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Central Melbourne Walking Tour

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

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Melbourne, Australia
Safety measures
icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s history and highlights on this entertaining 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 leads you through central Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades and fills you in on landmarks like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, and Hosier Lane.
  • 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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Experienced local guide
Complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate
current tips and recommendations
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
37 Swanston St , 37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Look for your guide at the Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne. Grab a coffee or a snack from Cathedral Coffee while you wait.

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Private Tour 1-2 persons
8/21/2021 - 6/13/2023
Monday - Friday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
3-4 Person Private Tour
8/21/2021 - 6/13/2023
Monday - Friday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fed Square , Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

The tour aims to finish at Federation Square. End point is customisable for private tours.

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 arts and music scene. 

During the walking tour, gain fresh insight into Victoria’s culturally rich capital.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Federation Square
We start at Melbourne's new meeting place
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Birrarung Marr
Walk along the Yarra River towards the sporting precinct, discuss ancient and modern settlement history of Melbourne
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
ACDC Lane
Begin exploring Melbourne's laneway culture and the changes since the 1980s
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hosier Lane
Melbourne's most active Street Art site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Centre Place
Melbourne's modern transformation took shape here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Block Arcade
Melbourne most important Arcade
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Arcade
Melbourne's oldest arcade.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
333 Collins Street
See several gold rush era commercial buildings.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Flinders Street Station
Melbourne's meeting place since 1910
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yarra River
Finish up near the Yarra River
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour or itinerary may be impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19, unfortunately last minute changes or cancellations may be necessary
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Melbourne by Foot
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Central Melbourne Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Central Melbourne Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Central Melbourne Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Central Melbourne Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Central Melbourne Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Central Melbourne Walking Tour.

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  • "A little heavy on the narrative at the beginning but it turned out to be helpful - once we hit streets with the various names of historical figures, we knew who they were and how they fit into Melbourne's history." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Enjoyable tour
Anita_G
, Mar 2020
Very good tour, not sure of our guide's name, Dave (?) I believe. A little heavy on the narrative at the beginning but it turned out to be helpful - once we hit streets with the various names of historical figures, we knew who they were and how they fit into Melbourne's history. Really enjoyed Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane, the various alleyways, and the arcades. Very good tour.
star-5
The architecture of Federation Square, art on the laneways
Lori_C
, Feb 2020
We joined the walking tour with Erica in Federation Square and from there toured the waterfront, laneways arcades and streets of CBD. Erica was passionate and knowledgeable about Melbourne and having a small group of 8 allowed us to ask questions. Thoroughly enjoyable intro to Melbourne. Highly recommend.
star-5
Highly Recommended!
Vivien_K
, Jan 2020
It was very thoughtful of the Tour to change the time of our tour due to an extreme hot day plus poor air quality. Thank you.
star-4
Walking Tour
debMish
, Jul 2019
Chris was very informative. The walk was leisurely yet encompassed all the main attractions for future reference. We had a nice coffee stop too. Groups was very small so easy to ask questions. I like that this group gives you a list of recommendations as well as a map of where we went so I cangoback.
star-5
Excellent
Melanie_M
, Mar 2019
Dave our tour guide was engaging and very knowledgeable. Great to have insight into the history of the city .
star-5
Excellent walking tour!
Tom B
, Mar 2019
Our guide was excellent. We spent four hours getting a overview of the history, unique lane ways with a insightful guide
star-5
Exactly what you require on a walking tour
John_H
, Feb 2019
We did the tour with Chris, great knowledge of all the areas of Melbourne we visited and more. Having lived and worked in the city for many years he was able to show us places and buildings we would not have done or noticed on our own. Throughout he tried to keep us away from any large tourist groups, so we could view and listen to his explanations without any hassle, even to the extent of finding shady areas on a very hot day ! His knowledge of the financial areas gave us the opportunity to visit a must if you visit the city, the ANZ bank, some odd but the interior is a fantastic sight and Chris took us to areas we felt sure another walking tour wouldn't have.
star-5
The tour was amazing! Our walking...
Tatiana_P
, Mar 2018
The tour was amazing! Our walking guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the city that we could have not learned by just walking around. The tour is balanced, walking isn’t too much, as we were stopping and getting info on various places. We also had one 15 min free coffee/drink stop.
star-5
Chris was very knowledgeable and...
Roger B
, Mar 2018
Chris was very knowledgeable and very amusing. A great way to see and understand the history of several of the main features of Melbourne. Fun afternoon. I highly recommend. We took tour in mid February.
star-5
It was really informative and our...
Gwendolyn_L
, Mar 2018
It was really informative and our family enjoyed it tremendously! Dave was really accommodative and really helpful, witty and definitely gave us little nuggets of information many locals would not know as well. Not too intense of a tour, just the right amount of walking and duration.
star-5
Great tour. Saw areas that we would...
Dale P
, Mar 2018
Great tour. Saw areas that we would not have otherwise seen, and Steve always had interesting anecdotes to make them come alive.
star-5
This is an excellent introductory...
Barry S
, Feb 2018
This is an excellent introductory tour of central Melbourne with lots of history and lots of walking. We actually took this same walking tour four years ago -- liked it so much that we did the repeat -- to relearn things and see new things the lanes in Melbourne are a living changing thing. It is a pretty heavy walking tour so folks with walking issues need to be aware of this. Our guide was excellent funny and informative. I'd recommend this tour for any first time and perhaps some second time visitors like us visitors.
star-4
It was informative but the pace of...
Robin L
, Feb 2018
It was informative but the pace of the walk was way to slow. A smaller group would have been better.
star-4
It was a good overview of the Cental...
Ignatius C
, Feb 2018
It was a good overview of the Cental Business District of Melbourne. We learned and saw street arts, cafes, the Federation Center, etc. Along the way, we learned interesting historic facts about Melbourne. Our guide, Erica, did a good job. It was a 3.5 hours well spent. make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hats, and carry some drinking water if you are doing this tour in hot weather.
star-5
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide was...
Carrie L
, Dec 2017
Wonderful tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the sitting. There weren't too many options for tours, but we wanted to learn some of the background of Melbourne. This tour exceeded our expectations. We viewed beautiful graffiti walls and different alleyways. There was time to take pictures without feeling rushed. Which was great. This is a small company and the owners really care about giving guests a great experience. Highly, highly recommend,
star-5
Tour guide Chris is so knowledgeable...
Liz D
, Dec 2017
Tour guide Chris is so knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Melbourne.Amazing tour.
star-5
This was superb, great tour guide and...
Bernadette R
, Sep 2017
This was superb, great tour guide and excellent fun
star-5
I had a great time and learned a lot...
Jack L
, Jul 2017
I had a great time and learned a lot about the history and changes of Melbourne. Chris was a passionate and knowledgeable guide and even treated the group to a nice coffe midway through the tour. Time and money well spent and I would recommend the tour.
star-5
Chris was brilliant, knew everything...
Samantha D
, Jun 2017
Chris was brilliant, knew everything and all the wee hiding places. Excellent pace, loved the street art and really felt like I saw way more of Melbourne doing this tour.
star-3
To be honest, the walking tour was...
Melissa Q
, May 2017
To be honest, the walking tour was not really my cup of tea. The guide was very detailed on the history and I think it was maybe a little too much information. I think what I was looking for was a wider range city tour.

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