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National Reconciliation Week happens every year, with the purpose of educating all Australians about our shared history and celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Running from May 27 to June 3, these dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively

At Hidden Secrets, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we stand and walk. We acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, as well as emerging leaders.

2020 marks the 20th year of Reconciliation Australia, with the theme for this year In This Together. You can learn more about the reconciliation movement via Reconciliation Australia here.

There are so many wonderful events and initiatives across the week, including the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival, showing documentaries and films such as Stan Grant and Adam Goode’s The Australian Dream, and Gurrumul; as well as the Reconciliation Australia In Concert Together which you can tune into here.

You may also like to check out the Melbourne Library Service reading list, Seven books for the seven days of National Reconciliation Week. We certainly believe that it is through multiple voices and perspectives that we can best perceive and understand the world we live in.

First Nations culture and history continues to be both acknowledged and celebrated all year round, and we’ve put together a small guide of ways you can connect with these important stories in Melbourne. Note: Of course all of the above experiences or venues may be open or running at the moment, but we look forward to their returning in the not too distant future.


Koorie Heritage Trust 

The Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square exists to promote, support and celebrate the continuing journey of the Aboriginal people of South Eastern Australia, and is a great place to spend an afternoon in the city.

For now, you can access KHT Voices on their website, a curated digital platform that presents a series of short essays, interviews and stories about how First Nations communities are responding to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as exhibitions online here.

When the time is right, you can also explore Federation Square and Birrarung Marr and to learn about the Aboriginal history of Melbourne city with an Aboriginal Walking Tour here.

If a virtual tour is more up your alley, you can check out the interactive walking trail, Trails of Feelings too.


NGV Australia: The Ian Potter Centre

NGV Australia: The Ian Potter Centre houses the exhibition Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV, which looks at the persistence of images, signs or text painted or drawn on a range of surfaces in Indigenous Australia, from ancient times until now. Parts of the exhibition are available to be viewed online here.


Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum is home to the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today, and it is well worth a visit.


The Royal Botanical Gardens

Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens offer a number of insightful walks, including their Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a First Nations Climate Justice Walk and a Bush Food Experience which is run in conjunction with Charcoal Lane and William Angliss Institute. You can cehck out these tours and experiences here.


Charcoal Lane 

Speaking of Charcoal Lane, to get a taste for native Australian food fare, we recommend dining at their restaurant in Fitzroy. Visited by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, on their visit to Melbourne in 2018, Charcoal Lane is a social enterprise restaurant that provides guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people who are in need of a fresh start in life.


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What others say about our Tours of Melbourne

  • What a fabulous way to experience a new city. We learned a lot while being shown some amazing places to stop in and have a bite. This was absolutely one of the highlights from being in Melbourne.
    An outstanding way to spend an evening – Laura Jan 2023
  • A very informative, comprehensive and interesting walking tour that I thoroughly recommend. I’ve been to Melbourne a few times and future trips will be so much better for the knowledge gained. Melinda is an excellent guide and I’m so glad I signed up for this.
    Best for history food shopping and outdoor art – Solo Traveller April 23
  • Fantastic evening with great food and wine. Fiona was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. She shared great facts about the beautiful city of Melbourne and took us to wonderful restaurants. A must do!
    Great Evening in Melbourne – Jan 2023
  • 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 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 now 2020. We know 2020 and 2021 will be a year of new adventures. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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