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“Discovered MORE about my hometown - tedious for primary aged children.”

I'm Free Walking Tours
Ranked #3 of 264 Tours in Melbourne
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Owner description: Discover Melbourne, on a Free Tour at 10:30am and 2:30pm everyday. Join your friendly and knowledgeable local tour guide as we reveal the history, stories and secrets of Melbourne. This 3 hour easy walking tour meets everyday at the statue of Sir Redmond Barry in front of the State Library of Victoria on Swanston St. Rain, hail or shine, no booking needed, just show up and there will be a guide in a bright green T-shirt to show you around. How are we Free? We work on a tips only basis, so everyone can enjoy Melbourne as much as we do, whatever your budget.
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Matt, our tour guide, was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about Melbourne and its rich History. Matt in the bright green t-shirt was very welcoming when we met outside the State Library.

Topics covered included the Early Settlers,Gold Rush, Ned Kelly, prominent Melbourne landmarks, street names and their origins, graffiti laneways and popular shopping arcades.

Our 3 older children coped quite well with the tour, however our 3 younger children struggled. It was a big-gish group of approx 30 people - majority from overseas and no other families.

A lot of walking and only little snippets of information at each stop.

It would be awesome if there could be an extra session especially for families in the future.

It would have also been fantastic if more of Melbourne's attractions & exhibitions were mentioned.

ie: Melbourne Tourist Information Centre at Fed Square, Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Art Gallery, Docklands, ACMI, Old Melbourne Gaol, Sea Life Aquarium, Botanic Gardens, Cooks Cottage etc.

OR perhaps that was deliberate so as not to Information Overload the group?

All in all I think it was a great tour, Matt was very accommodating and answered questions when they were asked.

Well worth a tip! Not really polite to give nothing - the tour went for 2 hours. My favourite part was learning about the legal and illegal graffiti!

Perhaps if you have a family with young children it would be a good idea for one parent to take the older children on the tour - the other parent could play with the younger children at the State Library in the children's section...

DEFINATELY worth it to get an overview of the city when you arrive in Melbourne....

Thankyou Matt!

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Ben our guide was really interesting, full of historical facts and very entertaining. Good pace and great mixture of sites of interest. Spoke really clearly and loud enough for a large group to hear him without any problems at all. Would definitely recommend this.

Thank Annie S
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

we went on this tour after doing the one in Sydney and enjoying very much, it was a great way to get to know the city and its history, cool stories, street art and great tips for restaurants, night clubs etc. the guide was very informative and stayed for another 20 min after the tour was over to answer questions and give advice. you pay what you feel like and it goes for 2.5 hours. truly recommend!

Thank sigal y
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Super funny guide (Dan), who takes great pride in his town. Tour is easy to find and the length is okay too (still doable if your condition isn't the best). Guide helps you out with lots of tips, to make sure you get the best out of Melbourne.

Thank Emma F
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

This was our first free walking tour and we look forward to doing many more. Our guide was Daniel who was absolutely excellent. His voice was clearly audible above the sound of passing trams and Xmas Eve shoppers, which was no mean feat. Daniel clearly love his home city and imparted his knowledge of the history of Melbourne with enthusiasm and wit, to make a thoroughly fascinating commentary as we viewed civic buildings, grafittied alleyways, historical shopping arcades and Chinatown, to touch on just a few. We would highly recommend this as a great introduction to a city, whetting the appetite for further exploration, Thank you so much!

Thank MosaicmakerBristol
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