The Original Walking Tours of Melbourne
est. 2004
03 9663 3358 (A/H +61447868788)
Sharing Melbourne - Tours restart OCT 2020
 

How to celebrate what the last 16 years of Hidden Secrets Tours means would never have been easy to express, but even more so as our team is all in different places, nor are we with clients or out in the city we love.

In 2004 we began, taking our first paying customer out on May 20th of that year.

It was a time of change, just as today. Looking back, we have all seen so much change in in the last sixteen years.

In 2004:

  • The TV show Friends aired its last episode
  • Mary became a Princess
  • Australia’s population was 20 million
  • The Facebook college site had just started
  • Jetstar launched
  • The Ghan passenger train took its inaugural trip
  • The clay animation short film, Harvie Krumpet, won an Oscar at the Academy Awards
  • Our present Office Manager, Rachael, finished high school

In Melbourne, the first Winter Masterpieces happened. Eureka Tower had not even broken ground, King Street passed under Flinders Street, and icons like Dame Edna Place and AC/DC Lane had not yet been  thought of. It is funny how far we have now come.

Hidden Secrets Tours has been privileged to see so many changes in this city, and we can’t wait to see its next iteration.

Over the last sixteen years we  have employed 40 people, including two interns, (you can see some of us here). We have seen hundreds of businesses that shared in our pedestrian path open and close, whilst yet more have come into our radar of collaboration.

We would like to take this moment to thank you all of our supporters, our alumni, and amazing clients. We really have had such a fabulous time, and we just can’t wait to be out on the streets and laneways again soon.

Stay safe, and look for the glimpses of yellow in our glorious city: It may be us with our yellow umbrellas, or perhaps just some of the corners that inspire us to keep looking!

We will be launching new tours in June, so please do join our mailing list to be kept in the loop, and so we can share and offer our loyal customers priority pricing for when we’re underway. You can sign up to out mailing list  here.

Hidden Secrets team picture

We don’t have a team photo for this wonderful milestone, but there will be room and time for many more.

Hope you have a great time dreaming, getting ready for whats next in these adventurous time!

With love from Melbourne, Australia,

Fiona, the Hidden Secrets team and alumni

xx

 

 

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Testimonials

We love it when guests send us notes of what they enjoyed on tour.

These are just a few!

What others say about our Tours of Melbourne

  • I am so thrilled I did. Wow, it was so interesting. I am seriously born and bred Melbourne, lived here for 50 years (in inner 'burbs) and worked and walked these city streets probably thousands of times and thought I knew my patch pretty well. This tour was the next level. My Melbourne will never be the same to me again, for which I am truly grateful. I liked it so much we're booked on the Degustation Tour. If you are not a local and you are interested in the quirky side of history and how this staid, yet beautiful city evolved, you will enjoy it. If you are a local, you will marvel at Marvelous Melbourne.
    “I loved it, and I’m a local.” – Jen, Melbourne
  • The tour is really worth every cent. We got two coffees, three sweets, a takeaway coffee mug and even a list + booklets with all the information of the tour. After this experience I wished I will stay longer in Melbourne so I can go explore every venue we passed again. Thums up for this tours! Thanks a lot 'Hidden secrets Melbourne'!
    Cafe Culture tour – Annelies from Netherlands
  • I had enjoyed Lanes and Arcades and Cafe Culture Tours in April 2015 with my family and it was so good that I returned with my friend in August Sept 2015. It really is the best way to make the most of your time in Melbourne to spend time with a guide from Hidden Secrets Tours. They are a wonderful example of Melbourne hospitality and the guests on the tour from all over the world make the experience one not to be missed. Next time I visit Melbourne their progressive High Tea Tour is definitely on my to do list.
    “Hidden Secrets Tours are becoming a must do for our trips to Melbourne.”
  • As Friday night was our last night in Melbourne we had a debriefing about what they had enjoyed the most...and guess what??.. Your tour was the most mentioned activity. One girl said it was the best $12 she had spent. Haha. So once again, a huge thank you for fitting us in and helping broaden our girls view of the food industry. They are so much wiser for the experience. Year 12 - Newcastle High School
    Newcastle High School – March 2014
  • This excellent informative and entertaining tour focused on the inner delights of Melbourne CBD lanes and arcades. Sarah is a wealth of information and is a natural entertainer. Even if like me you have been to Melbourne many times, Sarah still delivered the 'Well I never!" factor. Go on these attractions, they are truly worth every cent. - Trip Advisor - Jan 2014
    Shirley – Lanes & Arcades walk
  • This is honestly the best tour I have ever done anywhere in the world. If you ever visit Melbourne, I strongly recommend that you take this tour.
    Visited January 2014 - tripadvisor
    Via TripAdviser WynonaLavota
  • “Fantastic, Friendly, Interesting”

    The guide was amazing. She had such a wealth of background knowledge about the area that she answered every question as well as expanding on it. I could see she really enjoyed her what she did with enthusiasm and eagerness. It was a truly amazing experience. I would gladly recommend this tour for all those who love history and interesting coffee and eats Reviewed 2 January 2014 on TripAdvisor - Cafe Culture Walk

    Cafe Culture Walk – Sth Africa
  • I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your great hospitality. Thank you for making my Ultimate Australian Adventure with Oprah such and amazing time... 2010 Mary re the specially arranged Lanes and Arcades Walk 
    Mary T of Nova Scotia
  • Last week Jo and I went on your Lanes & Arcades tour and the Sommelier's Tour. They both offered completely different experiences. We had a great time discovering the many wonderful shops and cafes hidden away in the lanes and arcades of Melbourne...
    Robyn of Newcastle NSW
  • Both my friend Glenda & I have been going to Melbourne for years and we would have never known that these “Hidden Treasures” existed. It was fascinating to walk up & down the lanes & arcades and to see a completely different side of Melbourne...
    Kathryn & Glenda – NSW
 
If you joined a tour with us and enjoyed it, we would love to hear! - you can email us at feedback@hiddensecretstours.com Also a fabulous post on Google here,    Facebook or    is always a joy for us and our potential clients We as a team go through them, and love getting your personalised messages!   We're proud to say we have received Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and know 2020 will be a year of new adventures, your support is greatly appreciated.

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