9 must do walking tours in Melbourne

Whether you’re a first time traveller or a local looking to rediscover the city, these walking tours of Melbourne is the perfect way to explore everything the city has to offer. Check out our top nine must-do walking tours of Melbourne.

Melbourne is home to a large number of walking tours, as well as other excursions that can be done by bus or train. It’s a vibrant city with an endless choice of exciting things to see and do at every turn.

To take the guessing game out of the best ways to discover everything that makes the city great, check out our pick of the top nine must-do walking tours of Melbourne! 

Drinking History Tours

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Priced at $85 a head, this drinking tour is a classier pub crawl – or a more interesting history tour, depending on your viewpoint. You’ll learn secrets about the city and its hidden gems whilst also taking in three of the city’s best bars. The tour starts at St Patrick’s Cathedral and culminates in a full dinner at the final bar of the circuit.

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Chocoholics Tours

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If you have a sweet tooth, then this is definitely the tour for you. Starting from the Block Arcade, you will go through arcades and laneways on a quest for the finest chocolate in Melbourne. Professional chocolatiers will give you insight and tasting tips, as well as discounts on their products. The price is $99 for adults or $49 for children.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Aboriginal Heritage Walk

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This walk through the gorgeous Royal Botanic Gardens will also give you insight into how local people lived here centuries ago. You will explore the ancestral Kulin lands in the form of different areas of the gardens, and you can also enjoy traditional tea at the end of the walk. It costs between $12 and $35 depending on age and other options.

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Abbotsford Convent Social History Tour

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While a little further from the Crossley Hotel than other tours, this one is certainly rewarding. The Abbotsford Convent started as a meeting point for the Kulin Nation and was later run by Irish nuns, and lived plenty of different lives in-between. This free walking tour will help you understand much more about the local history and changes to the social landscape.

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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

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Running at $36 for adults or $75 to include dinner, this ghost tour will take you back to Old Melbourne and to some of the city's most dramatic moments. This includes the tragic death of opera singer Frederick Federici, who met his end during a live performance! Your dinner option starts at the most haunted pub in Melbourne.

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Hidden Secrets Tours

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Taking in Block Arcade and Royal Arcade amongst other places, this walking tour will teach you about a side of the city that not many people know. Even locals will benefit from the knowledge of the guide! Costing between $90 and $190 depending on the options you choose, there are various tours to pick from.

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Melbourne Street Art Tours

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Street art is a blossoming form of expression, and who better to tell you about it than the artists themselves? Including locations such as Fitzroy Street, these artists will tell you about their own work, explain notable works along the way, and even debate the value of street art – all for just $69!

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I’m Free Walking Tours

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Heading out from the State Library of Victoria, these tours are – as the name suggests – completely free. You don’t even need to book – just turn up and find the guide in a bright green shirt. You’ll learn about the history of Melbourne, and about some of its most interesting secrets.

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Secret Food Tours

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If you’re a foodie, you’ll have been waiting for the food tour option! For $119, this tour will take you around the historic St Kilda area (so make a quick trip from Bourke Street to St Kilda Station). There you’ll try all kinds of fantastic dishes!

More information here.

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