Walking is one of the best ways to get to know a new destination and The Big Bus tour and travel guide offers a great range of Melbourne walking tours from the city's leading tour operators.

Top options include inner-city laneway and arcade tours, art walks, architecture tourschocolate tours, historic walks and café tours. The majority of these Melbourne walking tours offer small group sizes of 14 guests or less.

There are no booking or credit card fees when you book your tour with us*. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply**.

Price filtering is based on the cost of the activity per adult (AUD).

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Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do

Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do

Visitors to Melbourne are spoilt for choice when it comes to guided walks.

There’s a plethora of options, and choosing which walks to do can be daunting. If you only have a couple of days in the Victorian capital, here are five classic Melbourne walking tours that you should definitely consider. Each of them will give you the essence of what it means to live in this amazing city.

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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

This is the original Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour. It explores the best of the city’s signature arcades and laneways, and takes guests to uber-cool cafes and quirky designer boutiques. From street art to architecture, there are many hidden gems to discover on this fabulous small group guided city stroll. The tour offers a dash of history, culture, cuisine and shopping – everything that makes Melbourne so special!

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Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do: Explore the inner-city laneways and arcades. Image: Bigstock

Melbourne Street Art Tour with a Street Artist

Get a real understanding of Melbourne’s famous street art scene on this small group Melbourne Street Art Tour led by a working street artist. Explore the network of inner-city back streets and laneways, view the latest works, and learn about Melbourne’s rise as one of the most important urban centres for street art worldwide. The tour concludes with a guided visit to The Blender Studios – one of the city’s foremost shared creative spaces, and a drink and nibbles.

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Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour

What’s on your Melbourne culinary bucket list? Explore the city’s iconic food scene on this relaxed small group Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour. You’ll sample the signature dishes of five fabulous eateries across the CBD, and get the lowdown from a local foodie on the culinary hotspots and history of this delicious city.

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Melbourne walking tours

Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do

Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour

It’s not what you know when visiting Melbourne, it’s who you know – and when you have the services of an expert local guide on a shopping expedition to the inner city, trust us, you are going to see a side of the CBD few visitors discover! If you’ve got a passion for fashion, accessories and homewares, this small group Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour through the inner-city maze of laneways and arcades will reveal many unique retail experiences. Step away from the big name brands and discover the secret, stylish and oh-so sensational artisanal retailers of Melbourne!

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Melbourne Rooftop Bar Walking Tour

Explore the best-kept secrets of Melbourne’s vibrant, high-flying social scene on this small group Melbourne Rooftop Bar Walking Tour. Learn some local history, see some street art, discover four amazing rooftop bars and, of course, enjoy a beverage at each. There are some stairs involved, and comfortable footwear is recommended. This tour will show you an entirely different side of the city.

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Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do. Image: Adam Ford

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African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour

East African cuisine is a melting pot of Indian, French, British, Egyptian and Turkish culinary influences just to name a few. Enjoy a delicious journey through Sub Saharan Africa on this small group African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour. This culture-packed experience offers guests a unique window into the life of the city’s East African community and the chance to try plenty of delicious culinary specialities. The tour includes a generous progressive lunch of tastings at three different eateries.

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Five Melbourne walking tours you have to do: State Library Victoria

Melbourne Architecture Walking Tour

This small group Melbourne Architecture Walking Tour is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the history of the city and its diverse building styles. Your guide will share the backstory on many of the finest examples of period architecture in the CBD. At the end of the tour you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed coffee and conversation with the group, to discuss issues such as heritage controls, height restrictions and future projects proposed for the city. This tour is suitable for anyone with an interest in history and the built environment.

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*Applies to bookings made directly on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website and may not apply to bookings made via affiliate websites, including Viator.

**Applies to tours available on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website and does not apply to tours offered via affiliate websites, including Viator. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. To claim, please call our booking line on 1300 330 189 or email [email protected]. The tour must be available for booking on the date you have selected on the competitor’s website. We do not offer the guarantee where a discount or promotional code from the competitor has been applied.

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