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Brewery Tours Near Melbourne

Not everyone loves wine, so why not visit some of Melbourne best breweries instead?

From iconic local brands to some of the world’s largest producers, Melbourne is a world-renowned brewery destination. During a Tee Pee Tour , you’ll get to try anything and everything you want, all while enjoying the company of your closest friends and family.

Whether you prefer IPAs, classic lagers or a bit of both, this is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, a bucks party or any other special occasion. We also have options to suit different budgets and schedules– get in touch with us now for any questions on our one-of-a-kind brewery tours of Melbourne.

Curated Brewery Tours across Melbourne and Surrounding Areas

Our guides take great pride in showcasing some of Victoria’s finest local breweries. This not only includes some of the most historic and iconic brands, but also up and coming producers that we personally recommend and vouch for.

Over the years, we’ve taken the time to find the best destinations and experiences that suit different groups. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever drinks you’re into, we know how to make you have the perfect day away from your normal.

Interested in our curated brewery tours of Melbourne? Please fill out the form and let us know exactly what you’re looking for.

Option 1 ‘The Yarra Valley Brewery  Tour’

‘we want the best beers the yarra valley has to offer’.

For that want a beer tour, but also the views of a winery tour with he option to

The Usual Itinerary

Beer/cider paddles @ coldstream brewery.

Start the day with a paddle of 6 beers and/or ciders from this popular brewery. Can replace paddle with a pint.

2) Beer tasting @ Watts River Brewery

At this local favourite, staff will pour 4-5 pots of types of beers for everyone in a. slightly more formal tasting.

3) Beer and Lunch @ Matilda Bay Brewery

We'll get the beer. You get the food. We'll get a paddle of 4 beers of your choice, while you can order your food off the QR Coded menu.

Or finish the day with a round of drinks @ Hanrahans Vineyard

Get the 'wine tour feeling' with a beer or wine with an amazing view. This place will let your group get away with murder! Great fr rowdy groups!

5) Or finish the day @ Four Pillars

We can get everyone a paddle of 4 gins, or a drink of their choice in the famous distlllery.

What’s Included?

4  Venues which includes all tastings, paddles, or pints of a beer/drink of your choice. Ability to order and pay your for your own lunch included (Lunch not included in price) Ability to switch and choose any wineries with Beer or Gin stops Have complete control of Music the entire time Pick up and Drop off wherever you like Bring your own drinks for the bus ride  (Depending on vehicle used)

Starting from $170 (Based on 10 ppl as a minimum coming)

Option 2 ‘the mornington  tour brewery and spirits’, ‘we want to go the mornington region, but we want spirits and beer’.

For the group that doesn’t love wine enough to make it the entire day and would rather replace wine with other things for something different!

1) Beer paddles @ Red Hill Brewery

Among the many breweries, we go here, In the heart of wine country to begin the day with a paddle of beers

Flavoured Vodka paddles @ Penni Ave Distillery

To mix it up, we'll end the day on a guided tasting at the local favourite and boutique flavoured vodka distillery in Rye. Cocktails to have after the tasting too!

3) Lunch time @ St Andrews Beach Brewery

A-Grade Pub food. Something for everyone. We'll get you a drink each, but food will be at your own expense.

Alternatively, a 'feed me lunch' @ Red Gum BBQ

An additional 55$-75$ will have everyone on a set menu full of American bbq style meats and beers. You'll all be full and satisfied!

4a) Finish off with a drink of your choice @ Jetty Road Brewery

The Dromana Industrial district is home to many distilleries and breweries, and Jetty Road is the brewery we love! A drink each here!

4b) ...Or next door is Jimmy Rums

Alternatively we finish on a rum tasting or round of drinks at this very popular and cool distillery.

Starting from $150 (Based on 10 ppl as a minimum coming)

Option 3 ‘hop of the north’, ‘we want to keep it a little local and stay within melbourne’.

‘For those that want to explore the hidden gems of the inner-city North tour’ *This one’s our favourite!*

1) Beer tasting @ Co-Conspirator

Start the day with a formal beer tasting of 4-5 beers at this fairly unknown but amazing brewery

2) 3 Ravens Thornbury

Instead of a formal tasting, we'll get paddles of 4 beers each and let the beer do the talking.

3) Beer and Lunch @ Moondog World, Preston

We'll get the beer while you can choose and pay for whatever you want for lunch. Awesome venue with an indoor pool and huge space to be loud, watch sports, and chat shit.

4) Round of drinks on us @ BODRIGGY BREWERY

Ending in the lively Abbotsford with plenty of great things to do close-by to end your night, we'll end the day with a few pints!

4 Venues with tastings, paddles or a drink of your choice at each venue Lunch at your own expense (lunch not included in price) Ability to switch and choose any wineries with Beer or Gin stops Have complete control of Music the entire time Pick up and Drop off wherever you like Bring your own drinks for the bus ride  (Depending on vehicle used)

Starting from $165 (Based on 10 ppl coming as a minimum)

Option 4 ‘yeast from the east’, ‘we want to keep it local and stay within melbourne’.

‘For those that want to taste the beers of the lesser known Eastern region of Melbs ‘

1) Beer tasting @ Bad Shepherd

Start the day with an in-depth tasting of 5 of their best beers

2) Beer or Gin tasting/paddles @ Boatrocker

You're choice of beer or gin flights that they make themselves.

3) Beers and Lunch @ Deeds

Get whatever you food you want, but we've got the beers for you! A pint each here at this impressive venue!

4) Finish @ Mr Banks

A round of drinks on us, with a pool table, food and more...

5) Or finish the day with a beer paddle @ Dainton

A touch of class to end the day at this micro brewery

Starting from $160 (Based on 10 ppl minimum coming)

Option 5 ‘southside sips’, “we want a beer tour in the southern area of the melbourne suburbs”, 1) westside ale works.

A Formal beer tasting OR beer paddles at this American styled brewery!

2) Gin tasting @ Patient Wolf Southbank

Mix up the day with either a gin tasting or paddles of gin at this tucked away small distillery.

3) Beers and lunch @ CbCo

We get a paddle of beer and allow you to choose and pay your own way fro food. Also a good place to finish as it's across the road from Starward Whiskey Distillery

4) Round of drinks on us @ Brewmanity

Over listening to tastings? Want to just drink, watch sports on a rooftop and chill out....This place is brand new and perfect to end the day on!

Starting from $155 (Based on 10 ppl minimum coming)

Option 6 ‘west brew story’, “we want the newest type of tour you’ve got. give us something different”.

‘With the brand new ‘Moondog Wild West’ facility just launched, be a trail-blazer and come join our newest tour. This one is both male and female friendly and has heaps to offer other than beer’

1) Bonehead Brewing

Start the day with a paddle of beers, or a formal beer tasting if your group wants it.

2) Beer paddles @ Barbarian Brewing Co, Kingsville

Another paddle of beers, or simply a pint of your choice at this underrated gem.

3) Beer and Lunch @ Moondog Wild West, Footscray

This brand new venue boasts amazing beer,seltzers and ciders, great food and even a mechanical bull. We'll get a round of drinks, You get the food.

4) A pint of beer or any drink @ Hop Nation, Footscray

Finish the day with a simple round of drinks on us. Huge range of Seltzers, ciders or beers to choose from

Starting from $165 (Based on 10 ppl as a minimum coming)

Brewery Tours of Melbourne – The Perfect Way to Celebrate

About to celebrate a birthday, buck’s party, or want to organise a unique outing with your mates? Our tailored brewery tours of Melbourne cover all bases. With flexible tour durations and varied itineraries, there’s a tour for everyone. You can check out one of our packages or arrange a personalised tour–the choice is yours.

Why Choose Us for Brewery Tours in Melbourne?

Here’s why Tee Pee Tours stands out:

Unique experiences: We offer tailored tours for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or corporate events. Flexible duration: From half-day to full-day tours, we got you covered. Top-rated service: With hundreds of 5-star reviews, our customers love what we do. Friendly Guides: Our welcoming tour guides add to the fun-filled experience. Tours for all: We have tour options for different budgets and group sizes.

Our happy customer, Bradley, says, “Andrew and the team were great from start to finish and offer exactly what they advertise- laid back winery tours! Couldn’t recommend them highly enough and went over and above to ensure we had a great day will definitely use and recommend them for all my tours from now on!”

Book Brewery Tours in Melbourne Now

Our city’s vibrant brewery scene is perfect for anyone that really appreciates the art of beer making. Whether you’re Melbourne born and raised or visiting here for the first time, this is your chance to sample the finest beers, meet the brewers, and learn about the brewing process. So, grab your mates and let us take you on our one-on-one brewery tours across Melbourne.

Tee Pee Tours – 5 Step Process

Step 1: first contact: your call, your tour: planning your ideal experience.

After we receive your online contact form or your booking form or you’ve called on  0423 237 833 , our friendly staff will discuss your requirements in detail. We will send options, prices and itinerary options either via email or text.

Whether it’s a wine tour, day trip, brewery tour, hens or bucks party, we’re here to tailor-make the perfect tour for you. Next, we’ll email or text a little more to just get it absolutely perfect for your day out. Some groups can be happy with the very first itinerary we talk about and this process is done in one email. Others want to explore all sorts of options. Either way, we are here for it!

After we get a better understanding of your interests, group size and personal style, we’re more than happy to provide some recommendations. We’ll then confirm where you want to go, what you’re really looking for (Unless ‘half day tour is important?)

Step 2: Make your booking to get the plan locked in

Once we’ve laid out the perfect plan for your day, we’ll send you the details for your approval. After making any necessary changes, we’ll get you to make a booking by paying a deposit on our website by clicking ‘Book Here’, then ‘Private Tours’. This is a non-refundable $100 deposit.

Once this booking is made and the plan is set, we then immediately book all of the venues discussed, allocate a vehicle, a driver and make sure everything is locked in. Sometimes people go straight to this step without contacting us, so we will make sure we get a plan going ASAP after you’ve booked.

Rest assured, our tours are flexible and we’re always happy to tweak things to make sure your day is exactly as you imagined.

Step 3: Rounding up the Troops

From the moment we have received your $100 deposit, things are locked in. We have got everything ready on our end. It’s now your job to start getting everyone organised and find out what your final numbers will be. We also recommend checking for any dietary requirements, finalising the pickup and drop off address, and any other minor details that we may need to know.

If everyone is paying for themselves, then we recommend collecting payments from them ASAP so we can get a good idea on numbers early. It’s in everyone’s best interest for this number to be communicated honestly, realistically, and frequently. The number of people dictates the price, the vehicle we use and the driver who can drive that vehicle.

Step 4: The Week Before and the Final Email

7 days before the tour, we will email you to give you all the very final details so you won’t have any more questions. This final email will include the driver’s details, the itinerary, rules expected behaviours, vehicle details and payment instructions. Payment will be via bank transfer/invoice or a payment link can be sent.

We do not require full payment until 2 days before the tour. Once payment is made and we are all good to go, there’s nothing left to do, except drink!

Step 5: The Day of Your Tour

On the day of your tour, our professional and friendly staff will be there to pick you up and drop you off wherever we have discussed and planned. Our guides provide recommendations, plenty of banter and overall, make sure everything runs smoothly. We have a bit of a common sense approach to the day.

If we feel something isn’t working or that people need more of this or less of this, we are always happy to add a few bottles on the table, or a cheese platter or whatever we think is reasonable. We want to make sure this is the best day ever so you’ll join us once again!

You got a question do ya?

What types of beer can i expect to try during the tee pee brewery tours in melbourne.

During our brewery tours of Melbourne, you can sample a wide range of beers. Whether you prefer IPAs, classic lagers, or a bit of both, we’ve got you covered. We visit a variety of breweries, from iconic local brands to the world’s largest producers, so you’ll get to try quite a variety of beers.

Can the tours cater to different budgets and schedules?

Absolutely! At Tee Pee Tours, we understand that everyone’s needs are different. That’s why we offer flexible tour durations, from half-day to full-day tours, and have options to suit different budgets. Get in touch with us on 0423 237 833 for any specific queries about our tour options.

Can I book a Tee Pee Brewery Tour for a special occasion?

Yes, you can! Our brewery tours are a great way to celebrate birthdays, bucks parties, and other special occasions. We even offer tailored tours for events like anniversaries or corporate outings.

How can I book a personalised brewery tour?

To book a personalised tour, please fill out the form and let us know exactly what you’re after. We can then arrange a tour that perfectly suits your preferences and needs.

What makes Tee Pee Tours stand out for brewery tours in Melbourne?

We pride ourselves in providing unique experiences, flexible tour durations, friendly guides, and a variety of tour options to suit different budgets and group sizes. Our commitment to ensuring our customers have a great day out is reflected in our Trip Advisor awards and hundreds of 5-star reviews.

What makes Tee Pee Tours different from other wine tour operators?

We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We believe that running a tour is about creating the best possible atmosphere, one that’s relaxed, flexible, sociable, and inclusive. We put an emphasis on getting everyone to connect..and not in a lame cheesy way. Through organic conversation, or a communal playlist, We Get People Talking. We offer end-to-end transportation and let you decide where we go and how long we stay. Plus, our tour durations are very adaptable.

Does Tee Pee Tours cater to people who are not very interested in wine?

Of course! While we specialise in wine tours, we understand that not everyone’s a wine lover. That’s why we offer a range of alternatives including behind-the-scenes looks at Victorian restaurants, estates, breweries, and distilleries.

I'm organising a hen’s party in Melbourne. Can Tee Pee Tours help me plan the event?

Yes, we can! Our hens party wine tours are specially designed to provide an unforgettable experience for the entire group. We take care of every detail, allowing you to focus on having a great time.

I'm a seasoned wine enthusiast. Can Tee Pee Tours offer me a unique experience?

Definitely! We offer personalised wine tours, where we tailor the itinerary to match your preferences. This also comes with direct access to local wine makers and hands-on wine making activities. Even if some people in the group don’t love wine and others absolutely love it, we can pick places where we can split the group up. This is usually easy as some of the places are literally next door to one another. We know the Melbourne Wine regions so well that we know exactly where the wine-enthusiast will appreciate things, and where the others will find ways to enjoy it too.

How can I book a wine tasting tour near Melbourne?

It’s easy! Either click ‘BOOK HERE’ on this page, or Just give us a ring at 0423 237 833. Our friendly team is ready to help you plan your perfect tour. Book your tour today and let’s make some memories together!

1. Brewery Tour

Brewery tours are available all over Melbourne and its surrounding rural regions! Do 4-5 stops with plenty of booze along the way!

2. Great Ocean Road

We can personalise Great Ocean Road trips anyway you want it! We started out here so we know everything! We can even teach you surfing, or recommend great Airbnbs!

3. Bellarine Peninsula

Arguably the most underrated wine region in the country! Ocean views, The famous Jack Rabbit and even whiskey distilleries!

4.Macedon Ranges

Explore the road less travelled up north to one of the highest winery regions in altitude in the country up near Bendigo!

Any other questions? Ask us anything

Wanna chat 0423 237 833, [email protected].

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Brewery Tours In Melbourne

Being a world-class cultural hub, Melbourne is naturally a destination for some truly outstanding beer-tasting adventures. Whether you’re an ardent enthusiast or casual fan of the occasional brew, there’s a delicious and invigorating experience for everyone.

The opportunity to enjoy special beers presents itself, of course, just about wherever you go in Victoria’s capital. But you can also find special beer-related activities, like learning the craft of a master brewer or sampling the wares of local outlets with an urban beer tasting tour through Melbourne CBD.

RedBalloon provides a number of great options if you’re after a Melbourne beer tasting or brewery tour, in great locations and at great prices. And don’t forget these are a fantastic option for a special gift in honour of a birthday , Father’s Day or Christmas .

What are the best beer tasting experiences in Melbourne?

Like varieties of this treasured drink itself, there is an abundance of beer tasting experiences, and, at RedBalloon, we can guarantee each is excellent in its own right. Picking the ‘best’ will depend on the occasion you have in mind, your estimated budget, location – and, of course, your taste in tastings!

You could find yourself, for example, simply sitting back and relaxing in a trendy local Melbourne bar, sampling the delicious flavours of a few independently crafted beers served to you. On the other hand, you might sign yourself and your friends up for a guided bus-driven, brewery-hopping tour of Melbourne’s most exciting and talked about beer purveyors.

These kinds of outings deliver the privilege of VIP access and the chance to uncover the secrets behind some of the most awarded beers, ales and lagers. And matched with hearty, complimentary meals, they are ideal outings for groups to celebrate birthdays, buck’s events, or just the chance to catch up with old friends for a good time out.

Meanwhile, for something a little more hands-on, look out for Melbourne micro-breweries that give you a quick (and fun!) education in the ancient art of beer making. In doing so, they’ll let you get actively involved in the process, brew your own drop with the aid of expert tuition, and, ultimately, take home significant litres of your personalised beverage. What’s not to love?

What are the best places for beer tastings and tours in Melbourne?

The best kind of Melbourne beer tasting experience or tour can be easily found thanks to RedBalloon. In fact, the beer connoisseur may find Victoria’s capital overflowing with options to undertake an exploration of all the flavours and qualities on offer.

But that’s where we can help – finding venues, establishments and opportunities that are convenient and great value. With reviews and ratings on display, you can easily sort through which experiences are most likely to hit the spot.

There are plenty of unique opportunities to discover. One of which is enjoying the essence of Bavarian hospitality with a session at Melbourne’s Hofbrauhaus, discovering the special history of bier culture and history while enjoying delicious brews matched to the finest German cuisine.

Or you might opt for a gorgeous countryside tour that combines a meet and greet with the living legends of racing at Woodlands Estate plus delicious lunch and beer tasting in Woodend.

Can I do a private brewery tour in Melbourne?

Private tours are also available, combining unique VIP treatment with samplings of delicious local wares. Be picked up by a private chauffeur from Melbourne’s CBD for a day’s tour of the boutique breweries and local distilleries of the Yarra Valley. Incorporating a sumptuous lunch with an eclectic range of tastings, it’s a perfect adventure for two people to celebrate a special anniversary.

Things to do in Melbourne

Brewery tasting and tours are just one small part of the complete Melbourne story, of course. We can help you find the contrasting or complementing activities, whether it’s an adventure at Melbourne Zoo with the kids, hot air ballooning or a day spa with a loved one. It’s all part of creating a complete, unforgettable experience and special memories of this vibrant city.

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Melbourne Brewery Tours

Melbourne is the perfect place to explore the world of craft beer and brewing. A wide range of brewery tours is available in Melbourne , from small-batch craft breweries to large-scale production breweries. Brewery tours are an ideal way to get up close and personal with the beer-making process and learn more about the brewing techniques each brewery uses.

Brewery Tour

Brewery tours have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in Melbourne, where the craft beer scene is thriving. These tours provide an excellent opportunity for beer lovers to experience the full range of Melbourne’s breweries while enjoying the beautiful scenery and seaside views.

Brewery tours offer visitors the chance to taste a wide selection of beers while discussing the various types of beer with knowledgeable brewery staff. Many brewery tours are available, catering to diverse interests and preferences. From bespoke microbrews in the Bellarine Peninsula to a full-day sports and beer tour, there is something for everyone.

For true beer fanatics, a brewery tour can be a thirst-quenching beer odyssey, where different varieties of beer can be tasted and compared in a single afternoon. Beer-tasting terms also allow visitors to learn about the brewing process and how the different beer types are made.

One of the best things about Melbourne brewery tours is the wide selection of craft breweries available, including the largest brewery in Melbourne. The terms typically include stops at several breweries where participants can sample various of Melbourne’s finest craft beers. The tour can also have Lunch and other refreshments, creating a delicious experience for even the pickiest beer connoisseur.

While brewery tours can be a great way to explore and enjoy Melbourne’s craft beer scene , it is essential to do your research before booking a tour . Checking reviews and asking for recommendations from friends can ensure a positive experience. Additionally, some tours may require transportation, so plan accordingly.

Overall, a brewery tour can be the perfect way to spend a day in Melbourne, enjoying the beautiful scenery, delicious beer, and the company of other craft beer lovers. Whether a day trip with friends or a bucks party excursion, Melbourne brewery tours will create unforgettable memories and a greater appreciation for craft beer.

What You Can Expect on Our Tours

When you join us on one of our Melbourne brewery tours , there are a few things you can expect to experience. Firstly, you’ll explore Melbourne’s thriving craft beer scene and surrounding regions. With our tours , you can visit some of the best breweries in the area and sample various craft beers.

Our tours are led by knowledgeable guides passionate about the craft beer industry. They’ll be able to tell you about the brewing process, explain the differences between the various types of beer, and answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or a novice, our guides will ensure you have a great time.

We strive to make our tours an all-around enjoyable experience beyond just tasting beer. In addition to visiting breweries and sampling craft beers, our terms often include other experiences. For example, you may get the chance to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant or take a scenic drive through the picturesque surroundings.

Our tours are designed to be flexible and customisable so that you can tailor your experience to your specific interests if you have a particular brewery you want to visit or a beer you want to try, our guides will do their best to accommodate your requests.

Beer Tasting So Much Fun

Beer tasting is an activity that has grown in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. There’s something about trying out new types of beer that is fun, exciting, and satisfying. But what makes beer tasting so much fun? Let’s take a look.

First of all, it’s all about the variety. With so many different types of craft beers out there, there’s always something new to try. The range of flavours and styles is immense, from stouts to IPAs to sours and everything in between. This means that all beer tastings are unique, so there’s always a new adventure waiting. It’s like a treasure hunt for your tastebuds!

Secondly, beer tastings provide an opportunity to learn. You don’t have to be a master brewer to appreciate beer, but you’ll learn new knowledge as you try different brews. With each sip, you’ll notice nuances in flavour and complexity that you might need to catch up on. You’ll also learn about the brewing process, the history of different beer styles, and each brewery’s unique characteristics.

The best thing about beer tasting is the atmosphere. It’s a social activity that encourages conversation and fun. Whether with friends or strangers, the shared experience of trying new beers and exchanging opinions and thoughts can be enjoyable. Whether you’re sipping outside on a sunny day or huddled inside a cozy brewery, beer tastings bring people together.

Lastly, beer tasting feels good. There’s something about a refreshing, cold beer that relaxes and uplifts your mood. As you savour each sip, you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction that can be hard to put into words.

Who would love a beer-tasting experience

Anyone can enjoy a beer-tasting experience! Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just beginning to explore craft beer’s different styles and flavours, there’s something for everyone on a brewery tour .

For the beer fanatic, a brewery tour is a chance to indulge in their favourite craft beers and discover new breweries and microbreweries they may have yet to try. They’ll have the opportunity to taste different varieties of beer, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, and expand their knowledge of the brewing process and the unique characteristics of each brewery.

Craft beer lovers seeking a new adventure will also enjoy a brewery tour . The range of different styles and flavours of craft beer means that all tastings are unique. From trying new brews to meeting new people, a brewery tour is a great way to explore the local beer scene and connect with other beer enthusiasts.

For those who enjoy exploring the beautiful scenery of the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, or Bellarine Peninsula , a brewery tour is also a great way to enjoy the seaside views and rolling hills while discovering the local brew scene. Many terms include a stop for a delicious lunch, making it the perfect way to spend a day in nature.

Bucks parties looking for a fun and unique experience can consider a brewery tour. The atmosphere of a beer-tasting is social and relaxed, making it a great activity to bond with friends and have a few laughs. Brewery tours can also be tailored to fit the group’s preferences, whether focusing on discovering bespoke microbrews or indulging in a full-day sports and beer tour .

Melbourne Brewery, Winery & Distillery Tours

Melbourne is a hub for craft beer, wine, and spirits. A city with a thriving food and beverage scene, it is the perfect place to explore the world of brewing, winemaking, and distilling. One of the best ways to discover Melbourne’s local beverages’ various tastes and flavours is by taking a Brewery, Winery & Distillery tour.

Melbourne boasts a variety of exceptional breweries, each offering its unique selection of brews. Whether you’re searching for a refreshing lager or a robust IPA, a brewery in Melbourne has the perfect drink for you. A brewery tour is an excellent way to explore the beer scene and discover hidden gems you may have yet to find.

For wine lovers, the Yarra Valley is a must-visit destination. Just an hour away from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is home to over 80 wineries, each offering its selection of award-winning wines. Visitors can take a guided wine tour, including tasting some of the finest wines and witnessing the beautiful scenery. The Yarra Valley has something to suit every palate, from fruity Chardonnays to full-bodied Shiraz wines .

For those interested in local spirits, several distilleries in Melbourne offer the chance to discover the art of distilling. During the tour , visitors can get up close and personal with the distillation process and sample some of Melbourne’s finest spirits, including gin, whiskey, and rum.

The best part of these tours is that not only do you get the chance to taste the finest craft beer, wine and spirits, but you also get a chance to learn about the history and behind-the-scenes process of creating these delicious drinks. The tour guides are passionate about their craft and have a wealth of knowledge to share with visitors.

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Tours

Mornington Peninsula is a must-visit destination for any beer-loving traveller. With a thriving craft beer scene that boasts some of the best beers in Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is home to several award-winning breweries that offer visitors a chance to explore the world of craft beer.

A brewery tour is one of the best ways to experience the Mornington Peninsula’s craft beer scene. With several tour companies operating in the region, visitors can select the one that best fits their interests and schedule. The terms often include visits to multiple breweries, allowing visitors to sample several beers and gain a deeper understanding of the brewing process.

For beer connoisseurs, the Mornington Peninsula offers an exceptional variety of brews to satisfy every taste preference. From hoppy IPAs to smooth lagers, each brewery has its unique take on classic beer styles.

Beyond the beer, the Mornington Peninsula has stunning coastal views that provide the perfect backdrop for a brewery tour . Visitors can enjoy the region’s natural beauty while sipping cold beer and sampling local bites.

When booking your Mornington Peninsula brewery tour, you must check online reviews and research each brewery you plan to visit. This way, you can ensure that you have a positive experience and discover some of the best beer the region has to offer.

Overall, a Mornington Peninsula brewery tour is an ideal experience for anyone looking to explore the craft beer scene in Australia and discover the region’s unique flavours. With breathtaking scenery, various beer styles to suit any taste preference, and knowledgeable tour guides, a visit to the Mornington Peninsula is an experience to be noticed.

Mornington Peninsula with a Beer Odyssey

The Mornington Peninsula is a mecca for beer lovers , and what better way to experience the region’s craft beer scene than by embarking on a beer odyssey? A brewery tour with a twist, a beer odyssey takes visitors on an adventure through the Mornington Peninsula’s vast collection of craft breweries, providing the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest brews.

The tour begins with a visit to some of the area’s largest and most celebrated breweries. These breweries offer a wide selection of beers, from traditional lagers and ales to more experimental brews, perfect for the beer fanatic who loves a good pot of cold beer. Take the time to enjoy the scenery and chat with the friendly brewery staff, who are always eager to share their knowledge about brewing beer.

As the day progresses, the tour heads to the smaller, bespoke microbrews tucked away in the hills and valleys, serving bohemian beers and golden nectars for those with discerning taste buds. Here, visitors can explore the regional beer scene and discover new and exciting types of beer that they may never have tested before.

The beauty of booking a beer odyssey is that everything is handled, including transportation, checks on reviews, and a return trip to your accommodation. This means visitors can focus solely on enjoying the experience without any worries. After a day of sampling the best beer in the region, it’s not unusual to fall into a beer coma on the bus ride home, the perfect way to end a thirst-quenching beer odyssey.

Yarra Valley Brewery Tours

Are you a craft beer lover looking for a unique and delicious experience in Melbourne? Look no further than Yarra Valley Brewery Tours.

Yarra Valley features a vibrant craft beer scene with various breweries offering everything from classic to experimental brews. The best way to experience this scene is through a guided brewery tour .

These tours take visitors to some of the area’s most celebrated breweries, including Coldstream Brewery and Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company. Here, visitors can taste various beers and chat with friendly and knowledgeable staff who are passionate about their craft.

But the experience continues beyond there. The tour also heads to more minor, bespoke microbrews tucked away in the hills and valleys, serving unique and delicious bohemian beers. From farmhouse ales to sour beers, there is something for every taste bud on this tour .

To top off the day, the tour stops for a delicious lunch at one of the breweries featuring locally sourced produce from the region. Guests can also enjoy the stunning scenery of the Yarra Valley while relaxing with a cold beer in hand.

The best part about these brewery tours is that they take care of everything, including transportation and reviews of the breweries. This allows visitors to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience without worries.

Varieties of Beers in the Yarra Valley Region

The Yarra Valley region is gaining popularity amongst beer enthusiasts for its vibrant and diverse craft beer scene. The area is home to numerous breweries, each offering a unique selection of beers that cater to different tastes and preferences.

The Yarra Valley has various options for those who prefer a classic beer. Local breweries like Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company and Watts River Brewing offer traditional beers like lagers, pilsners, and pale ales that are perfect for a refreshing drink on a hot day.

Plenty of experimental brews exist for those seeking something a little more adventurous. The region is known for its farmhouse ales and sour beers, brewed using different yeasts and fermentation techniques to create unique and complex flavours. Small breweries such as Four Pillars Gin and Hop Nation Brewing Co . are perfect for those who want to try something new, with rotating selections that change each season.

If you’re a beer lover looking for something extraordinary, there are also limited-edition beers that push the boundaries of what’s possible. Breweries like Coldstream Brewery and Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse offer barrel-aged beers that are aged for months (or even years) to create rich, complex flavours worth savouring.

Bellarine Peninsula Brewery Tours

There’s no shortage of brewery tours in Melbourne, but the Bellarine Peninsula is a must-visit destination for those looking for a unique and refreshing experience. Just a short drive from Melbourne, this coastal area is home to some of the best breweries in the state and offers stunning seaside views.

One of the standout breweries on the Bellarine Peninsula is the Queenscliff Brewhouse . This converted 19th-century hotel offers a unique experience, with over 400 craft beers on tap and a menu featuring local produce. The brewery tour takes you behind the scenes to see how their award-winning beers are made, and of course, there are tastings included!

Suppose you’re interested in a more intimate experience. In that case, the Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong offers a guided tour of their facility and an exclusive tasting of their delicious craft beers. The time includes a walk through the brewery and a chance to see the brewing process, giving you a firsthand look at the care and attention that goes into each batch. The tour’s highlight is the tasting room, where you can sample some of the freshest and most delicious beers.

For those looking for a whole day trip, Bellarine Brewery Tours offers a fantastic experience that takes you to multiple breweries and includes Lunch and tastings. You’ll get to visit local breweries like Blackman’s Brewery and Flying Brick Cider Co., all while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula.

Craft Breweries of the Bellarine Peninsula

The Bellarine Peninsula is quickly becoming a hub for craft breweries, offering a taste of some of the best locally-made beers around. From the Queenscliff Brewhouse to Little Creatures and beyond, the Bellarine Peninsula has something for every beer lover.

One of the most unique breweries in the region is the Queenscliff Brewhouse. Housed in a restored 19th-century hotel, the Brewhouse is a stunning location with over 400 beers on tap. The brewery tour takes visitors behind the scenes to see how their award-winning beers are created. Guests can then enjoy a tasting to sample the diverse range of craft beers. It’s the perfect place to sit down and relax with a cold beer while taking in the beautiful views of the surrounding area.

For Those seeking a more intimate experience, Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong offers personalised tours of their facility, giving visitors an insight into the whole process and the attention that goes into each batch. This brewery is home to some of the freshest and most delicious beers, making it a must-visit for craft beer enthusiasts.

If you’re looking for a day-long adventure, Bellarine Brewery Tours is an excellent option. Their tours take you to various breweries across the Bellarine Peninsula, like Blackman’s Brewery and Flying Brick Cider Co. You can sample locally brewed beers and ciders and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The tour also includes a delicious lunch, ensuring you’re well-fed while you try out some tasty brews.

What types of breweries will I visit on the Melbourne Brewery Tours?

Our tours feature a diverse range of breweries, from small-batch craft breweries to larger production facilities. We cover the full spectrum of  Melbourne’s thriving craft beer scene, ensuring that you get to experience a variety of brewing styles and beer flavours.

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What you’ll do

It’s a scientific fact that Melbournians have nurtured the deep-seated appreciation for good craft beer, so you’ll join one such person (aka, one of our local Melbourne hosts) for a craft beer tasting experience.

You’ll be sipping on a medley of Melbourne’s finest hoppy delights from bitter IPAs to crisp and fruity Weiss in no time.

Picture, if you will, flitting between taprooms, microbreweries, hipster beer gardens, and quirky brew houses, sipping on innovative new creations like a raspberry ice-cream pale ale and bourbon barrel-aged wild cherry red ale (or keep things more traditional, if a crisp pilsner sounds more like your vibe).

Pair your brews with pizza from a retro food truck out front of one brewery (we won’t name names yet), popcorn, and other hearty grub that you can eat without putting your beer down, and you’re onto a winner.

At some breweries, you can take a tour of the place and learn about their unique brewing process, at others you’re likely to catch some live music (this is Melbourne, after all, and people know how to have a good time).

So just let us know what your favorite tipples are, what kinda vibe you’d like and we’ll take care of the rest!

Private experience, tailored to you

Matched to your ideal host

Walking tour (may use public transport)

Hosted in English (On request: French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Experience outline

  • Have a laid back, enjoyable time with a local – kicking back and learning about something we can all agree on – good beer!
  • Taste some of the best brews Melbourne has to offer as you embark on a jaunt around a few of the city’s micro-breweries, tap rooms and brew houses
  • Gain some insight into the beer-brewing process with a fascinating walk through the facilities at one brewery you could visit
  • Experience a vivacious bar-culture and music scene - as with many things in Melbourne, live music makes an appearance at some point!
  • Get recommendations from your host about other areas to explore in Melbourne and more local bars and breweries to try out during the remainder of your trip

Things to know

What’s included.

  • A totally private and personalised experience
  • 3 hours with a Host
  • 4-6 beer tastings and some classic accompanying snacks
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

Meeting point

What’s not included.

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Cancellation

Ciao Hristo, we very much enjoyed our tour of the Marais with you.

Andrea did a terrific job. Lily and I were very happy with his service. He is very knowledgeable about history, respectful and personable. Thank you. Dr Robert Nolan, and the famous CNN news correspondent Liliana Escalante from the United States.

I had a great time with Jose / Braliem Jousc for the private guided tour in Dublin! I went to submit feedback for my tour but it won’t let me. I’ll just say here that Jose was an excellent tour guide - he took me around to loads of places I would have never found myself. He was extremely patient and helped take lots of pictures of me during the tour. I would definitely recommend him and this tour to my friends! Cheers Jeff

Ai was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging. We had a lovely day in Kyoto, she quickly understood us and pivoted the plan to show us some hidden gems.

Meet our local hosts in Melbourne. One of them will tailor this experience to your wishes!

We’ll expertly match you to your best suited host based on your interests, personality and the experience vibe you’re after.

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I booked a private tour for 10 of us. We had the best time ever, it was well worth the day out. Highly recommend heading out with these guys.  Make sure you book in a distillery or 2, loved it! Big thanks to Nat for a most excellent birthday.  Cheers 🍻

We booked a private tour and chose our breweries. We loved the whole experience. The breweries were fabulous and Nick our host was great. Receiving a selection of photos from the day afterwards was a really nice touch.

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In late 2020, Nat Wilson (founder of the Bayside Beer Belt & Kingston Collective) started exploring her local bayside area and was surprised to discover how many breweries there were in such close proximity to one another.

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Get acquainted with bohemian beers, bespoke microbrews, and salacious local eats on this carb-unfriendly Melbourne walking (or is that stumbling?) tour.

  • Sip on beers and discover the tastes and flavours behind Melbourne’s beer scene
  • Chow down on some of our favourite local eats
  • Mix with locals in three of Melbourne’s coolest neighbourhood breweries
  • Learn all about Melbourne’s relationship with beer from your friendly tour guide

Local English-speaking guide, beer tastings at 3 venues, and some of our favourite beer-drinking food

Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide. Please ensure you have a Myki with enough credit ($5 AUD) to catch the train or tram out to the venue for the evening. Please contact us prior to the tour if you are unsure how to obtain one.

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At public transport, stop to get You back to the city, (Myki public transport card required for this tour)

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at https://www.urbanadventures.com/en/about-us/covid-19-customer-info

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +61 3 8672 6442.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity

beer tour melbourne

Calling all beer fanatics! Looking for the perfect beer tour in Naarm (Melbourne)? You got it. This thirst-quenching beer odyssey will take you through the best of the best on the Melbourne brew scene, experiencing craft beers that only the true Melbourne locals know about. On top of all that, you’ll learn all about the history behind Melbourne’s breweries and rising craft beer scene. Your Melbourne beer tour starts in the City Centre before we hit the tram to one of the city's coolest neighbourhoods, an area that is home to some of Melbourne’s best brewers. After an intro from your guide, you’ll head off to the first venue – no messing about on this tour, you dive right in! Whilst you sip on your first beer, you’ll learn about how the Melbourne beer scene came to be. We mix it up depending which neighbourhood we are in and where is best for the day you've booked but we will take you to three of our favourite local venues and try a variety of beers along the way. One thing is for sure, the beers are fresh and the food is tasty. After the tour you can carry on your evening with some recommendations from our local guide, or if you’re in too much of a beer coma, your guide will also be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation or public transportation back into the city.

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Brewery Tours

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Melbourne Private Brewery Tour Itineraries

Explore melbourne or head further afield to melbourne’s bayside, mornington peninsula or yarra valley..

Good Times Tours offers custom private brewery tours around Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley at an awesome price of $550 total for the day which means transport for you and your friends can be as little as $50 per person which is the best deal in town!

Tour Duration  – 1 Day

Tour Cost – $550 total which covers transport & private guide for the day (beer tastings & lunch not included) for a max of 11 guests.

Pickup  – Melbourne CBD and surrounds at 10am

Dropoff  – Approx. 6pm in the Melbourne CBD and surrounds.

Max. Guests  – 11

Enquiries  – Call Jono Ingram on 0410 341 228 or fill out the enquiry form below.

Recommended Itineraries

Inner City & Northside Loop Options –

  • Burnley Brewing – Burnley
  • Bodriggy – Abbotsford
  • Range Brewing – Abbotsford
  • Moondog OG – Abbotsford
  • The Mill – Collingwood
  • Fixation – Collingwood
  • Hawkers – Reservoir
  • Carwyn Cellars – Thornbury
  • Tallboy & Moose – Preston
  • Co-conspirators Brewpub – Brunswick
  • Hop Nation – Footscray

Southside Loop Options

  • Westside Ale Works – South Melbourne
  • Colonial Brewing – Port Melbourne
  • Brewmanity – South Melbourne
  • Ramblers Ale Works – Hawthorn
  • Deeds Brewing – Glen Iris

Bayside Craft Beer Safari

  • 2 Brothers Brewery – Moorabbin
  • Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall – Moorabbin
  • Bad Shepherd Brewing – Cheltenham
  • Mr Banks Brewery – Seaford
  • Dainton Family Brewery – Carrum
  • Boatrockers Brewers & Distillers – Braeside
  • Wolf of The Willows – Mordialloc
  • KAIJU Beer Brewery (close-by and can be included in itinerary) 

Lots of breweries have opened up Bayside over the past few years which justifies a dedicated itinerary just for exploring these breweries. Also the option to include Deeds Brewing in Glen Iris for groups who are departing from the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Alternatively we can also visit Colonial Brewing, Westside Ale Works in Port Melbourne and the newly opened Brewmanity in South Melbourne. Take a closer look at the Bayside Craft Beer Safari tour here.

Yarra Valley Craft Beer & Cider Mission

  • Hop Hen Brewery – Lilydale
  • Coldstream Brewery – Coldstream
  • Watts River Brewery – Healesville
  • Matilda Bay Brewpub – Healesville
  • Hargraeves Hill Brewery – Yarra Glen
  • St Ronan’s Cidery – Healesville
  • Napoleone Cider – Coldstream

Plenty of solid breweries to explore on the way to and in the Yarra Valley an hour east of Melbourne. For gin and spirits lovers we can also easily include a trip to Four Pillars and Alchemy Distillers which are both located in Healesville.

Mornington Peninsula Craft Beer Excursion

  • Tar Barrel Brewery & Distillery – Mornington
  • Jetty Road Brewery – Dromana
  • Red Hill Brewery – Red Hill
  • Stomping Ground Brewery – Moorabbin

There are plenty of options on the way down to the Peninsula and the Dromana Industrial Estate is hope to Mr Little Cider, Jimmy Rum Distillery, Bass & Flinders Gin Distillery and an urban cellar door called Rhino Tiger Bear. If you want to go further down the Peninsula, there is St Andrew’s Brewery, Harts Farm Cider and Escape Brewing. Take a closer look at the Mornington Peninsula Craft Beer Tour here

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co in Cheltenham

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us on any of the platforms below.

[email protected]

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Jono Ingram – 0410 341 228 or  @jonoingram

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Yarra Valley Brewery Tour

Beautiful scenery, great beer and awesome cider always ensures a great day out.  the yarra valley brewery tour offers fantastic beers to be enjoyed in an incomparable location., tour highlights.

The scenic Yarra Valley is located just 45km from Melbourne’s CBD and is one of Victoria’s leading travel destinations. A lot of this may be due to the regions long association with wine, but at Melbourne Brewery Tours we think it’s time for the Yarra Valley to also become one of Victoria’s leading beer destinations. The same dedication to high-quality craftsmanship that has made the Yarra Valley a world famous wine region also extends to the area’s beer and cider producers. Our job is to get you into the best and most exciting venues so you can relax and enjoy their beer!

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Example Tour Itinerary

Pick up address and time to be confirmed – Approx 9.30am CBD

Watts River Brewhouse

Watts River Brewing is the brainchild of two families of avid and enthusiastic brewers. Their unwavering passion lies in the creation of top-notch beer that’s meant to be relished by all. These brewing enthusiasts proudly call the Yarra Valley home and have drawn their inspiration and name from the picturesque Watts River, which meanders through the heart of Healesville.

Coldstream Brewery Pub

One of the first breweries in the valley. Taste your way through a paddle of pilsner, ales and crisp apple cider from the brewery. The mantra behind Coldstream is ‘taking the time to do what you want to do.’ With such great beer on offer, you’ll never want to do anything else but sit back and relax with a brew.

Dainton Brewery at The Public Brewery Croydon

While our atmosphere may evoke nostalgia, The Public Brewery is, in fact, a dynamic, forward-looking, small batch micro-brewery with a strong commitment to sustainability. Our secret? We harness the power of the sun – that’s right, Public Brewery beers are 100% solar-powered. Prepare to be dazzled by our exceptional and award-winning brews, or opt for our approachable, sessionable styles. And for those who prefer something different, we offer an enticing array of local wines and spirits. To top it all off, our menu boasts mouthwatering burgers and delectable share plates that will make your taste buds sing.

Drop off- Location of your choice.  

We also visit other great venues in the area including: Hop Hen , Four Pillars Gin , and Morgans Distillery .

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The Minor Details

  • We recommend you indulge in a big breakfast before touring as a beer or two on an empty stomach is never a good thing.
  • Due to the nature of beer tasting and Melbourne Brewery Tour’s relaxed nature, we don’t run military precise tours, rather we have an organic tour where you can buy an extra beer or ask 1001 questions to the brewer.  That’s why we don’t have exact times on our Itinerary.
  • Please note that you will be visiting work sites and must under law wear wear closed-top shoes (no thongs or sandals) as a safety requirement.
  • Our price includes everything – tasting sessions, a gourmet lunch, transport & guide.  Should you wish to purchase extra beer along the way, make sure you bring some cash.
  • Drinking beer by yourself can be harmful to your social skills, so bring your friends. We can accommodate between 2 – 24 people.
  • Due to popularity, Melbourne Brewery Tours are in high demand, so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Pick Up Locations

St. Pauls Cathedral (opposite Federation Square) or another agreed CBD location.

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Concerns over match payments in AFL Victoria country football leagues

A tired, quiet group of footballers walks off the ground with their heads down. Charlton has lost by 104 points and no-one has the energy to analyse the match or even commiserate.

As they walk into the clubrooms, one player says to the coach, "You just got to be positive."

But it's hard to stay positive when you're yet to win a game 12 weeks into the season and you're languishing on the bottom of the ladder.

Despite their on-field struggles and being a small rural town of just 1,000, a loud crowd of hundreds has gathered at the Charlton Recreation Reserve to watch football on a sunny winter afternoon in Northern Victoria.

a guy looking serious in conversation, with hands on hips looking to the left

The dominant team, the Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers, is second on the North Central Football League ladder.

The Navy Blues had braced for a big defeat but that didn't make it sting less.

During the third quarter, spectators stand near a fire and a "beer ute", watching and drinking.

An onlooker shrieks, "45 grand for that?" when a Sea Lake player misses.

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He was referring to rumours of the amount opposition players are paid to be on the field.

It reflects an underlying distrust and belief held by the Charlton community — and many in country Victoria — that small country clubs are increasingly unable to compete with clubs that can afford to pay their senior players big money.

Sealake-Nandaly Football Netball Club president Ivan Tait said the club was not paying a player $45,000 a season, which would equate to $2,500 a game.

"All player declarations and salary cap figures are private and confidential," he said.

"Like every club, we are required to submit these figures into AFL Central Victoria at the start of the season."

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Paying under the table

Senior community football players and coaches are paid per game, with the amounts being tightly held secrets by clubs.

AFL Victoria brought in salary caps in 2016, which impose a limit of how much each club can spend on players.

They range from $30,000 in the Omeo League in the state's east to $130,000 in Northern Victoria.

Rumours turned to reality when the Wangaratta Magpies were caught having breached their salary cap in 2022.

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They were stripped of their Ovens and Murray Premiership, lost four premiership points, and were fined the amount of the breach — $28,000.

AFL Victoria has since vowed to crack down on salary cap breaches and recently audited 118 grand finalists, with four clubs caught breaching the cap last year.

Country football remains rife with unsubstantiated rumours that clubs are paying players with cash, prams, or even phoney jobs to get around the salary cap.

Charlton FNC president Kris Dixon said increasing payments were threatening his club's future.

"When you're trying to recruit from a similar area, it's hard when they could go half an hour up the road and get paid three or four times more," he said. 

"It's been happening for a while, but it's getting worse."

'Evil' player payments

Sixty kilometres north-west of Melbourne, the Gisborne Football Netball Club has benefited from the capital's urban sprawl.

It has long been at the top of the Bendigo Football Netball League ladder.

The club has won a senior's football premiership and an A-grade netball premiership in the past two years after years spent rebuilding its finances.

Club vice-president Tony Brancatisano said he wanted the competition to be fairer and wanted to see "evil" player payments banned.

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"Even if we put a moratorium on it for three years," Mr Brancatisano said.

"Instead of paying players, put the money back into the club. It's destroying clubs."

Former Heathcote District Football Netball League chair Peter Cole said he had hundreds of conversations with people about suspected salary cap breaches during his six years in the role but never substantiated any of those claims.

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"We were told a player was getting his house restumped at a cost of $20,000 as a payment … it turned out to be a concrete house," he said.

"You hear stories of cows in the paddock for players … but no-one will tell you what they're getting."

Money is 'manageable'

AFL Victoria says there are 920 clubs with more than 8,700 teams playing across 85 Victorian football netball leagues.

It says a club has merged or folded every year since 2000.

In the state's north, the Quambatook Football Netball Club folded in 2022. 

Average winning margins per game are 80–100 points in some leagues, with struggling teams getting smashed every week . 

Young male football players look defeated, sitting in clubrooms, after playing

The four out of 118 clubs found to breach their caps were Outer East clubs Alexandra and Emerald, Mooroopna in the state's north, and Robinvale-Euston on the Murray River.

They were all fined for the breaches, with Alexandra receiving the highest penalty — a $40,000 fine and the loss of four premiership points.

Emerald was fined $8,000, while Mooroopna was fined $25,500.

In the Sunraysia Football Netball League, Robinvale-Euston was fined $15,000, had 12 premiership points taken away and its president was banned from holding office at any AFL-affiliated club for 12 months. 

AFL Victoria head Greg Madigan said player payments were not out of control, with the player points system proving an effective equalisation measure.

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"We're constantly reviewing it," he said.

"We talk to clubs each year. 

"There is the ability for leagues to make exceptions for clubs that need extra points and extra salary cap.

"I think it's working really well."

The player points system prevents clubs from recruiting a group of former AFL players or top-tier players from other leagues. 

It is based on a three-point system that allocates each player a point based on where they've played.

Mr Madigan said the AFL wanted to help prevent clubs from folding but some were inevitable.

"History's shown that it's inevitable that clubs fall away, towns close … we're not always able to help, but we're certainly willing to," he said.

Calls for change

Mr Cole wants the AFL to implement a new player points system that would take points and money away from top clubs and give more points and money to the bottom clubs to try to even up competitions.

"Something has to be done, otherwise the top clubs will be playing themselves," he said.

"The way we're going at the moment, it's a slow death.

"The struggling clubs won't be here in three or four years' time."

a photo of a man looking out at a football ground, with a grandstand in the background

Mr Madigan said it was up to each individual league if they wanted to make changes.

"We don't get involved as such … generally it's a local decision by local people in that league," he said.

He said the best thing struggling clubs could do was focus on building their juniors.

"They talk about buying premierships and two years later they're on their knees because they've not built a club around the sport," he said.

football player in navy blues uniform warming up

Clubs search for solutions

Charlton chippie Jed Thompson won't reveal how much he is getting paid by his local club where he has played with his mates for the past 16 years.

He has had offers to play for other clubs, for double, or even triple the money, but said he turned them down.

"[The money] hasn't really interested me too much," the 23-year-old said.

"It's the mateship. In a small community town, you come here and everyone's here."

In Charlton, a girl in pigtails bounces a netball towards the canteen while a boy carries a football around.

The four volunteers in the canteen work like a well-oiled machine, not stopping for a minute of respite during the three games of football as they fulfil an endless stream of soup, pie, chip, and donut orders.

"It's all homemade," a volunteer said proudly of the two types of soup.

a young, blonde boy in charlton hockey uniform holds a bucket of chips

But despite the energy and laughter, it has been a tough few years for the Charlton community.

Tragically, they have lost two young people, a parent, and two life members.

Residents say the club becomes even more vital for the community in tough times.

During a recent Charlton home game dedicated to the memory of 20-year-old netballer Maddi Fitzpatrick, who died of cancer earlier this year, a special moment encapsulated the importance of the club.

a photo of a netballer standing with a netball

Maddi's brother, 17-year-old Elliott, kicked his first goal in senior football.

Dozens of footballers ran at him from all angles, some from the backline, for a celebratory hug.

The team, which is losing by 100 points at this point, hug and celebrate like they never have before.

Parents on the sidelines shake their heads and cry.

"The way we celebrated that goal, that's what football clubs are about," senior coach Mitch Collins said in his post-game debrief to the team.

"Today is more than just a game of football, it's about that family. 

"It's about community."

a photo of a man standing in front of football oval

Local business owner Bernard "Benno" Catherine is walking into the function room, beer in hand, as the sun goes down when he sums it up best.

"Win, lose or draw, we'll fill that dining room up with more than 200 people every Saturday night," he said.

"We're a very tight-knit community that supports everyone, 100 per cent.

"You can't buy that."

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