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Established in late 2016, Melbourne Touring Company was created by John Stapleton and other passionate tourism industry professionals who wanted to offer something different to Victoria’s millions of visitors.

Melbourne Touring Company offers one, two or three day small group tours and private personalised charters all year round, visiting select Victorian destinations known for their world-class attractions and spectacular scenery, such as:

  • the Great Ocean Road
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
  • the Grampians National Park
  • Wilsons Promontory National Park
  • the Yarra Valley
  • the Mornington Peninsula
  • Puffing Billy

Each tour is crafted to maximise memorable, hands-on experiences and minimise the time spent looking out a bus window. Our aim is to inspire and delight each of our guests, to full them with wonder at the stories and history that makes each place and creature unique. It is important to us that every single guest finishes their tour with a smile on their face, heaps of selfies and lots of stories to tell their friends.

Our motto of ‘Let the others rush!’ encapsulates this sentiment. John’s passion for his profession and his belief in tourism excellence, means every guest can enjoy the very best Victoria has to offer, at a leisurely pace.

Our guides

Each of our accredited tour guides is selected for their enthusiasm for our beautiful attractions, their friendliness when dealing with your group and their commitment to ensuring your complete satisfaction. Each guide undertakes training so they can provide you with accurate and timely information about Aboriginal culture and history, the care of our wildlife and environment and weather and road conditions. 

Above all, our team is passionate about sharing their knowledge of our amazing heritage, places, people and animals, in order to provide you with the very best travel experiences.

Courtesy pick up and drop off

We offer complimentary door-to-door service to locations throughout Melbourne city and suburbs. Simply confirm your pick up details at the time of booking your tour.

What should you bring on the tour?

Comfortable footwear, weather appropriate clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera and an adventurous spirit.


Melbourne Touring Company is a fully accredited Tour Operator registered with Public Transport Safety Victoria and holds a certificate of excellence in transport management issued by Monash University. Our accreditation number: AO007975

Our vehicles

Our fleet of modern mini-buses are heated and air-conditioned, spacious and comfortable. They are regularly maintained, cleaned, fully roadworthy and licensed in accordance with Victorian law.

About John

A tour guide for over 22 years, John became part of the industry as it gave him the opportunity to see the extraordinary sights of Australia and indulge his passion for our history and Aboriginal culture, while meeting people from all over the world. As such, John has worked in most Australian states and territories, returning to his home state of Victoria a few years ago. 

Having worked for some of the largest tour companies and with some of the best tour guides in the industry, John has honed his skills and learned plenty of life lessons while doing this job he loves!

Now, with a passion to showcase everything that is great about his own backyard, John is proud to share his knowledge and stories to inspire visitors to Victoria and to enhance their understanding of our natural and built attractions. 

Put simply, John and the Melbourne Touring Company team aim to ensure you have a holiday you’ll love to talk about for years to come. Let the others rush!

I acknowledge that I live, work and celebrate on Wadawurrung/Wathaurung Traditional Land and pay respect to all Elders past and present.


Accredited Tourism Business Australia
TripAdvsor Accredited Business
Licenced Tour Operator, Parks Victoria
Bus Association Victoria
Accredited Transport Safety Victoria