A trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without joining a walking tour and discovering its best-kept secrets. With so many sights to see, it’s best to plan a walking tour and include as many destinations as you can in your itinerary. Here are some ideas if you’re planning to explore vibrant Melbourne by foot.
Discover art at the city’s back lanes
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Love art, but roaming inside a stuffy museum isn’t your thing? Then join an art tour that includes a trek along popular architectural wonders and public art displays. With the help of a local guide, you’ll learn the city’s ins and outs, the stories, and the inspiration behind some of Melbourne’s best street art displays. Make sure to check out the city’s back lanes that serve as impromptu galleries for murals, graffiti, posters, paintings, and other art installations. After you’ve had your fill of street art, head to any of the quirky cafes and trinket stores along the back streets and catch your breath as you sip a cup of hot coffee or shop for souvenirs.
Find the best bargains with a shopping tour
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Whatever your budget is, you can shop your heart out with a shopping tour at the Queen Victoria Market. From designer boutiques to factory outlets, you’re sure to find a good bargain. A shopping tour along Harbour Town is also a must. This shopping mecca offers some of the best bargains in the city with its outlet stores offering lower-than-regular prices. For local brands without the hefty price tags, Richmond’s Bridge Road is the place to be. Brands that sell their goods at clearance prices include Portmans, Zu, and Anthea Crawford. Another place worth checking out when on a shopping tour is Smith Street, the perfect destination if you’re on the hunt for bargain-priced quality outdoor clothing and accessories.
Get that perfect shot with a photography/walking tour
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See Melbourne in a different light by joining a local photography/walking tour. Under the supervision of an experienced guide/photographer, you’ll learn how to use light and frame a picture for that perfect shot. You do all this while discovering the city’s best sights. Tours usually take three hours, so be sure to wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes. If you prefer a self-guided photography/walking tour, be sure to include these in your itinerary: Fitzroy Gardens, Flinders St. Station, and the State Library of Victoria. All these landmarks can serve as the perfect subject or backdrop for your next masterpiece.
Going on a walking tour will take a toll on your feet, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It’s best to book ahead for guided walking tours because they get sold fast during the peak season. If you’re flying to Melbourne, be sure to book for a cheap Melbourne airport parking and save on transportation expenses. Planning on spending an entire day on different group walking tours along the city? Get a cheap car rental so you can conveniently drive to and from the next meeting place.