Complete Melbourne Walking Tour
Discover everything you need to know about Melbourne — including a classic coffee & beer — in just 3 hours.
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- 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!
Complete Melbourne Walking Tour Overview
Spend a few hours exploring the CBD, seeing historical buildings, learning about history, marveling 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 liveable city 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.
Melbourne Free Walking Tour Full Description
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:
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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.
Sip a classic Melbourne coffee
Beer at a classic Aussie pub
Friendly, professional guide
What To Bring on Your Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour
- Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day, so please come prepared! Make sure to check the weather for the whole day (trust us on this).
- Your Camera: If you’d like to take photos and make memories inside our handpicked and unique bar venues!
- A Filled Tummy: We recommend not coming on your Melbourne tour too hungry, because we have lots of walking to do! The tour concludes at a bar with food on offer.
- Money: If you wish to purchase a meal at the end of the tour.
- Comfortable/Closed-Toe Shoes: Wear shoes comfortable enough to be on your feed for 2-3 hours (with 2 breaks).
Your tour begins at Gordon Reserve (74-108 Spring St) – this is a park with a fountain and is located between the Parliament and Old Treasury Buildings.
Melbourne Hidden Bar Tour Reviews
“Our tour guide Lucy was amazing and a local girl who had so much knowledge to share with us and so enthusiastic too. We did the complete tour so a smaller group than the free one which we liked. Great way to see the city and understand the history and a great mix of cultures.”Carol B
“Hugo our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgable. The weather did it's best to put us off with rain and even hail storms. We had a cup of Melbourne coffee on the way and finished with a beer in the pub where Ned Kelly spent his last night. Hugo showed us the lanes and arcades of Melbourne, pointed out Banksies work and added detail everywhere. There were only 4 of us on the tour. Highly recommended.”antibes2005
“We enjoyed this walk a lot, it was absolutely worth the cost (we didn't do the free one, as we thought we'd get a bit more if we paid). It's more affordable than other Melbourne walks anyway. When doing a walking tour you get to see and hear so many interesting things you wouldn't otherwise see and hear. And you can get ideas about where to go back to, to explore more.”ScandanavianKiwi
“Did you know there is a AC/DC street in Melbourne? And did you know that a Long Black a Black Café Americano is? Make sure you join a tour with Amir. He is no native from Melbourne. But the way he mixes personal insight with the obvious must see highlights is refreshing.”Marc L
Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour FAQs
We cap our group size at 12 people to ensure each person has the chance to have a personalised experience with the bartenders and each other. Plus, some of our venues are too small to fit many more people inside!
Of course! We are happy to host private functions on our personalised private tours. These are 3 hours tours we tailor specifically to your group’s requirements and interests. Book a private tour here!
Expect to walk about 3km during the tour.
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Melbourne Free Walking Tour
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