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Walking the Melbourne central business area offers such a variety of things to see, from Melbourne's architecture, the city's cultural background, its history and also 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.

No matter what age you are, these walks are thoroughly enjoyable. Most will take you past cafes or small restaurants where you can rest up and recuperate before you continue your walking adventure.

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

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Melbourne - Architecture Walks
Walking Melbourne Heritage
Arcade and 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

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

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




Inside The Royal Exhibition Building

Library At Parliament House




The Shot Tower - Melbourne Central

333 Collins Street Melbourne


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 through my travel Partner, Experience Oz.

Melbourne Walking Tour - Lanes and Arcades

melbourne-arcades-and-lanewaysArt Deco found throughout the arcades of Melbourne Australia

Experience some of Melbourne's art deco on this fun tour. Join this 3 hour walk through Melbourne's both famous and more secret lanes and arcades as your guide highlights what makes each one special; though they may be well known, their individual charm will soon become apparent.

Discover local designers and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. A little history, and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. See over 30 stores and return to those you like best in the afternoon, to help make a satisfying day of it in Marvellous Melbourne! See what makes Melbourne special firsthand - book a laneways walking tour online today.

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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 culture of the city along with a unique shopping experience for all ages.

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Queen Victoria Market Foodie Tour

As the largest open-air market found in the Southern Hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Market is the heart of Melbourne and is the one-stop destination for food, shops, culture and heritage. Whether you're visiting Melbourne or native to the city, the Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour is an amazing package to dive into the many tastes, flavours and vendors of the esteemed marketplace.

On your guided 90-minute wander through the heritage-listed market food halls, you will visit some of the Market's best food traders, indulging in an abundance of food as you go. On the menu is the freshest seafood, handmade pasta, specialty cheese, cured meats and delicious antipasto. You'll round off your visit with a glass of Victorian wine, a seasonal fruit platter and one of Melbourne's famous food icons, a hot jam doughnut.

You will discover amazing stories about the Market's history, learn secret shopping tips and get to know some of the most beloved traders who have built the Queen Victoria Market into the ultimate destination for foodies.

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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

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.

Public Art Royal Park Parkville

City Skyline View From Royal Park

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 Hop on Hop off Tour & Melbourne Zoo
Come visit the Orangutans

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See the best of Melbourne city's many highlights at your leisure plus get up close to hundreds of different animals at Melbourne Zoo with this combo pass! Save both time and money with a combined pass that gives you 24 hours' unlimited access to a city sightseeing bus that covers 23 popular stops around Melbourne and its suburbs on a double decker bus, as well as entry to one of Victoria's top wildlife attractions.

Take in Melbourne's iconic laneways, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of other essentials, pay a visit to beachside St. Kilda and much more.

Follow it up with entry to Melbourne Zoo where you can have firsthand encounters with all corners of the animal kingdom - from Sumatran Tigers to Gorillas in a special Rainforest section to native Aussie animal favourites such as koalas, kangaroos and more nestled amongst authentic Australian bush.

With over 300 species in total, it's a comprehensive wildlife attraction right in the heart of Melbourne with plenty to see and enjoy for adults and kids alike. Sightseeing and wildlife fun combine to make this a great value combo pass in Melbourne city - so book yours online today!

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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

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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