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Laneways of Melbourne

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icon2 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Make the most of your visit to Melbourne with a laneways walking tour led by an informative guide. Check out the laneways with a local to find tucked-away art galleries, vibrant street art, and interesting shops and cafes. You'll also stop for tastings of macarons and coffee, and learn about Melbourne’s history, architecture and cultural hotspots. Your small-group tour is limited to 10 people, which ensures a more customized experience.
  • Walking tour of the laneways of Melbourne
  • Get the inside scoop on the most interesting spots in the laneways
  • Stop for tastings of coffee and macarons
  • See vibrant street art and galleries in the laneways
  • Travel with a small-group maximum of 10 people that allows for a more intimate tour
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St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne , Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Meeting outside St Paul’s Cathedral, cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne - on the front walkway of the church between main Flinders St entrance and the side door on Swanston St. (See the area immediately below the west spire of the church behind the corner power pole in the picture attached: StPaulsside.jpg).

10:00 AM
Melbourne , Melbourne VIC, Australia

We dont have a specific end point as all of our tours are customised to the interests of those on tour. We do finish in the central business district.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible on a private tour only; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MELTours
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 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.

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star-5
Great guide, great walk. Loved it.
Anne_S
, Jun 2022
Great guide, brought Melbourne to life. The tour doesn't travel a great distance but covers a lot about Melbourne it's history and its people. Highly recommended. Looking forward to next Melbourne trip and another walk.
star-5
A Melbourne Morning
Ian_S
, May 2022
It was a wonderful 2.5 hours. San, our guide, was superb and it was an indulgence to be his only party members on this tour. We had a similar experience in Lisbon. St Paul’s Melbourne was worth a visit with its hanging and spinning ‘balloon’, an astronaut’s view of an Anglican interior or is it the whole world within the Anglican Church. San provided a superb history of Melbourne and the cathedral from many vistas. I knew much of it but not all. The Indigenous background appealed particularly. Then to the lanes and street art. Breathtaking in many places. Finally to the Art Deco of the precinct. We were within a square kilometre and walked about 7-8 kilometres. That means the journey was compact. San is superb and when we accidentally ran into the redoubtable Merv Hughes with whom San works, Merv looked at me and remarked re San “He never shuts up!”. Right Merv, maybe, but I guarantee what he says is absorbingly interesting. I must add that the arrangements were easily done, the connection easy. Three hours well spent and I rested for the rest of the day! All well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Ian_S, Many thanks for your great review, San is a passionate guide who loves sharing his vast knowledge of all things Melbourne. We're really pleased you enjoyed your MELTours Laneways of Melbourne Tour. Best regards, The MELTours Team
star-4
Just look up
Jacqueline_J
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging . It’s interesting what you can see when you just look up past street level . New places were explored and lots of historic facts learned . I would recommend .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Jacquel, Yes it certainly is amazing what is above eye level and sometimes it takes spending time with a great guide like San to realise this. Thank you for the review and your recommendation. Best wishes, The MELTours Team
star-5
Hidden gems to be found
Alisa_F
, Apr 2022
A wonderful and informative walk learning all sorts of fascinating history . Cathy was delightful and very accommodating. Highly recommend this walking tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Alisa_F, Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour with Kathy and learned more about Melbourne from her. She certainly has a great knowledge of her home town. Best wishes from the team at MELTours
star-5
interesting and fun tour
Katherine_G
, Jan 2022
learning about the history, the architecture and the culture of the city. I enjoyed the laneways and stories. San was an excellent guide.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Katherine, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your tour with San. Many thanks for your review. Best wishes, The MELTours Team
star-5
Laneway cafes
Shawn_S
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide Kathy was very pleasant informative and would recommend her highly! Thanks again great day and tour guide
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Shawn, Thank you for your recommendation - we are glad you enjoyed your tour. Kathy is very knowledgeable about her hometown and passionate about about sharing her knowledge. All the best with your future discoveries! Best wishes from the team at MELTours
star-5
Highly recommend
Jackie_B
, Dec 2021
Very knowledgeable guide showing lots of interesting spots that I hadn't even noticed before even though I had been to Melbourne many times
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Jackie, Melbourne is full of hidden surprises and we are pleased that you manage to discover a few more on your tour with Kathy. Thank you for your feedback. Best wishes from the team at MELTours
star-5
Vibrant laneways tour a must do
Sue_P
, Dec 2021
Cathy was a fantastic guide who provided us with the history of Melbourne, great places to eat, drink and interesting information about the art work in the laneways. She was very knowledgeable and I would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Sue P - thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your tour and wish you all the best on your future discoveries. The Team from MELTours
star-5
wonderful rich experience
Susanna_P
, Jul 2021
A wonderful experience on a cold winter morning, visiting places I never would have imagined were there. Hearing stories of Melbourne and Melbourne’s history, visiting laneways, galleries, and Art Deco Buildings, immersed in the secret treasures of Melbourne city. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Susanna Many thanks for taking the time to write your great review, it is very much appreciated. We agree with you, discovering this fabulous city of Melbourne is a wonderful experience - we are really thrilled that you enjoyed it. Best wishes, The MELTours Team
star-5
Look up on the laneways tour
Susan_T
, May 2021
The guide Sam was just great, relaxed, very knowledgable and generous in his exchange of information. The walking tour took in so many points of interest and the particular one I did included a coffee stop at an iconic cafe and lunch. Wear comfy shoes, prepare for all weathers no matter what the month and get ready to be entertained and learn a lot about Melbourne. Thanks Sam!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Susan_T It's such good advice to look up in a city - a whole new perspective opens up! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your Laneways experience with San and lunch at Mr Tulk. Many thanks for your terrific review. all the best, The MELTours Team
star-5
This was excellent! I loved the...
Rohena R
, May 2017
This was excellent! I loved the tour. We learned so much and explored places we had no idea existed. Highly recommended. Allow 2.5-3 hours. Generous tour guide with lots of great stories. A map of the route traveled would have been useful in order to return to favourites later :
star-5
Wow - our tour guide Kathy was...
Robyn S
, May 2017
Wow - our tour guide Kathy was amazing, her knowledge was incredible and so our tour was fantastic! So many quirky, funky places tucked into, under and above so many small places - there is no way we would have found so many of these exciting places without our Laneways Walking Tour - 100 recommended
star-4
Fabulous tour with a very...
Rhonda M
, Feb 2017
Fabulous tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We learnt a lot of Melbourne's history as well as investigating many laneways, arcades, street art and even inside a beautiful art deco building and a church. It was so much more than just a tour of the laneways. Definitely recommended.
star-3
There was no chocolaterie or...
sue
, Feb 2016
There was no chocolaterie or chocolate tasting in the walking tour - suggest the description needs to be updated on the Viator site. The laneways were interesting and the guide was very informative

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