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Melbourne's Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour
- Laneways and arcades: Explore the city's narrow streets, covered arcades, and majestic buildings; many that date back to the Victorian Gold Rush boom.
- Local flair: Don't miss the 1956 subway, now home to the work of local artists and check out the city's famous graffiti lanes, including the hidden art gallery.
- Federation Square: Discover the countless happenings, plus restaurants, bars, and specialty stores, in this focal piazza that reveals the city's pulse.
About This Melbourne Tour
Throw on your comfiest shoes and discover Melbourne, rated the world's most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. With an entertaining guide at your side, you'll walk its storied, narrow lanes and arcades and get the lowdown on the city's quirky cafes, chill bars, trendy boutiques, and vibrant, thought-provoking street art scene.
Immerse yourself in the activity at Federation Square, home to hip eateries, exhibitions, and the multifaceted Melbourne Design Market. It's also where the city's big festivals are held. As you stroll through the labyrinth of streets and covered arcades, get a sense of what makes Melburnians tick.
Pop your head into eclectic boutiques stocked with locally made wares, all the while taking in gorgeous building facades, learning about local lore, and getting a sense of the city's culture-rich history with a local's eye for details. Consider spending time exploring Melbourne's Gold Rush-era Chinatown, the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. Walk through the bustling Queen Victoria Market, or see the sobering Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial to the lives lost in the Great War of 1914-1918.
Love sports? Be sure to visit the stadium-jammed Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct, considered to be Australia's premier sports district. This area played co-host to the 1956 Summer Olympics – the first to be held outside Europe and North America and the southernmost city to host the games.
Wherever your feet take you, you are sure to agree that Melbourne is a most marvelous city in this hospitable land down under.
Watch your Mouth…
Melbourne still has some wacky laws in existence, starting with the fact that it's illegal to sing an obscene song in earshot of anyone, according to Summary Offences Act, 1666. Mind you, that's only the start. Per the Crimes Act, 1958, you cannot trade with pirates – drink with them, sure, but buying from them will get you thrown in the clink.
Please make your way to Federation Square - near Time Out Cafe to meet our GoBe Rep.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (greater than one mile), with many steps to climb. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Food & Wine, Shopping
Beverage - Tea or Coffee
Souvenir Bag with Map and Special Offers from Local Retailers
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 15 years of age or older to participate in this tour. Under 18 years old? Your parent or guardian must accompany you. Bring your ID to prove your age if you are asked.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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