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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour provided by Hidden Secrets Tours

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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
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  • 1
    Hidden Secrets Tours
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • 2
    Federation Square
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  • 3
    Block Arcade
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  • 4
    Royal Arcade
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  • 5
    Degraves Street
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  • 6
    Hosier Lane
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  • 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
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  • Explore Melbourne’s narrow laneways with confidence on a guided tour
  • 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Time Out Fed Square, 2 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
3–4 hours
Return Details
Flinders Lane, Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
  • Small-group of maximum 8 people
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Stop for Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate
  • Professional local guide
  • Confirmed departures with min of 2 people, we welcome solo travellers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
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.
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lu s wrote a review Dec 2020
Melbourne, Australia38 contributions26 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: December 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Fiona S, Owner at Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Responded 11 Dec 2020
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
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hspe2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Vejen, Denmark12 contributions12 helpful votes
A very fine tour, where our guide, Nicole, opened Melbourne for us and showed us to great spots and places of interest. Accompagnied with very relevant and interesting informations about both the history of Melbourne and and all the places we were shown. We would never have
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from NB-Melbourne3000, Owner at Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Responded 4 Nov 2020
Dear Hspe2016 Your thoughts here and the care an observations of our tour are really appreciated. Nicole is such a fine guide, we are so pleased to have her join our team in 2019, her city knowledge, global experience and own personal use of the city and its amazing hospitality industry are such a treat for our guests. We cannot teach what she knows, and that is the delight we have in employing local tour guides who work in other industries such that their knowledge and storytelling is enhanced by their other relevant and contextual experiences. We are so pleased you enjoyed the laneways, and arcades, such a fan we are of these. Kindest regards, safe travels when you can again. Fiona, Nicole and all the team at Hidden Secrets Tours. Melbourne
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Stpteach wrote a review Mar 2020
Shelton, Connecticut5 contributions
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from NB-Melbourne3000, Owner at Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Responded 4 Nov 2020
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
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Mary F wrote a review Mar 2020
Charleston, South Carolina23 contributions48 helpful votes
After a long flight from the USA ... and checking into a hotel . You wonder what made you think of taking a 3 hour walking tour... Well this was the best decision .... Lara was our guide and was on time and gathered the small group . Laid out what was a head for our tour !
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Date of experience: February 2020
3 Helpful votes
Response from NB-Melbourne3000, Owner at Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Responded 4 Nov 2020
Dear Mary F! What a trip of a lifetime it now has become, goodness we do hope you got to enjoy our amazing regional features as well as our beloved Melbourne - yes we are all a little besotted, but you wouldn't expect anything else as tour guides. I am so pleased you enjoyed our fabulous Lara's tour, She has been with us now for many years, and as a creative artist herself her city recommendations are great for us guides and managers too! We have been working with the fabulous Koko Black for 16 years, and their special room is ideal for a break mid way. Thank you so much for your kind words and effort to write here. We are getting ready to finally welcome guests back this November Kindest regards Fiona and the team Hidden Secrets Tours - Melbourne
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newmansg wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore58 contributions38 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from hidden_secrets_melb, Owner at Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Responded 2 Mar 2020
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.
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About the operator

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By: Hidden Secrets Tours
Wonderful Guide and Melbourne is such an interesting City
This was an amazing excellent tour of Melbourne Jess with her incredible knowledge was our guide, all I can say
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Informative adventure
Thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour and our guide was excellent showing us all the interesting back streets and re
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Anne O
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We had a great time on this tour. Nic, our guide was so lovely and had an excellent knowledge of the city , restaur
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Truly excellent
We are Melbournites who had a voucher to do this tour so off we went! Our host was delightful and informative, we c
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Progressive dinner
We had a wonderful time with Kathryn , on a progressive degustation ! Great food . Fun wine. Many great stories and
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Interesting tour and quality food along the way
I really enjoyed the tour; there were only two of us on the tour plus the guide so I guess that made it all the mor
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Julie S
Today we had a tour with Lara.Who went the extra mile to explain in detail the architecture which enabled my visio
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A peek into the heart of Melbourne
The beautiful lanes and arcades of Melbourne are not just the core of its evening life, but indeed, the hidden cult
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A must for locals and visitors alike
This was so enjoyable as a local melbournian as we got to learn about the coffee history and culture but also about
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Absolutely Fascinating
My girlfriend and I are local Melbourne girls who love our city. Greeted so warmly by the wonderful Keith, there we
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We did a Hidden Laneways tour with Charlie who was fantastic. Despite having seen some of the lane ways we were tak
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Sue H
My husband and myself learned so much about the buildings and history of Melbourne, which was fascinating. We have
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Melbourne has a fascinating expanse of hidden lanes and secret by-ways. Good walking tour includes lunch and introd
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Just do it.
We have been to Melbourne many times but I wanted to be a tourist.The Lanes and Arcades tour with Jess was great.Sa
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Food and wine Tour in the City of Melbourne
Great insight to the great restaurants in Melbourne. We visited 3 restaurants each served food and wine for our fix
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