This small group tour is a great way to get the most from your visit to the Victorian capital. Enjoy popping street art and explore the inner city’s maze of interconnected laneways and arcades with a local guide.


Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour
Runs: Tuesday to Saturday
Departs at: 10am
Departs from: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘You’ll feel a bit like you’ve landed in one of the old world cities of Europe as you meander through Melbourne’s heritage arcades and cafe-lined laneways on this fabulous guided stroll. This tour is excellent value for money.’

Tour highlights

  • Visit hidden laneways and arcades across the CBD that only the locals know
  • Listen to engaging commentary on Melbourne’s history, cultural attractions and architecture
  • Sample amazing coffee and chocolates
  • Enjoy the fabulous street art of the laneways and back alleys
  • Maximum group size: 10.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Engaging commentary
  • Chocolate tastings at a local artisanal chocolatier
  • Coffee, tea or hot chocolate in an iconic laneway café.


Adults/children: AUD $69pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. Families with young children are requested to book a private tour.

What you can expect

This Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour begins in the city centre at Federation Square, where you’ll meet your friendly local guide and the rest of your small group. No two tours are ever the same, but you’ll start by exploring the alleys that branch off into the CBD. They harbour a wealth of incredible street art. View the latest works and perhaps see artists in action.

From there, your guide will lead you around the city’s famous network of laneways and arcades, providing commentary on the architecture and cultural make-up of the CBD as you go. You’ll discover countless quirky cafes, secret shops and tiny galleries, and see parts of the city that most tourists miss. [More]

Towards the end of this Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour you’ll have the opportunity to sample some delicious artisanal chocolates at one of the city’s best chocolatiers, and then wrap up the experience with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s famous laneway cafes.

This Melbourne Laneways Walking Tour is a great way to get a feel for the ‘real’ Melbourne – the old and the new. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear to get the most out of the experience.

Guest reviews

  • Michael C (20/3/2018) - Via Tripadvisor

    Our guide Kathy was brilliant she was a wealth of knowledge about the history of Melbourne’s architecture, wall art and everything in between. We enjoyed her stories as we walked around the various lane ways seeing and smelling all good things. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see another side to Melbourne well worth it.

  • Munro1984 (10/4/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    We have lived in Melbourne for 11 years now but have never really explored the city. This tour was a great insight into some of the wonderful laneways in the city. Our guide, Kathy, was so knowledgeable and interesting. We got to see so many little places tucked away in chapter houses and basements you would never know we there. I feel much better equipped to take vising friends and this area. Thanks Kathy for a great afternoon.

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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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.

Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

Please wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.