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Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore Melbourne’s charming laneways and opulent arcades on a small-group walking tour. Uncovered tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with a stop for coffee or tea, a chocolate tasting and an optional lunch at a local eatery. Tour numbers are limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Discover a little history, architecture, street art, small business and more
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the laneways and indulge yourself with a chocolate tasting
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch with a glass of wine (if option selected)
  • Small group numbers ensure a personalized experience
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Small-group of maximum 8 people
Chocolate tasting
Stop for Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate
Professional local guide
Confirmed departures with min of 4 people, we welcome solo travellers
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Time Out Fed Square , 2 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Outside " Time Out Cafe" on the lower steps in Federation Square, NEAR the corner of Flinders Street, & Swanston Street -- opposite Flinders Street Train station. Directions: Look for our guide holding a large yellow umbrella Return point: Concludes in central CBD area

Flinders Lane , Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

The tour usually ends in Flinders Lane - Near the start point --- within one block from the starting point

Get a local’s perspective into the history, art, and culture of Melbourne with this half-day, small-group walking tour. Along with an expert guide and no more than eight people, wander the maze of Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades to discover a treasure trove of unique architecture, art, boutiques, and cafés.

Step inside the opulent Royal Arcade to window-shop the upscale boutiques the line this elegant, Old World indoor avenue. For a modern contrast, admire the vibrant street art along Hosier Lane and other alleys while learning about Melbourne’s robust art scene. 

Follow the aromas of roasted coffee beans and fresh-baked goods through a series of charming laneways bursting with small sidewalk cafés and eateries. Enjoy a steaming cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee, and indulge your sweet side with a chocolate tasting. If you choose an optional upgrade, finish your tour with a delicious lunch and glass of wine at a local café. 

Leave your tour with a special goodie bag in hand and many ideas for local spots to revisit on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hidden Secrets Tours
Melbourne is the epicenter for all things fashionable. This three-hour tour will highlight the best that Melbourne has to offer, showcasing local designers whilst acquainting you with the arcades and lanes. With so much to remember and yet more to discover don't forget to make time to return to those you like best in the afternoon, to complete a fabulous day out in Melbourne!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Federation Square
As our name suggests this tour features the 'hidden secrets' of Melbourne, join us at Federation Square
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Block Arcade
With more than 50 stores, boutiques and galleries, you won’t have time to shop properly but to browse and perhaps pick up the odd trinket.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Arcade
Wander through the famed Royal Arcade, steeped in old-world charm and grace
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Degraves Street
Melbourne is a foodies paradise and no visit would be complete without sampling some of the local food and drink. Indulge your self with a chocolate tasting, drink delicious coffee and you have the option to include a gourmet lunch and a glass of wine. And best of all you will received a complimentary designer hidden secrets goodie bag!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hosier Lane
If time permits visit colourful Hosier Lane
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If you have mobility or access concerns please advise at time of booking to ensure we can adapt suitably. We may not be able to if not known at least 24 hours prior
  • This tour is suitable for ages 14 and over. Not ideal for toddlers/infants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hidden Secrets Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Recommend taking this tour your first day (or at the beginning of your stay) in Melbourne." See review
  • "It is well worth it as you will learn many interesting things about Melbourne and also will be entertained by the good taste jokes and fun facts." See review

Reviews

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299 Reviews

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star-5
Melbourne was brought to life by this tour
Jessica_K
, May 2022
We had a very busy, yet wonderful time exploring the laneways of Melbourne with a very knowledgeable and experienced guide. She brought the city to life with the tour and I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Melbourne.
star-5
Amazing tour
Bianca_L
, Apr 2022
I booked the tour for my wife and daughter, they absolutely loved it. The tour guide was amazing and the tour excellent. I’m looking forward to take the tour myself.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Ahh, we hope you had a great time visiting Philip Island, and it really was so lovely to have your daughter enjoy the city so much even on what they both thought was a cool day. Its a trick to figure out how to manage Melbourne weather :) - we would love to have you all back again, and look forward to meeting the rest of the family. - Kindest regards, Fiona ( the guide of the day)
star-5
Discover the history of Melbourne
Carol_G
, Mar 2022
Fiona was a fantastic guide who led us through arcades and lanes that we never would have seen otherwise. Wonderful history of Melbourne. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. One of the highlights of our trip.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Carol,What a lovely review, it was such a lovely tour with ou and the small group we had on this day. I loved being out with such passionate visitors, curious and keen to enjoy our city. THank you for sharing here. Cheers. Fiona
star-5
Hidden history
Mark_B
, Mar 2022
Fiona was very knowledgeable about our city’s history, sharing the ebbs and flows of our past. She showed us laneways I’d visited many times but hadn’t seen some of the hidden gems, whether be it buildings or hidden restaurants and bars.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Mark_B, what a delight it was to share the city with you. Its been so lovely to get out with curious locals, I know it was a thriving city the day we walked, we all enjoyed the buzz of the city. Thank you for taking the time to write here. Cheers. Fiona.
star-5
Hidden Treasures
Karyn
, Mar 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Our guide Fiona was so knowledgeable and engaging. Loved discovering the art in the laneways and the beautiful arcades and their history.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Karyn. So very pleased you could join us. Fiona really enjoyed her walk with you. We really appreciate the kind words here.
star-5
Hidden Secrets Revealed
Marcia_S
, Jan 2019
Recommend taking this tour your first day (or at the beginning of your stay) in Melbourne. Our guide Jes was terrific!! We had an outstanding time learning all about the city’s laneways and history of Melbourne. We even tested our local friends to see if they knew some of the tidbits that Jes shared with us, and most did not. This was a highly enjoyable experience and Jes gave a wonderful overview at the start of the tour and clearly explained everything we saw and were to see along the way. The stop at Koko Black was delightful. Jes’ enthusiasm and knowledge were excellent, making this one of our top tours here in Australia. We highly recommend this tour and hopefully you will get Jes as your guide. After the tour ended we headed back to explore the laneways, stores and restaurants we had passed by on the tour and even rearranged our plans the next day to see more of what Jes had exposed us to. This tour enhanced our time in Melbourne tremendously.
star-4
Hidden Melbourne was a treat!
KeithL557
, Dec 2018
I travel solo because I don't like to be herded in a group. That is why these small walking tours are such fun. You have a knowledgeable guide who really know their city and enjoys showing it off. You have the opportunity to ask questions and get the little bits that really give you the flavor of the city. Great Fun!!!
star-5
This walking tour in Melbourne is...
Iltcho K
, Oct 2018
This walking tour in Melbourne is simply a must! The two very nice and knowledgeable guides will take you through amazing hidden lanes and arcades of the city which you may miss if you do it on your own. It is well worth it as you will learn many interesting things about Melbourne and also will be entertained by the good taste jokes and fun facts. Once we took the tour we went back to some of the places to enjoy more time. Book in advance and enjoy!
star-5
Excellent walking tour by our guide...
Albert_L
, Apr 2018
Excellent walking tour by our guide Luisa. She was informative on the history of Melbourne, told us interesting stories of the lanes and arcades we visited. Highly recommended for visitors to Melbourne.
star-5
Great tour showcasing passages and...
Nawal C
, Mar 2018
Great tour showcasing passages and stores one would easily overlook not knowing where they lead. Paul was a great tour guide full of balanced information about history, facts and anatidotes about Melbourne. Highly recommend.
star-5
It was great ,loved the small...
Delphine K
, Feb 2018
It was great ,loved the small group.best hot chocolat ever . The guide was very nice and knowledgeable.
star-5
Our guide Jess was amazing. We live...
Ian R
, Feb 2018
Our guide Jess was amazing. We live in Melbourne and took overseas guests. We were taken to places we would have never got to if we didn’t do this tour. I highly recommend it to both locals and visitors
star-5
A unexpectedly informative and...
Richard C
, Feb 2018
A unexpectedly informative and enjoyable experience -- showing the true Melbourne and why it is repeatedly rated as the world's most livable city. Guide Rachhel was charming and knowledgeable, with a wealth of amusing stories.
star-5
Loved this tour which was very...
michael.kindle
, Feb 2018
Loved this tour which was very informative and entertaining!
star-5
Wonderful way to get a sense of...
Eve D
, Jan 2018
Wonderful way to get a sense of Melbourne. Fiona is fabulous!
star-5
Great tour, great guide. Hank was...
Janine M
, Dec 2017
Great tour, great guide. Hank was amazing! We totally enjoyed our day.
star-5
We had the best guide on this day...
LEEANN R
, Sep 2017
We had the best guide on this day and the content made the walk SO interesting that you forget how far you're really walking. Such a great experience to see the Hidden Melbourne we wouldn't have otherwise adventured to.
star-5
Our guide Luisa made the tour...
Helen M
, Sep 2017
Our guide Luisa made the tour fascinating with great stories and antidotes about Melbourne's history and life. Even though it rained we really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend this tour. We actually went back to some of the lanes and treated ourselves with good food in quirky places.
star-5
Don't miss this exciting adventure...
Andrew W
, Aug 2017
Don't miss this exciting adventure through the lands and arcades of lovely Melbourne. Our tour leader was just the most cordial and well-informed expert imaginable. Despite the rain ... we experienced a living city with amenities that make Melbourne a global destination not to be missed!
star-5
We had a great time on this tour our...
Maurice C
, Jul 2017
We had a great time on this tour our guide caitlyn was very informative and made the tour very interesting. Even have is tips of places to eat for the rest of our holiday. Highly recommended

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