Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous
On this 4-hour guided tour you'll get a look at the wealthy side of Melbourne as you travel through eastern suburbs about 6 miles (10 km) from the central business district. Pass by upscale homes, elite schools, world-class clubs, and shopping facilities frequented by celebrities and prominent citizens. Take a walk along the Yarra River, and enjoy afternoon tea at the historical Como House.
Your tour begins in early afternoon near Federation Square in Melbourne, where you’ll meet your guide and depart by minivan. Once onboard, you'll pass by culturally prominent landmarks as you leave the city center for the suburb of Kew, the site of the historic Raheen estate that was once home to the Archbishop of Melbourne and is owned by the family of a wealthy Australian businessman. Then visit the grounds of one of Melbourne’s leading private schools, and hear about where famous Australians such as Deborah Lee Furness, Cate Blanchett, and Sir John Monash were educated.
Travel along some of Melbourne’s top residential streets, check out a contemporary French-inspired home, and pass by prominent private tennis clubs before continuing through Toorak, Melbourne’s premier suburb. Admire the homes of affluent residents, and learn how they made or received their wealth.
Next, visit the 19th-century Como House, where you can explore and stop for afternoon tea and walk along a tranquil section of the Yarra River for 10 to 15 minutes before your tour ends.