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.

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Melbourne walking tours: Five top spots for a self guided stroll

Five self-guided Melbourne walking tours

Melbourne is one city in which the journey can very easily become the destination, so pull on your most fashionable trainers (it’s still Melbourne, darling) and head out for a stroll.

While there are plenty of guided Melbourne walking tours that traverse the inner-city, these self-guided options will take you just a little further afield.

Enjoy some seaside chic in St Kilda

Oozing character from every grungy pore, St Kilda is one of the most accessible tourist precincts outside of the city centre (just jump on the number 96 tram from Bourke Street). Start at O’Donnell Gardens and make a loop up Acland St and the Esplanade to take in iconic landmarks including Luna Park, the venerable Palais Theatre, St Kilda Pier, Catani Arch and the St Kilda Sea Baths.

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Melbourne walking tours: Luna Park

Blitz the bayside from St Kilda to Port Melbourne

While you’re in the hood, this 6km easy walk will take you from St Kilda along the gorgeous foreshore of Beaconsfield Parade to Port Melbourne. Enjoy views across Port Phillip Bay on your left and heritage beachfront residences on your right. Get a coffee fix along trendy Bay Street or take a closer look at the Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier.

Soak up the charm of Williamstown

A leisurely walk around wonderful “Willie” offers a generous helping of heritage buildings, parks and gardens, and there’s even the opportunity for a dip (depending on the weather!). On a 4km loop you’ll take in the charming Williamstown Botanic Gardens, numerous historic buildings, the fascinating Timeball Tower and views across picturesque Hobsons Bay.

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Melbourne walking tours: Enjoy the city views from Williamstown. Image: Bigstock

Explore the history and heritage of Fitzroy

From hipsters to historians, everybody wants a piece of Fitzroy. It’s also one of the most culturally significant parts of the city in terms of Indigenous heritage. Follow the Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail (marked by bronze plaques) along Gertrude and Smith Streets.

Take a waterfront walk from Southbank to South Wharf

Southbank is the most popular entertainment precinct in the city and also provides the venue for a delightful riverside stroll. Starting from the Arts Centre, head down the stairs and follow the Yarra Promenade along the riverside with the many cafes, restaurants and bars on your left. You’ll pass numerous pieces of public art and the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex. Once you clear Spencer Street you’ll spot the historic tall ship Polly Woodside. Keep walking along the newly revitalised South Wharf Promenade which salutes Melbourne’s colourful maritime past.

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**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 info@thebigbus.com.au. 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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