The Original Walking Tours of Melbourne
est. 2004
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Sharing Melbourne Evolutions


At Hidden Secrets, we are conscious of our impact on the environment around us, with a goal to tread lightly, always. Being a walking tour company, we soak up our environment as we walk, and we’re proud to tell our Melbourne’s stories through our storytelling too. This includes telling stories of Melbourne’s history, it’s innovation and it’s future, as it strives to be as liveable, and sustainable, a city as it can be.

Melbourne is home to 480 hectares of parks and gardens, with a commitment to continuing to grow green public spaces, and rooftops in central Melbourne total 880 hectares of space! This is why we’re excited by City of Melbourne projects like the Green Our Rooftop Project and Greening our Laneways which you can read up on here and here.

Rooftop Honey Beehives Makatron Green Laneways

And of course we sponsor our very own Rooftop Honey beehive atop Manchester House too, and you can read about Rooftop Honey and their work here.

We simply love the way architecture and green spaces can co-exist and thrive.

At the Southern Cross end of Collins Street you can also find the new Melbourne Quarter Sky Park by Lendlease, open to the public weekdays and offering an alternative perspective of the city, which you can check out here.

We’re also looking forward to seeing the development of the green public space around the W Hotel Melbourne on Flinders Lane (to open December 2020), creating another much needed green pocket in our city.

This World Environment Day we also want to highlight the impressive work of Echidna Walkabout and Koala Clancy. We strongly believe that the tourism industry has such an important role to play in championing progressive sustainability initiatives that both respect and support our natural environment.

Our friends at Echidna Walkabout are a social enterprise, and wonderful champion of wildlife tourism in Victoria and Australia. They are also the founders of the not for profit Koala Clancy Foundation, a registered charity which we were proud to support during the recent Australian bushfire season.

Koala Clancy has developed a Sustainable Koala Watching Code, and offers both locals and tourists the opportunity to give back through Koala Tree Planting Days in the You Yangs & Brisbane Ranges region, just outside of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. More on their tree planting days and how to get involved here.

If you’re planning to visit Melbourne during the Summer months (November to February), Echidna Walkabout’s Sunset Koala & Kangaroos Tour is a perfect addition to a morning tour with Hidden Secrets! A small group tour, it departs from Melbourne in the afternoon, allowing you to see kangaroos and koalas when most active in the late afternoon and at dusk. Our Laneways and Arcades followed by Koalas and Kangaroos sounds like a perfect day to us, as well as a perfect juxtaposition of what Victoria has to offer!


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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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