Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour

This small group Melbourne walking tour provides a unique opportunity to explore one of the world’s most renowned Art Deco cities with an expert guide. You’ll encounter a host of magnificent period buildings, and learn the backstory of this elegant era.

5 stars

Frances U (via TripAdvisor)

‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you to San who lead us on a really interesting walk yesterday and gave us an insight into the history and architecture of many Melbourne buildings. San was very flexible with the tour, going out of his way to take us down several alleys and describing other buildings we showed an interest in that weren’t built in the Art Deco style. The tour was well designed. Not too long or too far to walk. Very enjoyable. Thank you.’

  • Duration:

    2 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Selected Sundays

  • Departs at:

    10.00am

  • Departs from:

    Manchester Unity Building

Featured guest review

'Just wanted to say a huge thank you to San who lead us on a really interesting walk yesterday and gave us an insight into the history and architecture of many Melbourne buildings. San was very flexible with the tour, going out of his way to take us down several alleys and describing other buildings we showed an interest in that weren't built in the Art Deco style. The tour was well designed. Not too long or too far to walk. Very enjoyable. Thank you.' - Frances U (via TripAdvisor)

Start Your Booking

$54.00
  • Enjoy a guided walk through Melbourne’s CBD
  • Visit the city’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings
  • Learn more about Art Deco design influences and construction methods, and how to recognise the Art Deco style
  • Maximum group size: 10.
  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Expert commentary
  • Comprehensive itinerary that includes several key buildings from the Art Deco period.

  • Raedward – Via TripAdvisor

    We took this Arte Deco tour and for the first time we saw some real gems of Melbourne's Arte Deco architecture that we'd previously walked right by and never really 'seen'. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and interesting, without overloading us with irrelevant detail. A fascinating, enjoyable and interesting eye-opener! Highly recommended!

  • PaulieMelb – Via TripAdvisor

    John, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. We kept to time, without feeling rushed and John was able to answer any questions that I had. As a Melbourne native, I was surprised at just how much I didn't know with regard to our Art Deco buildings and heritage. Would highly recommend. Thanks John!

  • Frances U – Via TripAdvisor

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you to San who lead us on a really interesting walk yesterday and gave us an insight into the history and architecture of many buildings. San was very flexible with the tour, going out of his way to take us down several alleys and describing other buildings we showed an interest in that weren't built in the Art Deco style. The tour was well designed. Not too long or too far to walk. Very enjoyable. Thank you.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Enjoy a guided walk through Melbourne’s CBD
    • Visit the city’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings
    • Learn more about Art Deco design influences and construction methods, and how to recognise the Art Deco style
    • Maximum group size: 10.
  • What's Included
    • Guided small group walking tour
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
    • Expert commentary
    • Comprehensive itinerary that includes several key buildings from the Art Deco period.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Raedward – Via TripAdvisor

      We took this Arte Deco tour and for the first time we saw some real gems of Melbourne's Arte Deco architecture that we'd previously walked right by and never really 'seen'. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and interesting, without overloading us with irrelevant detail. A fascinating, enjoyable and interesting eye-opener! Highly recommended!

    • PaulieMelb – Via TripAdvisor

      John, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. We kept to time, without feeling rushed and John was able to answer any questions that I had. As a Melbourne native, I was surprised at just how much I didn't know with regard to our Art Deco buildings and heritage. Would highly recommend. Thanks John!

    • Frances U – Via TripAdvisor

      Just wanted to say a huge thank you to San who lead us on a really interesting walk yesterday and gave us an insight into the history and architecture of many buildings. San was very flexible with the tour, going out of his way to take us down several alleys and describing other buildings we showed an interest in that weren't built in the Art Deco style. The tour was well designed. Not too long or too far to walk. Very enjoyable. Thank you.

What You Can Expect

This Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour begins in the city centre, where you’ll meet your expert guide at the wonderful Manchester Unity building on the corner of Collins and Swanston Street. It’s one of the city’s best examples of Art Deco architecture.

From there, you’ll visit a number of buildings from the Art Deco period, and learn how Melbourne’s centenary in 1934 gave the city the impetus to sustain a six-year building boom that transformed the urban landscape.

The itinerary for this Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour includes the most famous Art Deco buildings in the city — such as the celebrated Majorca building — and some lesser known examples as well. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will point out each building’s unique features.

Throughout this Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour you’ll have the opportunity to compare the design elements of various buildings from the period, and learn how many of Art Deco’s trademark features evolved. It’s a fascinating two hours — and a fabulous introduction to the Melbourne CBD!

 

Important notes

  • This tour has one central meeting point. Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour has one standard price for adults and children. Families with young children are requested to book a private tour.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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