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Melbourne and Victoria may be more well known for its plethora of gin distilleries, but we take our whisky seriously too. If you’re a whisky lover dreaming of malty goodness, of future day trips and distillery visits, Melbourne and Victoria have you covered, so this World Whisky Day we’ve put together a small guide for you.


Whisky In Melbourne

First off, Melbourne has a great range of bars and venues to enjoy a whisky in when the time is right again, and we’re looking forward to revisiting the likes of Whisky and Alement, Whisky Den, Boilermaker House and 1806 for a warming whisky.

And if you’re in Melbourne now and looking to source a tipple now, Melbourne’s oldest boutique liquor store, The Wigs Cellar, is open and is offering free delivery in Melbourne city and some surrounds.

Starward are home in Port Melbourne, just a quick tram ride out of the Melbourne city centre. They’ve got a range of single malts, along with their (New) Old Fashion whisky cocktail and Two-Fold, a double grain whisky. You can check out their range here.  On the website you’ll find cocktail recipes for an Espresso (not) Martini , and even a recipe for Chocolate & Whisky Tart for the home bakers.  If you’re dreaming of a whisky experience in Melbourne, you can also nab a gift voucher for a distillery tour or whisky masterclass.

You’ll also find Bakery Hill Whisky in Bayswater, with their whisky having made its way into Koko Black chocolates too. If peated whisky is your bag, the Sovereign Smoke – Defiantly Peated might just be up your alley. They’ve got an online store here, and are also selling vouchers for distillery tours to come.

Whisky in Regional Victoria

Backwoods Distilling Co. is a small batch, craft whisky distillery located in the Victorian High Country region, where all it all happens in Yackandandah. Backwoods has a release coming in August and they’re taking down details for pre-orders too. We can’t wait to see their distillery doors open soon. You can check out Backwoods here.

If you’re looking to plan a getaway along the Great Ocean Road, we suggest heading taking a small detour along the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail to the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. It’s on the beginning (or the end, depending which way you’re traversing it) of the Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail for keen walkers or riders, and whisky is a great way to end a walk or a visit to the Twelve Apostles, if we do say so ourselves.

And finally, if whisky, distilleries and spirits take your fancy, let us know by signing up to our newsletter here to be among the first to know when our Liquid Crafts Tour returns, or grab a gift voucher for when they do here. Who knows, a 2021 World Whisky Day Tour might well be on the cards!


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  • 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
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  • “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

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  • 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
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