Free Walking Tour of Melbourne

A few weeks back we decided to do a ‘free’ walking tour of Melbourne with ‘I’m Free walking tours.’  The idea being that you tip the guide, as much as you think the tour was worth (we gave around $50 for the two of us)! The tours run in Sydney and Melbourne at weekends, twice daily and last around 3 hours.  The tour started outside the State Library of Victoria in the city centre, about 5 mins walk from Bourke Street Mall.  Our guide was a Melbournian & was very knowledgable, hence the tip!

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Statue of Sir Raymond Barry at State Library     of Victoria

After the State Library we visited the grounds of Melbourne Gaol & learnt about famous Ned Kelly.

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From there made our way towards the Royal Exhibition Building, which was beautiful & surrounded by parklands & had a gorgeous fountain out the front.  A few weeks later we took a tour of this, so more to come on that later!

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Nice church

Luckily we got a gorgeous sunny day for the tour, and on the way back towards the city, we went down laneways to discover bars such as the Science Bar & the Berlin Bar (which we hope to visit before we leave Melbourne), we saw more street art along the way, as well as passing through China Town.

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China Town Melbourne

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Berlin Bar

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Cool bar at Stevenson Lane

We then went to Hosier Lane, where we have been a few times but as the artwork changes regularly it’s never boring!

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Melbourne’s laneways

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Just hanging at Hosier Lane

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We then passed through some of the beautiful arcades, and saw David’s favourite Haighs chocolate shop & an English tea shop.

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Beautiful arcade

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Along the way we also passed by beautiful theatres & some old trams.

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Princess Theatre

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Old trams of Melbourne

The tour finished close to Fed Square, at the Arts building. All in all, I would definitely recommend this tour if you are visiting Melbourne.

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