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The central business district of Melbourne offers such a variety of things to see, from Melbourne's architecture, the city's cultural background, its history and its parks and gardens.

Because Melbourne is relatively flat, these walking Melbourne experiences are easy for all ages and with such a variety of things to see there is something for everybody.

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Because the selection of walks is extensive, I have divided the page into sections for your convenience.

Just click onto a topic that interests you for more information and if you want to discover more topics just click the 'Top' button on the right hand corner to continue exploring the list.

Melbourne - Architecture Walks

Walking Melbourne Heritage

Arcade/Laneway Walks

Walking Melbourne Parks and Gardens Walks

Street Art Walks

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Walking Melbourne Architecture


The Melbourne CBD has undergone, and still is undergoing, significant reconstruction, remodelling and renovation over the years since it was first settled in 1835.

Quite a few of the old, Victorian era, historical buildings have been lovingly preserved and have become a part of Melbourne's unique architecture.

The CBD also boasts some extremely unique and attractive modern day architecture. Both forms complement each other to create a visually fascinating walking Melbourne experiences.

Some of Melbourne's oldest buildings you can explore on a Melbourne Architecture walk are ...

  • The Royal Exhibition Building
  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Scotts Church
  • Windsor Hotel
  • Old Rialto Buildings
  • Manchester Unity Building
  • Melbourne Town Hall

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Photograph taken by Diliff and edited by Ian Fieggen (Image:Royal_exhibition_building_tulips.jpg) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Melbourne Town Hall St Pauls
By Geoff Penaluna from Australia (Melbourne Town Hall) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


When walking Melbourne and you can't help but notice the high skyscrapers and uniquely designed modern architecture such as ...

  • 530 Collins Street
  • Federation Square
  • Eureka Tower
  • The Rialto Towers
  • Melbourne Hyatt Hotel
  • Buildings on Sothbank
  • Buildings on the Melbourne Docklands

YVE Apartment in St. Kilda Rd
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WTC Wharf from South Wharf, Docklands, Melbourne
By Alpha from Melbourne, Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Melbourne Heritage Walks


Truly an exciting and informative walk has to be a Melbourne Heritage walk. With so much history on every street corner you will enjoy wandering the alleyways and avenues and peeping into Melbourne's History.

Some of Melbourne's Heritage Buildings are ...

City Baths

General Post Office

Government House

National Gallery of Victoria

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Magistrates' Court

Old Treasury Building

Parliament House

Queen Victoria Women's Centre (formerly Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital)

Russell Street Police Headquarters (former)

Royal Exhibition Building

Shrine of Remembrance

State Library of Victoria







Explore some of Melbourne's beautiful art deco, world famous and so unique. The stained glass, the art deco tiles and building facades are a photographer's delight. Either take off on your own self guided walking Melbourne tour or experience a more professionally and well informed guided tour with my travel Partner, Viator.

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Discover the Culture of Melbourne

Trace the history of Australia's cultural capital, hear stories about traditional landowners, Australia's European settlement and learn about the immigration and migrant policies.

Explore Melbourne’s famed laneways; familiarise yourself with some of Melbourne’s iconic architecture, including Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Flinders Street Station. So much more to experience on this tour.

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Melbourne's World Famous Art Deco 

Discover Melbourne’s fascinating art deco architecture on this small-group, 3-hour walking tour.

Learn about the history and culture of Melbourne while admiring fine examples of the city’s most famous art deco buildings.

Learn fascinating details about the tiles, patterns, and designs that were popular in the 1930s etc 

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Melbourne Archade and Laneway Walks

The central business district of Melbourne is dotted with laneways intertwining the major streets and city shopping sections and filled with cafes and unique boutiques.

Some of these arcades are small secreted away places only to be discovered by chance or you can experience these with the help of a well informed  guide. Walking Melbourne and the city's arcades provides a unique look into the cafe cukture of the city along with a unique shopping experience for all ages.




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Hardware Lane

Want to enjoy a more structured walking Melbourne experience? Then why not try these Melbourne Arcade and Laneway tours I have selected from Viator, each different in format and guide. 

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Melbourne's Hidden Gems

Explore Melbourne on an afternoon small-group walking tour. Your expert, local guide will help you unearth Melbourne's unique hidden gems as you wander through the city streets, laneways, historic arcades.

You'll also learn about the city's history and the events that have shaped Melbourne.

You'll visit the designer hub of Flinders Lane, Chinatown and the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street


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Melbourne's Old World Charm

Discover the secrets and hidden treasures of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades on this small-group walking tour.

Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of this cosmopolitan city, visit local artisans and up and coming fashion designers.

Join the café society and soak up the atmosphere of old world charm. 

Wander through the famed Royal Arcade, steeped in old-world charm and grace, and if time permits visit Hosier Lane. 

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Melbourne City Council offers a FREE self guided walking Melbourne tour map for those of you who would prefer to do your own thing. It can be found here at Arcades and Lanes. You can download the PDF version which includes the map with the points of interest marked on it or the Word version with just the itinerary set out.

Melbourne Parks and Gardens Walks


Melbourne boasts some beautiful parks and gardens, some right in the heart of the city such as the Alexander Gardens and the Royal Botanical Garden, whilst others are found on the outskirts of the central business district, for example Albert Park Lake and Royal Park in Parkville.

Walks through or around any of these parks are easy and accessible with most of them on flat stable surfaces.

One such world famous track is The Tan. This walking Melbourne track runs parallel to the Royal Botanical Gardens fence and is used by joggers, runners and walkers. The outlook is beautiful as the Yarra River flows along beside the track and the views of the Melbourne Skyline can be seen from any point.

Walking The Tan




Walking Albert Park Lake

Melbourne's Zoo makes for an exciting walk taking in all the native animals of Australia as well as exotic species from allover the world. The zoo is easily accessible with public transport. Royal Park, on the outskirts of the city, is stretched over 181 acres and it houses a 5km walking track surrounding the parklands.

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City Skyline View From Royal Park

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The city of Melbourne also offers a great self guided walking Melbourne map here at a walk in the park with the PDF version displaying all the points of interest and other tips and suggestions. The Word version sets out the itinerary with the same tips and other interesting information.

Melbourne Street Art Walks

Melbourne boasts some of the best Street Art and most of this can be found painted on the city's arcade buildings and walls. The concept of 'Stencil art' has educated the public as to what street art represents. The art form is now considered to be world class and worthy of the acclaim it attracts.

No longer classified as graffiti, Melbourne's street art has become a tourist attraction to the public with new pieces being displayed and new venues springing up throughout the city and the suburbs and walking Melbourne discovering these new art pieces has become a popular thing to do.

Walk the avenues and laneways of this fair city or if you prefer to experience a professional guided tour you will receive an education as well as a wonderful insight into what street art is really all about.

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Authentic Street Artist Street Art Tour

Melbourne Street Art Tours showcase the best of Melbourne's laneways and street art.

As the tours are run entirely by street artists, they offer an authentic view into this underground art scene.

Learn all about the stories behind the artists and the works, finishing up at the famous Blender Studios where you are treated to a cheese platter and drinks and have the opportunity to meet the studio artists.


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Discover Artist's Secret Codes / Lifstyles

On this 2.5-hour walking tour you will delve into the cities popular hotspots and discover what it takes to be a graffiti/street artist.

Discover the secret codes and lifestyles of a street artist as you learn about their techniques (fat caps) and the authority (fat cats) of the area.


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Head on into the Part 2 of Walking Melbourne for more suggestions. Part 2 gives you 5 more excellent ideas on where to explore my hometown. Walks that are easy for me and therefore very easy for you to enjoy.

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