This post in my Top Five theme at Vagabond Gal reflects my love of getting around by foot anywhere I visit (or live)
I live in Melbourne (and LOVE it) but I sometimes travel like a tourist in my own city.
I enjoy walking around the city and I occasionally indulge myself with a special walking tour.
Laneways are one of the things that make Melbourne special. The Hidden Secrets Tour people have made the laneways and arcades their speciality. If you are looking for something different, this is a good place to start. Theme tours include high tea, degustation, café culture and architecture. Private and customised tours are also available.
If you’re after a general culture tour their Cultural Walk is fun and especially good for first time visitors who want to get a feel for the city’s past and present.
Thirsty travellers might prefer the Beer Lover’s tour, with a glimpse of the city’s historical links to the cleansing ale and sampling of the growing craft/microbrews on offer in the city. Private and customised tours available.
Walking Tours of Melbourne probably offers the largest number of tours, ranging from laneways, to street art, unsolved crimes and bookstores. Your tour guide is Meyer Eidelson, a historian, author and raconteur. Customised and specialised tours can also be arranged.
The Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour is the longest running ghost tour in Melbourne and runs weekly (at night of course, for maximum spookiness).
Bonus: History and Ghosts at the Old Melbourne Gaol
You can tour the old Melbourne Gaol during the day, but the crème de la crème of gaol visits is the Hangman’s night tour. Spookiness factor? High ‘not recommended for children 12 years are under’.
If you live here, are a frequent visitor or are the adventurous type, you could easily create your own, custom walking tour based on your own interests. Doing the research would be a fun and free family activity, topped off with your own actual ‘create your own adventure’ walking tour on the day.
Historic buildings, speciality bookstores, chocolate shops, antique jewellery stores are some that come to mind.
Two resources that will help you create your own walking adventure are Victoria Walks (Victoria’s health promotion charity) and their interactive Walking Maps website, where you can discover and create walking maps to suit your interests.