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Hidden Secrets Tours

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Address: 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Melbourne's Original Laneway Walking Tours. Indulge in a vibrant city with...

Melbourne's Original Laneway Walking Tours. Indulge in a vibrant city with our Award winning walking tours through Melbourne's back streets and Laneways. Small groups, with creative local hosts enjoy the urban landscape that many locals miss. Discover intricacies of the past and the modern day in food and wine, fashion design, architecture and so much more. A city of entrepreneurs, both then and now, discover with us their stories and spaces. Just a few hours with us and so much of the city makes more sense. If you think you know Melbourne, then think again!

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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
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Great Melbourne experience

We did the 3 hour Laneway tour this morning with Sarah. She is passionate about Melbourne, its culture, cafes and history. She told us so many interesting stories and also was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did the 3 hour Laneway tour this morning with Sarah. She is passionate about Melbourne, its culture, cafes and history. She told us so many interesting stories and also was able to keep the group entertained. We have been to Melbourne many times but never realised what is hidden from the average tourist. We would recommend this tour to... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Robbie B, We appreciate you taking the time to share your kind words on your recent Lanes and Arcades Walk with our wonderful guide Sarah. We love what we do here at Hidden Secrets Tours, so are very happy to read you enjoyed the passion we have for Melbourne as we do love to share as many of the... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on this tour with my family at the beginning of our visit to Melbourne. Luisa was very kind, informative and fun!! It was the perfect way to really dive into the culture and character of the city. Highly recommended.

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Thank you JCT88 for taking the time to share your experience on our Lanes and Arcades Walk with our guide Luisa. We love reading you had a fun time and we hope the tour provided the perfect platform to continue exploring the city of Melbourne with your family. Thank you for the recommendation too and we hope to see you... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We met our guide at Federation Square opposite the Flinders Street Station, not far from our room in the Crown Plaza complex. We got divided into small groups (8 or 10) for our "arcade" tour of lanes, byways and alleys, as well as a subway stop. If we had attempted to do this on our own, we would have gotten... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the Lanes and Arcades tour. We never would have discovered some of these lanes and arcades by ourselves. Also the included lunch at Pastuso was fantastic. Thanks Jenn for a great tour.

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us on our Lanes and Arcades Walk, Todd L. We love reading we were able to share some of Melbourne's hidden gems and finish the walk on a high at our fabulous Lunch venue - Pastuso! We hope to see you back in Melbourne again one day to continue exploring the city with us. - The team... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a 3 hr walking tour of the cute back alleys and tucked away boutiques and arcades of Melbourne. Our guide, Caity, was informative, knowledgeable, and thoughtful, and gave us an excellent history lesson of downtown Melbourne. We met lovely shop and cafe owners and enjoyed gourmet chocolates and hot chocolate at Koko Black. This is a must do... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

What a lovely review to share, thank you Tracy B, we will be sure to pass your kind words on to our wonderful guide Caity too. The hot chocolate selection at Koko Black is a favourite indulgence of our as well, so we love to read you enjoyed this included treat. Thank you for the recommendation too and we do... More 

Colac, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide gave us the best insight to the hidden gems that are the lanes and arcades of the cbd of Melbourne. Even though we are frequent visitors to the city we discovered so many new things about the city and its past thankyou for the most enjoyable 3 plus hours in a long time and , even though the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, the group of 8 was plus one at the last moment. The tour went along smoothly until the end where it stopped abruptly at the top of AC/DC Lane, not the City Square as indicated, and those not attending lunch at the end of the laneway, not in the City Square as indicated, were sent in the general direction... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Katherine, our tour guide, met us at our hotel as we began our walking tour to three restaurants for a wine and food pairing. Each restaurant was so different from the next. We loved the information she shared about the beautiful city of Melbourne along the way. Such a fun time.

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear trishes-wishes - Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your private Progressive Degustation Walk with our guide Katherine. We are so happy to ready you enjoyed a fun evening out with us and hope the rest of your time in Melbourne was wonderful too. - the Team at Hidden Secrets Tours More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really wonderful, well balanced tour . Louisa our guide was magnificent and was mindful of the 33 degree temperatures so her information giving sessions were in the shade. We saw so much and would never have seen it on our own. The stop for chocolate/coffee was just right and the lunch at the end of the tour in the... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Robert, for your recommendation of our Lanes and Arcades Walk with Lunch. We love reading you enjoyed a wonderful walk with Luisa and enjoyed the delicious drink and lunch stop included on the walk. Hopefully you were able to visit some of your favourite places Luisa shared along the way and we hope to see you back in... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sarah was a great host for the 3hr tour, providing lots of informative stories and interesting facts along the walk through Melbourne's interesting laneways and arcades. The laneways in particular could easily be missed if you didn't know where to look and they are such an interesting part of Melbourne's culture that we highly recommend this tour and Sarah as... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation of our Lanes and Arcades Walk and our wonderful guide Sarah. We love reading you enjoyed a great tour with us, exploring areas you may otherwise have missed and hope we were able to provide a great introduction to Melbourne for you to continue exploring the city for the remainder of your visit. - The... More 

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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