Secrets of Melbourne Walking Tour

Spend a few hours exploring the city centre seeing historical buildings, learning about Melbourne’s history, marvelling at street art in laneways, browsing through arcades, and exploring Chinatown. Our guides weave together a comprehensive picture about Melbourne through history and today, and all the things that make it the ‘most livable city in the world.’

  • Experience Melbourne behind the scenes – uncover unique and hidden laneways and street art
  • Learn about how Melbourne became one of the most multicultural cities in the world 
  • Understand the implications of the massive 1800’s Gold Rush here and some historic buildings and arcades erected in that period 
  • Try a real Melbourne coffee and learn why Melbourne is coffee capital of the world
  • Sip on a Melbourne beer at an authentic Aussie pub 
  • Learn about the food, music, theatre, and bars that make us one of the best cities in the world!

Try a famous Melbourne coffee within the first hour and in true Aussie fashion, end the tour with a beer. Your beer won’t be at just any old pub – it’s the oldest and most historic pub in Melbourne. While at the pub you’ll have the opportunity to ask for further recommendations for the rest of your time here in Melbourne.

FAQs

Where does the tour start?

All our tours start from Gordon Reserve, the small park just across from The Windsor Hotel

What’s your cancellation policy?

We offer full refunds with no explanation needed up to 24 hours prior to the tour’s departure

What if there’s bad weather?

In the city with four seasons in one day, we’d quickly be out of business if we cancelled due to rain. Our tours operate rain or shine, so please come prepared.

Is the tour fully accessible? 

It can be, but please contact us prior to the tour date so we can make arrangements.

Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely! This tour is ideal for families.

Where will the tour end?

Our tour finishes at a pub in the vicinity of the Old Melbourne Gaol.

After meeting your guide (look for the blue umbrella!) and group at the Gordon Reserve, get together for an introduction before beginning a journey through the history and culture of Melbourne. Start by learning about the Victorian Gold Rush and marveling at historic buildings around our start point, then get going into the city to gain a deeper understanding of what we consider the most amazing city in the world.

The exact schedule depends on the day and the guide, but you can expect to see and learn about a selection of the following: 

Gold Rush Architecture + History: Stand in awe of some historic buildings that were constructed during the Victorian Gold Rush – one of the largest in history. This time set Melbourne’s foundations for a bustling and multi-cultural city. 

Melbourne Laneways + Street Art: Perhaps one of the things Melbourne is most famous for, the small alleyways or ‘laneways’ running through the city are filled with amazing street art, hidden bars, delicious restaurants, and authentic cafes. 

Melbourne Arcades: Browse through some of the oldest arcades in Australia – but not the kind with games! Revel at some high-ceilinged, beautifully designed historic arcades which house quirky shops and restaurants.

Chinatown: Walk through one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, and make note to come back for some dumplings!

Melbourne Coffee: Stop to try an authentic Melbourne coffee on your tour! Your guide will tell you all about Australian coffee culture, then you can decide if you’d like to try a classic Aussie ‘flat white,’ ‘long black,’ or more! 

Old Melbourne Gaol: This is how they used to spell ‘jail,’ believe it or not! Wrap up your tour at the site of the execution of Australia’s most famous bush ranger, Ned Kelly.