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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Tour

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Key Highlights

  • The perfect introduction to Marvelous Melbourne
  • Small group ensures more personal attention
  • Get the inside track on Melbourne′s best shops and eateries
  • Morning tea included
  • Option to add lunch to your tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday to Saturday


    3 - 4 hours (Based on options)

    Start time

    1000h (10:00am)
    Duration: Tour without Lunch: 3 hours
    Tour with Lunch: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Tour starts at Outside ‘Time Out’ Cafe in Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne City.
    Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Concludes at Caboose Restaurant, City Square

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Melbourne is famous for its picturesque laneways and arcades, many of them dating from Victorian times.

    Explore the maze of narrow alleys with an expert guide and discover the city’s hidden gems. Local designers, cool urban art, interesting architecture and lots of history can all be found in Melbourne’s beautiful back streets.

    Covering more than 30 stores, the walk includes morning tea, a Goodie Bag, map and a shopping guide. There is also an option to upgrade and enjoy lunch and a glass of wine after the tour.

    This urban adventure is fun for out-of-town visitors and locals alike.


    There are two options for your Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Tour

    • Excluding Lunch (3 hours)
    • With Lunch (4 hours)

    To join the tour you should meet your guide outside ‘Time Out’ Cafe in Federation Square, on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. You will then set off to explore the warren of lanes and alleys that snake their way through the city.

    Melbourne’s laneways began life as rear access to properties facing big streets. Many were later roofed as ‘arcades’ to provide refuge from the weather and crowds and to provide more space for shops. They are now an important part of the city’s heritage and are often used as the backdrop to films and TV series.

    On this indulgent morning walk you’ll visit more than 30 stores in the lanes and arcades and get all kinds of insider tips on the best cafes, specialty shops, restaurants and bars. Morning tea is provided and if you have chosen the With Lunch Option you will also enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at a restaurant after the tour.

    And there’s more! All guests will be given a Goodie Bag, map and a useful shopping guide. The tour ends at Caboose Restaurant, City Square.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English-speaking guide
    • Morning tea
    • 1-course lunch at a local restaurant with glass of wine or soft drink (With Lunch Option only)
    • Goodie bag
    • Deck of Secrets Shop Guide
    • City map


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Meals (Excluding Lunch Option only)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 12 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
    The supplier reserves the right to alter itineraries, and days of operation as required.
    Proof of age (over 18 years inclusive) must be shown to consume alcohol on any tours.
    Please carry a copy of your voucher with you

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 guests are required for this tour to operate.Tours run in all weathers