Overview of Melbourne's vibrant & lively pedestrian laneways
Cool, tucked-away bars, stylish boutiques & chic eateries
Tales & stories from the laneways' Victorian-era past
Friendly local guide offers an insider's look at the city
Personalised, small-group tour with a maximum of 10 people
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided walking tour of Melbourne
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Leave the orderly grid of central Melbourne behind and lose yourself in the pedestrian alleys and shop-lined arcades of the city's art-adorned laneways. A local leads the way from hole-in-the-wall eateries to edgy studios as you soak up the culture and personality of these famed passages.
Built in the Victorian era to allow service access for horses and carts between city blocks, Melbourne's laneways are the hub of the city's vibrant art, food, style and nightlife scenes. Hundreds of these tucked-away walkways riddle the city's otherwise organised layout, so no 2 tours are exactly the same. Trek alongside your intrepid local guide as you stroll by al fresco cafés, chic bars and fantastic examples of graffiti and street art from international and Australian artists.
As you walk, you might pop into a favourite bakery to sample delicate macaroons or nibble delectable speciality chocolates. Your guide offers a real insider's perspective on Melbourne's definitively cool vibe with stories about the historic laneways. Learn about the annual festivals that celebrate the small businesses and eclectic designers that help keep the laneways buzzing and pick up tips on the best restaurants and boutiques to come back to later in your trip.
Each laneway has its own personality and particular charm, from the elegant Block Arcade, with its mosaic floors and glass canopy, to ACDC Lane, named after the rock 'n' roll band and home to edgy bars and concert venues. This behind-the-scenes look at Melbourne's colourful, arty city centre scene is the perfect introduction to Australia's cultural capital.