The Original Walking Tours of Melbourne
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Sharing Melbourne Evolutions

While you can’t get out see Melbourne’s cultural institutions and sights in person at the moment, many are making extraordinary efforts to bring us closer to creativity, culture, entertainment and learning! Here’s a little guide we threw together to keep you engaging in all of the best things Melbourne has to offer.


* Good Beer Week is kicking off with a Virtual Good Beer Week Friday 15th May, with events being updated over on their Facebook page here.

* is bringing Australia to you with the Live From Aus event on 16th-17th May, with a full weekend program with cheesemaking in the Yarra Valley and crossing to Phillip Island Nature Park. That event here.
Delivered Live is presenting Recharge Music Festival 2020 on Sunday 17th May to celebrate the launch of the Victorian Country Market.


For the Whole Family

* Craft Victoria has a Crafternoon Kids Hub  for kids and inner-children alike. There are step-by-step guides to make your own fossils, No Worries Dolls or finger puppet families, and then there’s their Meet the Maker series of interviews, short documentaries about craft makers, and exhibition behind-the-scenes content too.

* SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium are live-streaming everything from sessions with their penguins to their jellyfish and their water dragons, so for some educational streaming for the whole family, you can check their live-streams suitable for the whole family here.

* Melbourne Zoos have you sorted by bringing the zoo to you with #AnimalsAtHome live-cams from both Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo – snow leopard cubs, giraffe feeding times and Healesville

* The Legoland Discovery Centre is hosting Live Workshops and Fundays which will provide entertainment for the whole family

* Melbourne Museum at Home has plenty of activities for at Melbourne Museum at Home, along with exhibitions that are available for virtual tours so everyone can get their dinosaur fix in .

For the Adults

* Laneway Learning has taken a number of its classes online. You can learn how to crochet, macrame, get into some drawing and home cooking classes, all delivered online at minimal costs. Check out their available classes here.

Melbourne Cinémathèque in conjunction with ACMI has become the Virtual Cinémathèque, offering double bills that showcase classic and contemporary films on specific directors, performers or a thematic. Films announced on Tuesdays, and more info on how to create a virtual collective and communal screening experience here.

* The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has an online concert series from the MSO archives is being broadcast every Thursday night at 7.30pm and every Sunday at 3pm. Up to date info on the concerts here

*  You can still explore the National Gallery of Victoria online too. You can check out virtual tours of exhibitions, including Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines ; KAWS ; and Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV. The NGV’s full range of virtual offerings here , and they’re sharing daily art inspiration on #NGVEveryDay over on Instagram too. If you’re feeling creative yourself,  the NGV’s Drop-by Drawing program has been taken online with a How To Series on Sketching.

* While The Melbourne International Comedy Festival -  which is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival – may not be going ahead in 2020, there’s still plenty of comedy gold to keep you laughing at home. Comedy sets are available through their YouTube channel , and there is a  guide to both Australian and International comedy podcasts here too.

* You can also explore the State Library of Victoria from the comfort of your own home with their online galleries including past and present exhibitions including the recent Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition

* Do a virtual tour of Melbourne Theatre Company HQ here and find out about theatre recordings you can watch online via MTC NOW.

* And finally, you can get your end of week boogie sorted with Friday nights at home with Mr. McClelland’s Finishing School. A regular club night, DJ Andrew McClelland is bringing his joyful night of pop into your homes from 9PM Fridays, rotating between his usual mix of pop and more specific focuses like BritPop on alternating weeks.

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

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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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