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!
After the State Library we visited the grounds of Melbourne Gaol & learnt about famous Ned Kelly.
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!
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.
We then went to Hosier Lane, where we have been a few times but as the artwork changes regularly it’s never boring!
We then passed through some of the beautiful arcades, and saw David’s favourite Haighs chocolate shop & an English tea shop.
Along the way we also passed by beautiful theatres & some old trams.
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.