Take a relaxed stroll with a knowledgeable local guide on this wonderful small group tour. With an emphasis on culture and history, this experience is the perfect introduction to the Victorian capital. The tour covers the city's famous street art scene, laneways, and period architecture.

AUD $50pp

Melbourne Culture and History Walking Tour
Runs: Monday to Saturday
Departs at: 1pm
Departs from: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘What an awesome way to get a feel for the city! Chris, our guide, clearly lives and breathes Melbourne’s inner city vibe. He took us on such a fun and informative exploration of little nooks, crannies, laneways, arcades and hidden passages that even I, a not-so-big-city-girl, started to see the charm of this quirky and bustling metropolis. Definitely recommended!’ Sabine

Tour highlights

  • Get a broad introduction to Melbourne’s history and culture
  • Learn about the city’s Aboriginal heritage and early European settlement
  • Discover how the Gold Rush transformed the Victorian capital
  • Explore the inner city’s laneways and arcades
  • See examples of notable architecture across the CBD
  • Maximum group size: 15.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Engaging commentary
  • Plenty of tips for attractions, galleries, museums and places to eat to return to during your stay
  • Coffee, tea or hot chocolate at a trendy laneway cafe.

Pricing

Adults/children: AUD $50pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. There is no charge for children under the age of three.

What you can expect

This Melbourne Culture and History Walking Tour starts in Federation Square — one of the city’s best-known (and most controversial!) landmarks. After meeting your friendly local guide and the rest of your small group, you’ll head off along the Yarra River and hear about the city’s fascinating Indigenous heritage.

Next, this Melbourne Culture and History Walking Tour covers a number of significant sites relating to European settlement, the Victorian Gold Rush, and the waves of immigration that shaped the city’s cultural make-up throughout the 20th century.

From there, the tour takes a sharp turn into the present. You’ll explore the city’s vibrant contemporary culture by delving deep into the maze of laneways and arcades that crisscross the CBD. Visit a number of popular street art sites (you may even see street artists in action) and sample the café culture that gives Melbourne its heart (a hot drink at a cool laneway cafe is included in the cost of your tour).

For an engaging introduction to the Victorian capital, this Melbourne Culture and History Walking Tour is a must-do!

Guest reviews

  • Dan (23/8/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Being a 1st timer in Melbourne I wanted to know what made it tick. Why is it constantly named one of the top cities in the world to live? It's not that old! Chris helped me understand what Melbourne is all about - the beauty, the passion, and the warts. He was so damn informative, and the tour lasted longer than expected. If you're traveling to Melbourne, it's worth the three hours - and do it on day one! You'll have much to explore after these guys give you a head start!

  • Sabine (12/8/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    What an awesome way to get a feel for the city! Chris, our guide, clearly lives and breathes Melbourne's inner city vibe. He took us on such a fun and informative exploration of little nooks, crannies, laneways, arcades and hidden passages that even I, a not-so-big-city-girl, started to see the charm of this quirky and bustling metropolis. Definitely recommended!

  • tmcowgirl (28/7/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    The tour was informative and gave us a better understanding of Melbourne. Our guide was very helpful and great at answering all of our questions. He also provided us with ideas as to where to get dinner after we finished our tour.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.