Fiona Sweetman Director – Born and raised in Melbourne, it wasn’t until 1992 that Fiona ventured overseas. It is this appreciation of both local destinations and international niche areas that Fiona feeds from to create innovative Melbourne Tour experiences. Her reputation in promoting local talent to consumers and tourism bodies encourages a fresh way of presenting retail, hospitality, and tourism. With an enthusiasm for small business and a love of the intricate history of her home town, Fiona having been the face and cofounder of Hidden Secrets Tours since its launch, took over the full operations of Hidden Secrets Tours 2 years later. In 2014 Fiona received the wonderful 10 year commendation from the City of Melbourne – a program that recognises longevity of small business in the city. Fiona is member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia, a committee member for the City Precinct business association, and an associate member of the National Speakers Association. Follow Fiona on linked in for further information
Stefanie Gassner joined our team as Office/Operations Manager in August 2022. She has worked in the tourism industry for nearly 30 years, starting her career as a tour guide leading German bus groups around Australia and working for some of Melbourne’s most reputable organizations such as Sealife Melbourne Aquarium as their International Tourism Manager and tour companies such as Bunyip Tours and Oceania Tours and Safaris in management roles. She also led her own tour company Australian Kookaburra Tours for over 10 years. She loves bringing her passion for travel and her skill set to Hidden Secrets and ensuring trade partners and tour guests have a smooth, enjoyable and informative touring experience in Melbourne.
Judy – Tour Host
Judy, a long-term resident of Melbourne, joined the team in 2022. Having spent the majority of her career in the education sector, her lifelong passion for learning and teaching, has stood her in good stead for the transition into tourism. Judy loves spending time in the city, visiting new places and sharing stories with our tour guests about what makes Melbourne such a unique city.
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Dee- Tour Host
Dee lives in the glorious Dandenong Ranges, an hours’ drive from the Melbourne CBD, with her husband, daughter and spoodle. She has a deep appreciation for anything beautiful, natural or man-made and a passion for history. Dee believes guiding allows her to express this passion by immersing people into the culture of our beautiful city and really providing them with an experience of what it’s like to live like and be a Melbournian. Dee especially loves taking visitors on the Cafe Culture Walk, as it not only delves into Melbourne’s famous coffee scene, it also gives her the opportunity to share Melbourne uniquely interesting immigration story.
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