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Published November 1st 2018
Everybody needs good neighbours
Okay, I have to admit that I was a fan of Neighbours for many years. I had watched cricket being played on 'Ramsay Street', the high school dramas at Erinsborough High School and plot lines developing at the iconic Lassiters complex. So when my friend suggested joining her on the Neighbours Tour, I couldn't resist.
Neighbours is one of Australia's much loved soap operas and has been gracing our television screens since 1985. Neighbours currently airs 6.30pm weeknights on Channel 11.
Two tours are available, the Official Ramsay Street Tour with star meeting and the Official Neighbours Ultimate Tour with 'Exclusive Access'. The Official Ramsay Street Tour departs Monday to Friday while the Ultimate Tour takes place on a Saturday and includes a visit to the studios.
Both tours are operated by Bunyip Tours and depart from the Bunyip Tour Office on Flinders Street.
We opted for the Ultimate Tour. As we were departed the city, we engaged in Neighbours trivia, contemplated future plot lines and we were transported back to the 1980's as we watched Scott and Charlene tie the knot. Our guide was wonderful. Having worked on the set, our questions were answered with ease.
Our first stop was 'Ramsay Street'. Filmed in Pin Oak Court in Vermont South, this famous cul-de-sac brought back many memories. Although I watched years ago, and the characters have changed, the houses have remained the same. Visiting on a Saturday was advantageous as no filming was occurring and we had street access.
If you're participating on a weekday tour, you may be lucky enough to see filming in progress.
Most of the filming occurs in this street, and the Global Television Studios located in Forest Hill, our next location for the day. On our way there, we passed the 'Erinsborough High School'.
As we stepped into fictional 'Erinsborough', the show came to life. We were guided through the university, police station, community garden and Lassiters complex. It was surreal walking past the lake, Grease Monkeys and Harold's store, where many actors have walked before.
If an actor is unavailable, a $10 refund will be issued or you can re-book for free (subject to availability).
The Official Ramsay Street Tour with star meeting departs Monday to Friday between October and April and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between May until September. The tour costs $59 for an adult and $50 for a child.
The Official Neighbours Ultimate Tour with 'Exclusive Access' costs $85 for an adult and $70 for a child.
Tours depart seasonally between 10am - 11am and returns between 12-pm and 2pm.
This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours in this fun tour!