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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour provided by Hidden Secrets Tours

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
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Tour snapshot
Explore Melbourne’s narrow laneways with confidence on a guided tour
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Melbourne’s atmospheric lanes and beautiful 19th-century arcades are one of the city’s highlights. On this walking tour Melbourne’s historic lanes and arcades, benefit from a small group size of just eight people and pick up tips and recommendations from a local guide. End your tour with coffee and chocolates at a local cafe. Plus, add an optional lunch upgrade.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Insider tips: learn where to eat, drink, and shop in Melbourne
  • Customize your itinerary: choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group tour allows extra attention from your guide
What to expect
Meet your guide and set out to explore Melbourne’s famous laneways, filled with boutique shops, atmospheric cafes, and beautiful 19th-century shopping arcades. During the tour, experience the many different sides of Melbourne from the elegant architecture of the Royal Arcade to the bold street art of Hosier Lane, to historic landmarks such as Melbourne Town Hall. Accompanied by a local guide, you have plenty of opportunities to ask for recommendations on where to eat, drink, or shop during the rest of your stay in the city. Finally, experience Melbourne’s cafe culture with a tea, coffee, and chocolate tasting at a local cafe. If you select the optional upgrade, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your tour ends back at Federation Square, where you receive a goodie bag as a souvenir of your tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Highlights
  • Insider tips: learn where to eat, drink, and shop in Melbourne
  • Customize your itinerary: choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group tour allows extra attention from your guide
What to expect
Meet your guide and set out to explore Melbourne’s famous laneways, filled with boutique shops, atmospheric cafes, and beautiful 19th-century shopping arcades. During the tour, experience the many different sides of Melbourne from the elegant architecture of the Royal Arcade to the bold street art of Hosier Lane, to historic landmarks such as Melbourne Town Hall. Accompanied by a local guide, you have plenty of opportunities to ask for recommendations on where to eat, drink, or shop during the rest of your stay in the city. Finally, experience Melbourne’s cafe culture with a tea, coffee, and chocolate tasting at a local cafe. If you select the optional upgrade, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your tour ends back at Federation Square, where you receive a goodie bag as a souvenir of your tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3671ARCADES
Important information
Inclusions
  • Small-group of maximum 8 people
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Stop for Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate
  • Professional local guide
  • Confirmed departures with min of 4 people, we welcome solo travellers
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Time Out Fed Square, 2 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Outside " Time Out Cafe" on the lower steps in Federation Square, NEAR the corner of Flinders Street, & Swanston Street -- opposite Flinders Street Train station. Directions: Look for our guide holding a large yellow umbrella Return point: Concludes in central CBD area
  • Flinders Lane, Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia The tour usually ends in Flinders Lane - Near the start point --- within one block from the starting point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If you have mobility or access concerns please advise at time of booking to ensure we can adapt suitably. We may not be able to if not known at least 24 hours prior
  • This tour is suitable for ages 14 and over. Not ideal for toddlers/infants
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Small-group of maximum 8 people
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Stop for Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate
  • Professional local guide
  • Confirmed departures with min of 4 people, we welcome solo travellers
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Time Out Fed Square, 2 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Outside " Time Out Cafe" on the lower steps in Federation Square, NEAR the corner of Flinders Street, & Swanston Street -- opposite Flinders Street Train station. Directions: Look for our guide holding a large yellow umbrella Return point: Concludes in central CBD area
  • Flinders Lane, Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia The tour usually ends in Flinders Lane - Near the start point --- within one block from the starting point
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Flinders Lane, Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia The tour usually ends in Flinders Lane - Near the start point --- within one block from the starting point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If you have mobility or access concerns please advise at time of booking to ensure we can adapt suitably. We may not be able to if not known at least 24 hours prior
  • This tour is suitable for ages 14 and over. Not ideal for toddlers/infants
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 11 Dec 2020
A note from Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Currently masks are not required, but we strongly encourage all participants to have one with them at all times. We have Covid checkin via text for each traveller as they arrive at the start point. If government regulations change such that we're required to cancel tours, a full refund will be made.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Time Out Fed Square
    2 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Outside " Time Out Cafe" on the lower steps in Federation Square, NEAR the corner of Flinders Street, & Swanston Street -- opposite Flinders Street Train station. Directions: Look for our guide holding a large yellow umbrella Return point: Concludes in central CBD area
    See address & details
  • 1
    Hidden Secrets Tours
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Federation Square
    See details
  • 3
    Block Arcade
    See details
  • 4
    Royal Arcade
    See details
  • 5
    Degraves Street
    See details
  • 6
    Hosier Lane
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Flinders Lane
    Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
    The tour usually ends in Flinders Lane - Near the start point --- within one block from the starting point
    See address & details
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5.0
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mckric
Gold Coast, Australia64 contributions
Loved this walking tour . We found out so much about the street art and music culture of Melbourne along with the history and architecture highlights .

Our tour guide Harriet was so easy to listen to and chat with . Her knowledge of the area was exceptional .

The hot chocolate break was perfectly placed in the middle of the walk.

The walk was easy and we clocked around 6 km over the three hours .
Written 9 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Lyn M. So lovely to see your review of your tour with Harriet. We love hearing such feedback. Our walks are about 6k steps and across 4 blocks of the city, in and out of the laneways and smaller streets. Small groups with space for conversation and observations have been lovely for our guides as we share Melbourne and all its quirks. Thank you so much for taking the time. Kind regards Fiona, Harriet and the team Hidden Secrets Tours
Written 12 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

lu s
Melbourne, Australia38 contributions
Dec 2020
melbourne is my favourite city, and this tour shows exactly why.

i went on this tour 15 years ago and we saw shops and secret alleys and street art, they’ve just returned now we are out of lockdown and they showed the best restaurants, street art, MORE secret alleys i never knew about, and the history of the city...

you didn’t even notice the shops weren’t open, most of the cafes are, and places like CRAFT victoria are real gems you can discover through wandering these streets and laneways.

this is how even a melbourner can rediscover the best of their city.
Written 8 December 2020
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Fiona S
Dear Lushr77, what a true delight to have you join us again after so many years and even more special after the stillness of 2020. We are so pleased you enjoyed our regular new additions, and loved the photos you shared. We are looking at new tours for 2021, so perhaps we can entice you to join us again sooner - not sure we need to wait 15 years again - and hopefully your mum can join too. Kindest regards and thanks from Harriet and myself. Fiona Owner HiddenSecretsTours
Written 11 December 2020
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John G
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
Feb 2020
We have visited Melbourne many times before and walked around the city. This time we wanted to learn more beyond just wandering around and looking.
Our tour was for a half-day and our guide Lara was most friendly and informative.
We didn't cover a lot of territory - that wasn't the idea - but we did cover a great deal of history,.background and insight into the essential laneways and arcades which give Melbourne city so much character.
Our guide also told us about extra thijngs we might see on our own so that even after the tour was finished we could continue. And the coffee interlude (included) was superb.
So we unhesitatingly recommend the Hidden Secrets Tours.
Written 16 February 2020
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Dear JohnG46 As a return visitor, your review is most precious. We do get many locals and regular Melbourne visitors on our walks, and it is a joy to see their ( your) eyes light up with little details tat help the city reveal itself another way. The effort to take some time to write positive notes here is truly appreciated. We thank you for your wondrous words, and perhaps we may see you on another of our tours. Your Lanes and Arcades Tour is our main tour, but we do have a few other niche and indulgent tours too :) Kindest regards Fiona.
Written 19 February 2020
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Mark
1 contribution
Charlie was a wiz in leading our tour. Mixed audience from Melbourne and interstate/NZ really appreciated the whole tour. As a local, I learned so much and loved every minute. The werewolf beer at the pub I’ll possibly never find again was great. Highly recommended. Oh yes, the weather was truly Melbourne, variable.
Written 19 February 2020
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Dear Mark, thank you so much for this fab review, it should be said you had the true mad weather on your tour, and yet Charlie said you all chose to continue on jovially into the laneways ducking and weaving the elements. We love to find corners that locals may not have been to, and yes the drinks location we included on your teams bespoke tour we hoped would be jus that. So pleased to see you enjoyed the afternoon outing. We really appreciate the feedback and loved being part of your you corporate day. We do hope to see you again soon, in and around the lanes of our fab city. Kindest regards Fiona and the team. Hidden Secrets Tours. Melbourne.
Written 19 February 2020
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Stpteach
Shelton, CT5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
My friend and I had the luxury of being guided by Charley, who proved to be personable, kind, and extremely knowedable of local history. We were lucky to be the entire "group" so we felt we had a personal guided tour. And the coffee/chocolate break included in the tour was a most welcome treat, indeed! It was most worthwhile!
Written 10 March 2020
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Dear Stpteach. THANKYOU so much for writing a lovely note here, we have risen from our hibernation, and are so pleased you got to have a tour with Charlie - and just for you!. - We don't have this happen too often, our public tours only need a minimum of 2, so you were in luck that day. So pleased you enjoyed the chocolate stop in the middle of the tour, and that Charlies passion for our local history kept you entertained. Our small streets are just the starting point for these wonderful insights of how Melbourne evolved, and continues to do so today. thank you again for taking the time, we do hope you explore our city again soon, or take a walking tour in the next metropolis you visit. Kind regards Fiona , Charlie and the whole team Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne
Written 4 November 2020
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Bianca L
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
Fiona was amazing guiding us along Melbourne CBD. She explained everything in really good detail and took us to places we would never have discovered on our own. Thanks for an awesome tour! Can’t wait to come back bringing other family members!
Written 3 April 2022
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HSTOURS
What a lovely review, we are all so excited to be back touring, and though we have been doing this for so many years, these little unexpected notes of thanks are so appreciated by all the team, as well as Fiona. The small HST team would love to see you back with your family too - each tour is a little different than the last - even if walking the same path. We love sharing the evolutions of Melbourne. thank you.
Written 4 April 2022
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MK and Josh
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
This tour was perfect for our first day in Melbourne to get a sense of the hidden gems in this city. Lara did a truly wonderful job. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, gave excellent suggestions, and went out of her way to give recommendations for each couple on the tour based on theirs interests. Great start to our visit to Melbourne. Thanks, Lara!!!
Written 20 February 2020
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Dear MkandJosh We are so pleased to read this review not a little while after your visit. What a year. Our late February and early March tours are always so lovely, and Lara is a very special guide with us. So pleased you enjoyed your visit to our hidden spaces, and the recommendations on tour too. Its such an important part of our guide training, and also keeps us excited on researching what else is on. After a few hours with guests we work hard to personalise these updates before you leave us. Lets hope we all get to travel with such gusto soon, our tours start again this month. Thank you for taking the time to write this, more than ever these are special details we cherish. Kind regards Fiona Owner, Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne
Written 4 November 2020
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Lorraine K
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had an excellent guide, Melinda and we enjoyed a good walking tour of Melbourne through wonderful arcades of beautiful stores and restaurants and lanes decorated with graffiti. We also had a stop to taste a delicious hot chocolate. Definitely would recommend this tour!
Written 24 January 2020
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Dear lainsy2018. How fab is Melinda, we just love reading about our team members - we share these as often as we can in our catch ups. She has been with us for several years and her other creative endeavours we feel make her storytelling dynamic and informative to each group in different ways. Thank you for taking the time to write here, and also to share your passionate recommendation. Kindest regards Fiona and the team Hidden Secrets Tours. Melbourne
Written 4 November 2020
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Louise
4 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a beautiful day walking the lanes and arcades with Charlie. He was so informative and attentive to everyone in our group. We would never had gotten such an in depth knowledge of the city. We got tips also on where we would like to visit on our day off...along with things marked on our map.
Written 17 February 2020
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Dear 373Louiser Its such a treat to see reviews that come through this portal, each with small little points of reflection that are different than others. In fact all tours - even if we walk similar routes - are different too. Charlie, we are very privileged to have on our team, and we are so pleased you enjoyed his tour. - tips are what we train regularly on, and we do hope you continued wandering after your tour with us. Thank you. Kind regards Fiona and the team. Hidden Secrets tours - Melbourne
Written 19 February 2020
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newmansg
Singapore59 contributions
Feb 2020
Jess was a good guide but the pace of this tour was a little slow for us. We wish we had covered a bit more ground. A number of things that were pointed out as world famous we had never heard of before and we have travelled quite a bit. I admire Jess's devotion to her home city and there is a lot to love about Melbourne but it was a bit over the top for us. A few more funny stories would have helped to pass the time.
Written 1 March 2020
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Hello @newmansg. We always appreciate feedback, and really pleased you enjoyed Jess as your guide. I can see you travelled on our Lanes and Arcades tour last Saturday afternoon that you booked the night prior. We are so pleased we had space for you. Thank you for your prompt feedback, its good to hear your thoughts. Our tours go out with an average of 8 people in a tour, and you were joined by a group of older travellers from the United States. In total just 6 of you on the tour. We do only the city centre, and have tours that focus on areas that are about 6 blocks for each itinerary The Lanes and Arcades are in a compact area of the city. Jess did note that some of the group had slower moments, but we covered the normal distance our tour does, finishing in the street art area of Hosier lane ( as lunch was not involved in your afternoon tour) I appreciate, if you are keen walkers, the pace is not fast, as we have designed the walk to be casual and conversational with time to discuss happenings within the city. Jess is a long time guide with us, and is very passionate about our city, she said she enjoyed the tour and talking with you. We are pleased that you learned some things about Melbourne, and I do know some of our stories are about how Melbourne was world famous at different times in our history. We developed this tour itinerary for many reasons, but one was because many don't know these impressive stories of our city's past. We know time is precious, so we really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Kindest regards. Fiona and the team.
Written 2 March 2020
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