History and Laneways Tour

History and Laneways West Tour

Tour operated by: MELTours

Address: Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 04 0738 0969  |  Mobile: 0407 380 969  

Email: info@meltours.com.au
Web: meltours.com.au

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MELTours take you on a journey from the old Turning Circle where the founders first set foot in 1835 and trace the 19th Century Booms and Busts through its streets, alleys, banks and buildings. Take the 'Banks and Bullion' tour and hear how the early settlers turned the flat fields of BearBrass into a mighty 19th Century powerhouse whose wealth stunned the world.

The History and Laneways West Tour concentrates on Melbourne's history in the western side of Hoddle's Grid or the central city area. Our guides will talk about the early history going back more than the 176 years that Melbourne has been in existence what we call the 'Banks and Bullion' tour.

From the start of the tour, your guide will take you from the place where Melbourne was first established near Enterprize Park and through the old commercial side of town seeing old banks built in 19th Century boom times, ending up two hours later near Saint Paul's Cathedral.

Tour pricing information (GST included)

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Payment methods accepted

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Cancellation and booking policy

Bookings accepted for tours with 48 hours notice or more. Payment by credit card, bank transfer, PayPal or cheque. (Cash on the day where approved) Allow one week for cheque clearance. All vouchers honoured for one year.

Days of operation

Tuesday to Sunday

Departure details: 16/06/11 - 31/12/14

Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tour starting location

Immigration Museum

Mode of transport

  • Walk


  • City sightseeing
  • Guided walks


  • Walking


  • Guide


  • English

MELTours is the best walking tour company in Melbourne. MELTours offers a number of walking tours in the City of Melbourne that include laneways, bars, bicycles, bike share, shopping, Flinders Street Station tours and more! For such a young city, Melbourne has packed much into such a short period to become one of the world's greatest cities.

Do you want to make the most of your visit to Melbourne and immerse yourself in the local culture? Use the extensive knowledge of tour guides to ensure that while you are in the city, you don't miss any of the hidden laneways, shops or cafes. MELTours will make sure that after you have finished exploring the laneways of Melbourne, you will be satisfied you know more about Melbourne.

For instance, would you like to relax in a luxurious lounge while sipping a cocktail in one of Melbourne's hidden bars? Many of the great bars in Melbourne are easily overlooked if you don't already know that they exist!

The Flinders Street Station tour will surprise you with the number of stories behind the facade. Author Jenny Davies will astound you with her knowledge of the station and the people who used to work and play there.

Taking a bicycle tour will allow you to see Melbourne's Yarra River and all edges of the city from various angles. Familiarise yourself with the blue bicycles that are part of Melbourne's new Bike Share system or stay in the city laneways and experience the best shops often hidden from easy view but they will delight you nonetheless!

MELTours takes pride in giving customers what they want in a sustainable and eco-friendly walk. No noisy buses and pushy crowds! Only with MELTours will you get the best overall experience that is guaranteed.


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