Discover uber-cool cafes, secret street art-scapes and quirky designer boutiques on the original and award-winning Melbourne lanes and arcades tour.


Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Runs: Monday to Saturday
Departs at: 10am
Departs from: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘From street art to architecture, there are so many hidden gems to discover on this fabulous small group guided stroll through Melbourne’s CBD. The tour offers a dash of history, culture, cuisine and shopping – everything that makes the Victorian capital so special!’

Tour highlights

  • Explore the well-known and secret laneways of the inner city
  • Visit local designers and specialty retailers
  • Get a taste of Melbourne’s rich history
  • Discover the stunning architecture of the city’s arcades
  • Maximum group size: 8.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Expert local commentary
  • Morning tea at a local chocolate salon
  • Use of an umbrella in case of inclement weather.


Adults/children: AUD $95pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. There is no charge for children under the age of three. Families with more than one young child are asked to book a private tour.

What you can expect

You’ll rendezvous with your friendly local guide in Federation Square for this Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour. Look for the bright yellow golf umbrella! If it looks like it might rain (this is Melbourne after all), don’t panic. You’ll be issued with your own umbrella and, after introductions to the rest of the small group, the tour will get underway.

Right from the start you’ll be drawn into the history of the city, starting with the controversial design of Fed Square itself. From Flinders Street Station your guide will lead you to a lesser-known underground arcade, filled with hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, secret art spaces and eclectic boutiques. [More]

You’ll emerge at street level in one of the city’s network of famous laneways. As you stroll the narrow thoroughfares lined with coffee shops and restaurants, and full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the inner city, your Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour guide will regale you with quirky urban myths and fascinating local history.

Then it’s time for morning tea in the Royal Arcade at boutique chocolatier Koko Black. Stomachs warmed and feet revived, it’s off to explore more of the city’s secret nooks and crannies bursting with the creative pursuits of the city’s eclectic designers and artists. Heritage arcades ooze history from their elegant architecture.

Accompanied by engaging commentary from your guide, you’ll discover a side of the city on this fabulous Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour that many visitors miss.

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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.

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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

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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Please wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions. Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain.