Melbourne walking tours: How to find the best walking tours

Find guided walking tours, private walking tours, free walking tours and self-guided walking tours in Melbourne.

Without a doubt, the best way to find your bearings in a new city and access hidden corners is by foot. You can really get to know Melbourne, which is Australia’s most liveable city as well as its cultural capital, by wandering the streets. A walking tour is ideal when you first arrive in Melbourne as you’ll get a good feel for the city and an idea of places to revisit. Most depart from Federation Square and there’s a wide choice of itineraries ranging from exploring café culture to exploring the vibrant street art scene and everything in between.

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Walking tours of Melbourne CBD

As well as guided walking tours, you can also do them for free with an app or audio guide. You can also design your own self-guided walking tour with a bit of pre-planning. There are also loads of organised tours where a local expert will be your guide, showing and telling you things a guidebook can’t. The beauty of these tours is that they are themed, so you can choose what you’re interested in. There are even free group walking tours of Melbourne where you only pay what you think it’s worth.

Popular themes for Melbourne walking tours

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Melbourne Walking Tours comparison guide

Walking tour themeDuration (Average)Price fromWhere to book
Lanes and Arcades3.5 hours$95Viator, Adrenaline, Red Balloon
Foodie3.5 hours$49Viator, Adrenaline, Red Balloon
Bars3 hours$90Viator, Adrenaline, Red Balloon
Street Art3 hours$69Viator
Laneways2h 30 mins$69Viator
Coffee3 hours$75Viator, Red Balloon
Suburbs (St Kilda, Fitzroy)3 hours$40Viator, Adrenaline, Red Balloon
Culture and landmarks3.5 hours$69Red Balloon

Where to go on a walking tour of Melbourne and popular things to see

A walking tour of Melbourne CBD will reveal a treasure trove of must-see laneways, arcades, street art, hidden bars and cafés. The main sights include the impressive cultural meeting point of Federation Square, Chinatown, Flinders Street Station, Collins Street, Fitzroy and various monumental landmarks.

What’s included in the price?

The expertise of a local guide is what you’re really paying for. Some tours incorporate food and drink tastings, which are included or an optional extra, while others focus on showing you the sights. You’ll normally get a map and refreshments along the way as well.

How big are Melbourne walking tour groups?

Group size is generally limited to 12 people or less so that you can have a more intimate experience. You can also hire a private guide for yourself or your own group and create a personalised itinerary.

Apps and audio guides for self-guided Melbourne tours

Download maps and audio guides to your phone or print them to explore your choice of area

Free walking tours in Melbourne

The best things in life are free and walking tours are no exception! Two of the main free walking tours are with I’m Free and Melbourne Walk. Both can be pre-booked online and run twice a day. There is no fee to book or participate, but you’re expected to tip what you can afford or think the tour is worth.

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