Hidden Secrets Tours Melbourne shows you the best lanes and arcades to explore.
Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told of and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers.
Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love.
Discover local designers and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways.
See over 30 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.
Morning tea is included before a restaurant lunch with a glass of wine or beer.
Price & booking
Tour pricing information (GST included)
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Tour with lunch
Goodie bag, morning tea, chocolate tasting, shop guide, city map, gourmet lunch with a glass of wine or beer at tour conclusion.
Tour without lunch
Goodie bag, morning tea, Shop Guide, city map are included
Payment methods accepted
Cancellation and booking policy
Bookings are confirmed on full payment. If paid bookings are cancelled more than seven days in advance 90 per cent of costs will be reimbursed. If two to seven days in advance 50 per cent will be reimbursed. And if within 48 hours of commencement a refund will not be available. If Hidden Secrets Tours is forced to cancel a booked tour, any prior payments will be fully refunded. Hidden Secrets Tours operate in all weather with a minimum of two people. It is highly recommended a reconfirmation call is made between 24 and 12 hours prior to any tour. Hidden Secrets Tours recommends all participants take out their own travel insurance.
Days of operation
Departure details: 01/06/11 - 31/03/15
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Tour starting location
Meet infront of 'Time Out Cafe', in Federation Square
Additional business information
Hens Days / Outings
Hens days no longer have to be what they used to be. Hidden Secrets Tours Melbourne can design a fabulous day out, for your group in the city. With specialised shopping tours and more. Please note, these are subject to availability, and may only be available on certain days. Contact for more details.
Private or Corporate Bookings
Hidden Secrets Tours accommodate private bookings, dependant on availability. Groups can be taken on other days than listed here with a minimum of four people, or scheduled tours can be booked out for a private tour if you take all eight places. When signing up for a private tour, tours can be personalised. Request tour design ideas when booking. Corporate groups that they are best suited to are between eight and 30, with one host to a maximum of ten. They welcome any queries for specially design itineraries.
If you would like a personalised tour, please contact Hidden Secrets with specific requests, they are certain to be able to create an itinerary to suit - within our focus of a design snapshot of Melbourne. If you are unable to participate in a tour, Hidden Secrets will meet with you and personalise your options over coffee.
Hidden Secrets Tours Melbourne are the original walking tours of Melbourne's Laneways and were established in 2004.
Their heroes are the local designers, amazing cafes, and cultural diversity that Melbourne does so well.
This contemporary team of tour hosts have designed options for travellers and locals not just 'tourists', focusing on experiencing the city and all the local design talent that exists in Australia's creative hub with information that's more current than a guide book!
Half day tours are offered for first time and repeat visitors, to enjoy the life and soul of the city that's often missed.
By design Melbourne is a spectacular city to walk, so most itineraries are confined to the city centre.
Meet the independent store owners and local characters, indulge in the cafe culture, enjoy the diversity of cuisine and find the best designer shopping solutions that only Melbourne can provide!
Tour group sizes are kept to a maximum of eight to maintain an intimate experience, and will run with a minimum of two people on scheduled tour days.
Food, art, fashion and wine mixed with a little history and architectural treasures. Indulge yourself in the cultural essence of Melbourne with these must do experiences.
Hidden Secrets signature tour is the 'Lanes and Arcades' tour that is a duration of three to four hours and operates from Monday to Saturday. Other Hidden Secrets tours are Sommeliers City Walk, Art and Design Walk, A Vintage Outing and Cafe Culture Walk. Contact one of the friendly staff today for further information on these tours.
School or Private tour options are available, as well as for special events. eg: Literary Walks or French speaking tours. discover where the real Melbourne exists!
Specific tours run on different days, though special requests for private tours are welcome. Generally tours are not run on Sundays.
Monday to Saturday
Regular tours operate Monday to Saturday. Other days are available on request.
Other tours by this operator
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