A guide to walking tours in Melbourne

From fine art to chocolate, there has never been a better reason to explore the CBD the old fashioned way. Walk through towering arcades and graffiti-filled laneways to discover the best of Melbourne this weekend.

Tour the Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne’s much-loved Royal Botanic Gardens is bursting with history, beautiful plants and natural wildlife. Take their Garden Discovery Tour, a meandering one-hour walk that explores all the luscious greenery you could ever imagine.

A garden path with overhanging green trees and plants

Gorgeous greenery in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Walk with street artists

Combine culture and sport (walking is a sport, isn’t it?) with a walking street art tour. Led by practicing street artists you’ll start at Fed Square, traverse the city’s laneways and hidden corners and end up at Blender Studios. A gourmet spread including drinks will round off the day’s activity.

A large green street art mural on the side of a brick building, facing the street

Street art in Meyers Place

Café Culture Walk

If you’re struggling to keep up with all the new cafes, bakeries and restaurants in Melbourne, we don’t blame you. But the Café Culture Walk is here to help with their tour of Melbourne’s hidden food and coffee spots. Nibbles, caffeinated drinks and tastings are dotted throughout the tour, with lunch included in the ticket price.

Original Lanes and Arcades Walk

The Original Lanes and Arcades Walk is one of the best ways to discover the hidden secrets of the CBD. Weave your way through narrow lanes, ancient arcades and vibrant alleys with the assistance of an experienced tour guide. Find quirky fashion, boutique designers, street art and signature Melbourne architecture – then whet your whistle with a spot of morning tea, which is included in the ticket price.

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Try a laneway walking tour. Photo: Grace Petrou

Be charmed by chocolate

Brace yourselves for the ultimate indulgence with chocolate experts from the Charming Chocolate Tour. Starting at the gorgeous GPO building, this two and a half hour tour has delicious samples and historical factoids rolled into one. Marvel at the architecture, taste the world-class cacao and stroll your way through the perfect afternoon.