Small-Group Melbourne Laneways Tour
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Dress for the weather with flat, comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget your sunscreen and bottled water.
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Enlighten yourself on boomtown Melbourne, from the immense gold rush, to the arrival of immigrants and the city's never-ending growth. A few hours will be spent strolling around hidden treasures in the "hoddle grid", including Spring Street's Old Treasury Building. Transformed into a museum that exhibits Melbourne's captivating history, the 19th-century structure houses several permanent exhibitions highlighting rapid economic growth.
Admire the sandstone finish on the building's exterior, before a historian leads you to points of interest like the ANZ Banking Museum. Australia's earliest banks are put in the spotlight at this attraction, where you can inspect ancient banking equipment and traditional architecture. City growth picked up momentum in the 1850s, when people flocked to the 'the jewel of the southern hemisphere' after the discovery of gold.
Soon, Melbourne became one of the largest cities of the British Empire, as settlers clustered around the rim of the Yarra River. Overlooking this waterway is the Immigration Museum. Find out about the immigrant communities of Melbourne ahead of discovering more about the city's social, political and economic history at the Parliament House. Your day will not be complete without wandering along the concrete jungle’s culturally important laneways and arcades.
The Gold Rush - An Important Period in Melbourne’s History
When gold was discovered beneath Australian soil in 1852, Melbourne quickly became the to-go place for people who sought out wealth. The city’s rim was soon transformed, as temporary houses built from wood, iron and canvas were erected. Local accommodation became fully booked overnight and the metropolis celebrated a maturing point. Many workers relocated from other parts of Australia to live in “boomtown”, due to the fact the output of gold was one of the world’s greatest. Gold was exported to Great Britain for debt relief purposes and following the gold rush, Chinese presence grew.
You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.