Phillip Island is one for wildlife lovers of all ages. Phillip Island is famous for being home to the world largest colony of Little Penguins. These birds nest on the island and each evening they can be seen returning from the ocean in the ‘Penguin Parade’. On tour you’ll also visit the Brighton Bathing Boxes and Moonlit Sanctuary., This wildlife sanctuary is where you can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, plus get up close to a host of other Aussie animals. 

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley provides a great day trip for foodies and wine-lovers alike. The region is renowned for its wines and wineries with big names like Yering Station, Balgownie Estate and Rochford Wines. On tour you can indulge in two different wine tastings, enjoy a gourmet lunch at a winery, and taste cheese, chocolate, relishes, fruit juices and more. 

Grampians National Park

The Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park is rich in Aboriginal history and native flora and fauna. Explore the sandstone ranges to encounter grand waterfalls, towering eucalyptus trees and rare wildflowers. You can also spot native Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and emus. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy the stunning views and take plenty of photos at the panoramic lookouts.


Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator @gowest.com.au