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Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s history and highlights with this entertaining, 3-hour walking tour. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlers and how the city transitioned from a 19th-century port town to Victoria’s modern capital. Your local guide will lead you through central Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades and fill you in on landmarks like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

Highlights

  • Cultural city walking tour in Melbourne
  • Visit the famous laneways and arcades of the Melbourne CBD
  • Learn about the city’s diverse history and culture
  • Discover the sporting fever that grips the Melbourne year round
  • See parks, the Yarra River and civic spaces

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What You Can Expect

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

Flinders Street Station

Spend an afternoon discovering the hidden gems and larger-than-life attractions of central Melbourne. Meet up with your local guide at the modern architectural expanse of Federation Square. Here, near the banks of the winding Yarra River, get an introduction to the layout and history of the city. Learn about the political events and patterns of immigration that helped create Melbourne’s distinct and diverse culture. 

Explore the city’s photogenic laneways and arcades, where the aroma of coffee and fresh-baked goods wafts through a labyrinth of charming cafés and shops. Admire the vibrant street art that adorns many alleyways in the modern metropolis, which is home to a thriving artistic and music scene. 

No tour of Melbourne is complete without mention of sports. The city’s athletic impulse is on display at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena and other venues that host internationally adored sporting competitions like the Australian Open and the Melbourne Cup.

During the 3-hour walking tour, you’ll cover about 2.5 miles (4 km) and gain fresh insight into Victoria’s culturally rich capital.

Customer Reviews

Kathleen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommended! I'm really glad I did this given the short amount of time I had to experience Melbourne. I saw buildings, lanes and arcades I probably wouldn't have stumbled upon if left to my own devices. Tons of great Kodak moments and I learned a lot about the history and architecture of Melbourne. Very informative!

Steven B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Have been to Melbourne many times but this was the first time we did the walking tour. Chris was outstanding and so knowledgable. His passion for the city shone through on a drizzly Melbourne day. I recommend it to all visitors.

Linda K Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour , our guide Chis was very knowledgeable, it was a great way to learn about Melbourne and its history, very enjoyable.

Stephanie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I booked this in an effort to push through the jetlag on my first day in Melbourne and it was fantastic. For a modern city there plenty of history to learn. Graffiti sites are brilliant and our guide was so helpful in making recommendations for the rest of your time there

rhodessj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome way to learn Melbourne highlights

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable tour, we saw and visited place/things we never would have seen without a guided walking tour. Our guide Chris was really interesting and had a vast knowledge of all things 'Melbourne'. I would thoroughly recommend doing this tour on the first day of a trip to Melbourne, then heading back to investigate the interesting little arcades and laneways that intrigued.

Wendy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I have done a number of walking tours in different places and find them a great way to find out more about a location. This was another such experience and I was able to learn about the history of the areas we walked through with certain features identified that the casual eye may not have noticed. Chris was able to share info re Melbourne past and present and with the speed of turnover in the street art in the Laneways even he was treated to something new! He was able to keep diverse interests tweaked from the different folks on the tour. Thanks, Chris for an enjoyable few hours. :

Laraine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Despite a cloudy afternoon, threatening rain, we had a wonderfully paced tour covering so many aspects of Melbourne. With a great mixture of history, culture, architecture and the changing scenes of Melbourne, we were assisted to see a lot more than we had ever perceived. we appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas as we walked.

Carol S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic well coordinated yours with a knowledgeable guide and a spectacular look at the city! I would highly recommend to anyone.

Macauley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing! The tour guide was very informative, really recommend doing this trip at the beginning of your trip to Melbourne as you then know the ins and outs of where to go! Chris, our guide was absolutely fantastic!

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