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Melbourne: Hidden Alleyways, Ghosts and Best Instagram Spots

Melbourne: Hidden Alleyways, Ghosts and Best Instagram Spots

Your tour departs at 8.30pm, please arrive at 8.20pm for check-in outside Young & Jackson Hotel Corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street for the start of a tour that will take you back to the 19th-century and reveal some of the city’s favourite haunts. Dive down hidden lanes and past iconic landmarks, including Flinders Street Station, Hosier Lane, and Parliament House. Hear stories from when the spices of China Town masked the smoke of the opium dens. Discover poor houses and the home of the genteel who did anything necessary to advance medical science. Visit the locations of Melbourne's most tragic crimes, such as the Gun Alley murder. Try to make contact with the city’s most famous ghost, the opera singer Federici whose most dramatic performance saw him plummet to his death in front of the audience. Explore whether Jack the Ripper lurked the streets of Melbourne. Then, end the night in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown of the Western world. The tour meanders through hidden laneways and visits Melbourne's most instagrammed spots. Tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

Melbourne: History and Donuts Walking Tour

Melbourne: History and Donuts Walking Tour

Our popular History & Donuts Walking Tour will take you through some of the city's most iconic laneways, giving you a chance to explore the city's rich history and culture up close. We'll start at Federation Square, a popular gathering spot and cultural hub that is home to a variety of events and exhibitions. From there, we'll head to Hosier Lane, a famous street art hotspot where you'll see colourful murals and graffiti created by some of Melbourne's most talented artists. Next, we'll visit St Paul's Cathedral, a beautiful and historic cathedral that has stood in the heart of the city for over 150 years. You'll get a chance to explore the cathedral's stunning architecture and learn about its rich history. After that, we'll stop by the Young & Jackson's Hotel, a historic hotel that is home to the famous "Chloe" painting, which has become an iconic symbol of Melbourne. Next, we'll take a break and grab a coffee at Centre Place, a bustling pedestrian alleyway filled with trendy cafes and restaurants. From there, we'll walk down Collins Street, a fashionable shopping and dining destination that is home to some of Melbourne's most iconic buildings. Along the way, we'll pass the Mitre Tavern, a historic pub that has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 150 years. We'll then continue on to Hardware Lane, a narrow pedestrian lane that is home to a variety of cozy cafes and restaurants. Shortly aftet Hardware Lane you'll get a chance to take a break and enjoy a donut to fuel up for the second half of the tour. Next, we'll visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison that operated from 1842 to 1929. This historical site is now a museum and is home to some of the city's most famous prisoners, including Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious outlaw. From the Old Melbourne Gaol, we'll continue on to Little Lon, a historic neighborhood that was once home to Melbourne's working class and was known for its brothels and pubs. Today, the area is home to trendy restaurants and cafes. We'll then make our way to Chinatown, Melbourne's vibrant and bustling Chinese quarter. Here, you'll find an array of delicious food options and colorful streets filled with traditional Chinese lanterns and architecture. Finally, we'll end our tour at the State Library Victoria, a beautiful and expansive library that houses over 2 million books and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. This is where our tour will finish, but we recommend checking out the Library while you're here. We recommend coming on an empty stomach - there's two donuts stops and a coffee stop on this tour! * This tour usually visits the Queen Victoria Market. The market is closed Monday's and Wednesdays and we use a slightly alternate route.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour

Discover another side of Melbourne once the sun has set on a night-time food walking tour. Explore hidden alleyways and weave through the crowd to taste delicious food at three unique hole-in-the-wall diners while soaking in the revelry of the night. Make your way to Gordon Reserve to meet your friendly guide and group for the night. Immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Melbourne as you pass through the crowds and by rowdy bars. Bounce from one hole-in-the-wall diner to another and stay on your feet to enjoy a tasty bite to eat. Don't wait any time at all between ordering and eating, you'll find the perfect greasy pizza joint in the back of the bar and a dumpling house with a Mandarin menu. Settle down your meal with a refreshing beer at a local bar to finish your tour. Take the chance to socialise with your group and anyone else you meet and decide where you're off to next.

Melbourne Ghost Hunt Quest Experience

Melbourne Ghost Hunt Quest Experience

Discover Melbourne’s dark history and attractions as you explore the city by playing a quest game with your friends and family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that location is revealed to you. Discover the first train station built in Australia, learn about the story of the ghosts of the Princess Theatre and learn more about the infamous nude painting of Melbourne. Simply download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit that will allow you to go at your own pace. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller teams and compete against each other.

Melbourne: City Highlights, Suburbs & Laneways Bus Tour

Melbourne: City Highlights, Suburbs & Laneways Bus Tour

From the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, embark on a tour to locations in Melbourne that the walking tours cannot reach. Get a unique insight into what makes Melbourne so special in the company of your guides and their specially curated tour itinerary. Have plenty of opportunities for photos, and to get off the bus and get a true feel for this City. Experience the diversity of Melbourne as your local guides showcase both city highlights and vibrant suburbs. From the hustle and bustle of the city to the unique charm of its suburbs, this bus tour offers a comprehensive snapshot of Melbourne's rich culture and history. Join us for a journey that captures the essence of this dynamic city and its surrounding neighbourhoods. Start your tour with a convenient pickup form the Melbourne Arts Centre. Hop aboard your bus and experience the following highlights: • Taste authentic Melbourne coffee • St Kilda Beach and Lunar Park • A guided walkthrough of the Melbourne Laneways • See the authentic Melbourne Suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood: voted the coolest suburbs in the world • 5 of Melbourne's most notable Gardens • Witness the amazing Melbourne City skyline and Williamstown across the bay • MCG from across the Bridge • Visit the must-see destinations of Melbourne, including historic Spring Street • Queen Vic Market • Old Melbourne Gaol and State Library of Victoria

Melbourne: Street Art Scavenger Hunt Mobile Adventure Game

Melbourne: Street Art Scavenger Hunt Mobile Adventure Game

Get ready for your next Adventure. After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (Corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Street. Melbourne CBD. (just near Melbourne Central Station) Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure (there is no app to download) & you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. Select this trail to discover Melbourne’s most creative and colourful streets. On this trail you will discover one of the most impressive and talked about street art lanes in the world. You will score points, use hints where necessary, and compete against others on the live leaderboard. You can ask for help at any time during the self-guided tour. Take in the dizzying array of colours and solve clues based on the colourful art you will encounter. There are over 260 lanes and alleyways in Melbourne, all of which have a unique bustling hive of activity. Get your camera at the ready and go ahead with the Melbourne Street Art Adventure Clues challenge. Start Location - Corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Street. Melbourne CBD. (just near Melbourne Central Station) Finish Location - You’ll finish a short walk away from where you started (Melbourne Central Station). There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 2-3 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option

Melbourne: Street Art City Exploration Game

Melbourne: Street Art City Exploration Game

Embark on a quest to discover the impressive street art of Melbourne on this exploration game played on an app. Solve clues to unlock stories on your phone as you learn about well-known and underground artists and explore hidden corners of the city. The story begins with you as an orphaned, runaway teen. You’ve escaped your foster home to track down your godmother who always encouraged your art, but lost touch after your dying mother pushed everyone away. Solve challenges to see the rest of the story unfold. Start at Hosier Lane. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Walk to Melbourne’s famous works of street art such as the never enough mural, sovereignty mural, and more. Learn about the iconic murals of the CBD, Fitzroy, and Collingwood. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Enjoy an experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt. The entire game will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Melbourne: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Melbourne: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the vibrant and eclectic city of Melbourne! As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, you're about to discover the rich tapestry of culture, history, and contemporary life that makes Melbourne truly unique. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this tour is designed to immerse you in the essence of Melbourne, offering insights into its iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and captivating stories that unfold around every corner. Melbourne, often hailed as Australia's cultural capital, is a city of contrasts, where historic architecture stands alongside modern skyscrapers, and lush green parks blend seamlessly with bustling urban streets. Throughout this tour, you'll witness the dynamic blend of old and new that defines Melbourne's character, from its charming laneways adorned with street art to its grand Victorian-era buildings and innovative architectural marvels. As you explore Melbourne at your own pace, our expertly curated audio guide will serve as your companion, providing fascinating commentary and historical anecdotes that breathe life into the city's landmarks. Learn about the indigenous heritage of the land on which Melbourne now stands, delve into the city's colonial past, and uncover the stories of the diverse communities that have shaped its identity over the centuries. From the bustling waterfront of the Yarra River to the iconic Federation Square, from the vibrant neighborhoods of Fitzroy and St. Kilda to the serene tranquility of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne offers a kaleidoscope of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you're drawn to its thriving arts scene, world-class dining, or its passion for sports and entertainment, Melbourne offers something for every traveler to enjoy. Learn more about the top 20 tourist attractions in Melbourne. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Melbourne Central 2. State Library Victoria 3. Old Melbourne Gaol 4. Royal Exhibition Building 5. Melbourne Museum 6. St. Patrick's Cathedral 7. Fitzroy Gardens 8. Hosier Lane 9. St Paul's Cathedral 10. Degraves Street 11. The Block Arcade 12. Immigration Museum 13. Melbourne Skydeck 14. National Gallery of Victoria 15. Rod Laver Arena 16. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 17. Shrine of Remembrance 18. ArtVo 19. Queen Victoria Market 20. Melbourne Zoo So, put on your headphones and let the journey begin. Get ready to be enchanted by the charm of Melbourne as you navigate its streets, guided by the voices of locals, historians, and storytellers who invite you to uncover the secrets and delights of this captivating city. Whether you're wandering through its laneways, savoring its culinary delights, or simply soaking in the atmosphere of its vibrant neighborhoods, Melbourne promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and enchanted.

Lanes and Arcades Tour

Lanes and Arcades Tour

Discover the secrets and hidden treasures of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades on this small group walking tour. Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of this cosmopolitan city, see local artisans and up and coming designers and boutiques. Our team of contemporary guides will bring life to the city as they share information about the characters who shaped the city, and those who shape it today. You'll fall in love with Melbourne and realize how many secrets there are that you would have missed.

Melbourne: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Melbourne: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on an enriching journey through Melbourne with a local guide on a private walking tour. Delve into what truly makes this city shine and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere alongside a local expert who will unveil its rich history and offer insider tips for your post-tour explorations. Walk past sites including Melbournes iconic and artful Laneways, where street art abounds. See the city's bustling Chinatown, one of the oldest in the world. En route, discover how Melbourne became the richest city in the world as you walk along Gold Rush-era architectural masterpieces. Along the way, take a break for a leisurely coffee stop at your own expense, before concluding near the renowned Old Melbourne Gaol, where tales of Australia's infamous bushrangers await. At the end of the tour, follow your guide to a quintessential Australian pub, where you can relax post-tour at your leisure and savor the flavors of traditional Aussie cuisine.

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What people are saying about Hosier Lane

Overall rating

4.6
(117 reviews)

Great walking tour and orientation of Melbourne CBD! Ant was a great guide and full of knowledge about the history of the city. It was great that he added value by recommending other places that were worth a visit for their history, views, food and drink. This tour is a great pace and the coffee and donut stops are welcomed. Highly recommend if you are on a whistle stop trip to melbourne or to orientate you to decide where to explore more

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Just the right amount of walking v. eating. The restaurants were all hand picked and something out of the ordinary. We enjoyed the dumplings so much that we have had them again since and have shared the cocktail lounge location with other travellers. Simon was an AMAZING guide! A very warm, friendly and interesting fellow - his local knowledge and hospitality made the experience. Would highly recommend.

Hugo was informative, friendly & funny! He did a sensational job as tour guide and catered our experience to suit our interests. We can thoroughly recommend his tour to locals & travellers alike. 👍🏻

our guide Chloe was awesome. very knowledgeable and charismatic and made the tour extremely fun. would definitely recommend to others.

The guide, Chloe, was great very informative and letting the kids have a go with the rods was a nice touch