This Christmas, give the gift of a Melbourne experience

This Christmas, whether you’re in the mood for bargains, boats, bike riding, bouldering or a bon appetit, we’ve got you covered.

For the water baby

As Ratty, the water rat from Wind in the Willows once said, nothing compares to messing about in boats. Whether you want your hand on the tiller or to sit back, relax and leave it to the crew, you’re spoiled for choice this festive season.

Cruise the Yarra River in a Melbourne Boat Hire self-drive hire boat

Cruise the Yarra River in a self-drive boat from Melbourne Boat Hire

Explore the Yarra River and let your inner Captain come out to play with Boat4Hire. No boating licence is required and their sturdy craft can take up to 10 passengers.

With Melbourne Boat Hire, cast off on your own or place yourself in the hands of the experts for a skippered cruise or water taxi trip.

Enjoy all the perks of luxury boating and skip that pesky “but I’m not a billionaire” issue. Pleasure Cruising Club offers a range of stunning vessels for hire and full training.

There’s no finer way to be out to lunch than on Out To Lunch. Get some wind in your sails on this 40-foot catamaran with Adventure Sails and enjoy a function on the high seas.

The best kind of boat is a pirate bo….. sorry, a party boat.  And the best kind of party boat is a double-decker from Party Boat Cruises. Enjoy dining, drinks and your very own dance floor on a three hour cruise.

Take a three or four hour cruise around Docklands with Barkoona Cruises. Simply relax and enjoy the views or tuck into a barbeque while you’re at it.

These restaurants on wheels are the world's first travelling Tramcar Restaurants

These restaurants on wheels are the world’s first travelling Tramcar Restaurants

For the foodie

For the diner on the move, nothing tops the Colonial Tramcar Resaurant. For lunch and early or late dinner, hop aboard.

Take a load off your conscience by prancing between pralines with Chocoholic Tours. Explore laneways (with chocolate in them), arcades (with chocolate in them) and streets (yup – lots of chocolate in these) on this daily tour-de-yum.

And while we’re talking tours, we can’t go past Queenies Food Tours, which will walk or whisk you by mini-bus to some of Melbourne’s best munching.

Thirsty? Drink this City will slake a thirst of any size or shape and keep your touring cred impeccable while you imbibe. Discover some of Melbourne’s snazziest sipperies on the way.

Get active this festive season at Hardrock Climbing

Get active this festive season at Hardrock Climbing

For the perpetual life student

The only thing that beats a locked room mystery is a locked room mystery with a bar. Pit your wits against Trapt Bar & Escape Room in a 45 minute puzzle or be doomed to spend eternity sampling their cocktails.

Get to know Melbourne’s art and architecture with DADA Walks where you’ll Discover Art, Design and Architecture on the move. Two hour art and architecture tours or three hour architecture and sketching rambles are available.

Get to know eclectic Melbourne with an eclectic walking tour. Melbourne Walkabout caters to groups big and small and are ready to guide you through the eats, arts, architecture and arcades of the city.

Take a photography walk-shop of Melbourne with DJB Photography Walks. Let your inner shutterbug come out to discover some of the city’s most photogenic spots.

Cover more ground with Melbourne By Bike in groups of eight. Get a comprehensive view of the city on two wheels and a map of further ideas for the still intrepid and curious.

In need of thrills? Harness up and graduate from the school of hard rocks at Hardrock Climbing for a day’s scrambling, limited only by your endurance.

Comedy? Vaudeville? Burlesque? Cabaret? Cabaret and a cabernet? Look no further than Speakeasy HQ for all your variety entertainment needs.