Each city has its own secrets – whether it’s that quaint restaurant hidden down an alleyway, or an inspiring cultural precinct known only to the locals in the area. Often the way to best way to discover these unique landmarks is to take a walk off the beaten path: you never know what hidden gem you may stumble across!
Melbourne is one such gem that offers those on a walking tour a true glimpse into the heart of the city. With a rich sporting and cultural history, Melbourne has much more to offer than a great cup of coffee. From historic landmarks to rich artistic prowess, Victoria’s capital is one that demands to be walked.
Here are three lesser-known sights it’s worth seeing while traversing the city on a Melbourne walking tour:
Finishing our free Melbourne tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
1. Old Melbourne Gaol
Now a museum, the Old Melbourne Gaol was, between 1842 and 1929, a prison which housed notorious criminals including Ned Kelly. The prison is Victoria’s oldest surviving penal establishment and attracts up to 140,000 visitors per year to gaze upon the death masks of some of those who were executed at the gaol. It is located on Russell Street and is easily accessible from the city centre.
Luna Park in St Kilda
2. Luna Park
Located in St Kilda, Luna Park is an amusement park which has been operating for over 100 years! It includes the Scenic Railway, a rollercoaster which has been there from the park’s establishment and which is now recognised as the oldest continually operating coaster on the planet.
Our tour on Rutledge Lane
3. Rutledge Lane
One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets, Rutledge Lane is located behind Hosier Lane and, at first glance, it might not look like much. But take another look and you’ll soon see what amounts to an open air art gallery, with colourful graffiti adorning almost every surface. Visit at night for the best photograph opportunities!
Interested in walking Melbourne and discovering some more hidden gems? Get in touch with us here at Walks 101. We organise a range of walking tours around the city – many of them for free!