Australia & Pacific Travel News

Find out why Melbourne is one of the best places to live by adding it to your tour of Australia

There are few experiences quite like a tour of Australia. From the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland to the desolate outback, Australia is truly one of a kind. There are a wide variety of worthwhile experiences to be had in this unique country, but one of the best options is a visit to Melbourne. Located on the country's southeast coast, Melbourne is the second most populous city in the country and is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. While it's hard to know the full appeal of a city during a quick visit, some destinations in particular can make it a worthwhile trip.

Federation Square
One of the newest attractions in Melbourne, Federation Square opened in 2002 and it has been a must-see ever since. The square covers nearly 8 acres and welcomes an estimated 80 million visitors each year, and it's almost impossible to visit Melbourne without heading to the square. There are a number of buildings in the plaza that are worth checking out including St. Paul's Cathedral and the uniquely designed Australian Center for the Moving Image. Even something as simple as walk along the square's riverfront will offer a glimpse into why Melbourne is such an appealing city. 

Phillip Island Nature Park
Australia is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, and that doesn't change when you move to the big city. Located just south of Melbourne, Philip Island Nature Park covers thousands of acres and offers visitors the chance to get an up close look at animals they may not get the opportunity see anywhere else on Earth. In addition to the island's famous penguin parade, many visitors make a point to check out the Koala Conservation Center, which allows visitors to see koalas in their natural habitat. 

Great Ocean Road
This 151-mile stretch of road offers some of the best views the country has to offer. In addition to the stunning coastal panoramas that are available at every turn, there are some highlights along the drive that are worth checking out. The 12 Apostles - the name given to a series of limestone stacks - are among the most recognizable features along the drive. 

Recommended Tours

New Zealand Highlights

12 days from $3,852 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Value tour combining the highlights on both of New Zealand's Islands. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and the cultural heartland of the country, Rotorua - then fly South and take in Queenstown, an alpine resort town set amidst towering mountains and serene lakes. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Franz Josef Glacier and continue by train to finish in Christchurch.
More Info

Australia Family Adventure

12 days from $4,248 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Designed for families or larger groups; including family oriented accommodations. This tour visits Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Melbourne, and Sydney.
More Info

New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer

19 days from $6,441 pp*
Custom Private Tour
From hiking through the misty alpine forests of Queenstown, to making footprints in the rich red earth around the base of Uluru in the scorched Australian outback, you’ll experience all the extreme contrasts of the lands down under.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015