Luxury Adventures are doing a series of interviews with some of our key suppliers looking at the different aspects of their lives and how these influence the experiences they offer. Melbourne Private Tours offer private touring in Victoria and are regularly utilised by Luxury Adventures.
What’s your background Josh – how and why did you start Melbourne Private Tours? We started the company in 2008. it was built upon a foundation of creativity and passion for travel and adventure, culinary delights, and allowing our guests to discover the sophistication of Melbourne and the pleasures of regional Victoria. We offer a range of carefully crafted itineraries and also provide guests with the opportunity to fully customise their experience. All of the tours we offer have an emphasis on touching, tasting, connecting and learning each step of the way, with the aim to exceed the expectations of the modern traveller. We work closely with a vast network of personal contacts in Melbourne and Victoria to provide guests with immersive and innovative experiences that deliver memorable ‘behind the scenes’ experiences often not available to the general public such as meeting locals, wine makers, artisan producers and the people who make Victoria and Australia such a fascinating destination.
For our non-English speaking guests do you offer multilingual guides and if so which languages do you cover? We have a great team of guides with a broad range interests. Languages in which we deliver tours are:
For our clients with only 48 hours in Melbourne, what itinerary would you recommend? I would suggest the following:
Day 1 – Melbourne after Dark tour, (on arrival in Melbourne in the late afternoon) Tour Inclusions & Highlights
• The grand architecture of the Golden Mile
• St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Shrine of Remembrance
• Dinner at one of Melbourne’s hottest dining spots
• Panoramic views at Eureka Skydeck88
• signature cocktails at one of Melbourne’s hidden bars or after dinner coffee in a hip laneway cafe
Day 2 – Mornington Peninsular full day tour Tour Inclusions & Highlights
• Scenic coastal drive
• Historic coloured bathing boxes
• Arthur’s Seat Lookout
• Lunch at a stunning vineyard restaurant
• Spectacular ocean beaches
• Local produce such as cheeses and chocolate
• Historic seaside townships of Sorrento and Portsea
• Wine tasting at local wineries
Day 3 – A full day Great Ocean Road fly -drive experience Tour Inclusions & Highlights
• The Great Ocean Road
• Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach
• Split Point Lighthouse and the ‘Shipwreck coast’
• Wild Koalas and colourful birds
• 45 minute flight aboard a fixed wing Cessna aircraft
• Aerial views of the 12 Apostles, Moonlight Head, Gibson’s Steps & Loch Ard Gorge
• The Otway Ranges
Which tours would you recommend for families with younger children? We have a page on our web site all about family tours, those that I would suggest as being ‘extra’ family friendly would be our: Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Essential Melbourne (with morning bike ride) and Ballarat & Sovereign Hill experiences.
Which are your top two most popular tours that you offer? Our Phillip Island Ranger Led Adventure and our Great Ocean Road Drive Fly
Melbourne city has many great restaurants, which top 3 would you recommend? I could list 100 in the restaurant capital of Australia! Three personal favorites of mine would be: Coda, Cumulus Inc and Chin Chin for quintessential Melbourne dining experiences.
What vehicles do you have on your fleet, and what group sizes are you able to facilitate? Only the best! All of our vehicles are luxury Mercedes. Perfect for private touring for small family groups and couples. Having said that, incentive groups of anywhere between 10 and 200 have been the largest growth area of our business in the past three years.
Other than Melbourne which Australian destinations would you include in a two week itinerary? I’m a sun/surf lover. I can’t resist Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. I was recently in Margaret River, south of Perth and that is one place that ticks all the boxes for me – great food and wine, perfect weather, spectacular beaches and, and, and…