Many of Melbourne’s gems are found off the beaten path: eclectic laneways, underground arcades, bustling rooftop bars, and lush garden spots can only be discovered by leaving the myki at home and setting forth on a pair of adventurous legs.
If you’re not sure where to begin, there are plenty of passionate Melburnians happy to take you on a walking tour of discovery, to unearth the food, cultural and historical treasures that make up our lively city.
If it’s food, glorious, food that sets your heart racing, then you’re spoiled for choice. Grab some friends and jump on a chocoholics tour through the city’s less-travelled trails – what could be better then chucking back a few chockies while musing on everyone’s favourite treat?
The Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour takes you straight to the city’s lesser-known sweet-tooth havens, meeting the owners and creators of scrummy cupcakes and desserts. If you’re savoury-leaning, the Bread, Cheese and Eats tour of Carlton’s Lygon Street will have you carb-loading at some of the area’s best delicatessens, cafes and restaurants.
For a Melbourne cultural experience, the Koorie Heritage Trust runs the ‘Introduction to Koorie Culture’ and ‘Walking Birrarung tours’. These delve into the city’s early Aboriginal history by visiting significant sites and landmarks in Flagstaff Gardebs and along the banks of the Yarra.
You can also learn about the cultural history of Melbourne’s Chinese settlers on the fascinating ‘Feng Shui Tour of Melbourne’s Chinatown’. Find the secrets to good fortune (and where to buy the best yum cha) as you take in the sights.
For something more left of field, take notorious ‘Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour’, has been scaring the living daylights out of Melburnians for 17 years. Tours run every Saturday night from the The Haunted Bookshop on Mckillop Street, but be sure to book, as places fill up fast.
For more ways to discover the city by foot, check out a full list of Walking Tour operators.
What have you discovered by walking the city?