Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

This small group Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour provides the unique opportunity to explore one of the world’s most renowned Art Deco cities with an expert guide. As well as encountering a host of magnificent period buildings, you’ll learn so much about the history and culture of the elegant Art Deco era. This tour is suitable for anyone with an interest in Melbourne’s vibrant urban history.

Pricing & Dates

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☆ Enjoy a guided walk led by renowned author Robin Grow

☆ Visit the city’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings

☆ Learn more about Art Deco design influences and construction methods, and how to recognise the Art Deco style

☆ Maximum group size: 8-10.


☆ Guided small group walking tour

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable guide

☆ Expert commentary

☆ Comprehensive itinerary that includes several key buildings from the Art Deco period.

What you can expect

This Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour begins in the city centre, where you’ll meet your expert guide Robin Grow – author of the award-winning book Melbourne Art Deco. Here you’ll see the wonderful Manchester Unity building on the corner of Collins and Swanston Street – one of the city’s best examples of Art Deco architecture.

Accompanied by Robin’s fascinating commentary, your Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour group will visit a number of buildings from the period around the CBD, and learn how Melbourne’s centenary in 1934 gave the city the impetus to sustain a six-year building boom that transformed the urban landscape.

While exploring some of the most famous Art Deco buildings in the city, including the celebrated Majorca building, Robin will explain their unique features (such as the self-cleaning terracotta tiles) and the origins of the highly distinctive geometric patterning.

Throughout this Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour you’ll compare the design styles of various buildings from the period, and learn how many of Art Deco’s design elements were actually derived from ancient cultures!

Important information

This tour has one central CBD meeting point: Manchester Unity Building, which is easily accessible by public transport. Once your booking is completed, a confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. While we try to ensure the accuracy of the information on this booking page, please check your booking confirmation document for the confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

Minimum numbers are required for this tour to operate, and there is a possibility of cancellation if there are not enough participants to meet requirements. If this happens, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.

Please wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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