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Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour

By MEL Tours
Free cancellation available
2h 30m
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Highlights

  • 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

  • What's included

    Guided walking tour of Melbourne

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 12 and younger are not allowed. Children aged 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs.

  • At least 3 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Maximum group size is 10 people.

  • Tour stops vary.

  • From Tuesday to Saturday, the tour begins at 10 AM. The tour begins at 10:15 AM on Sunday and 2 PM on Monday.

  • The tour ends at the Manchester Unity Building on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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.

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Activity Location

  • Melbourne

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • St Paul's Cathedral North-east Corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets
  • Melbourne Victoria 3000
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