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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Melbourne Private Tour

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Melbourne from a unique perspective! Get to know Melbourne on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, with city highlights, hidden gems, storytelling, and a local treat - this tour has it all!

Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Melbourne at its best but from the eyes of a local. Check out main landmarks like Chinatown, Block Arcade, National Gallery of Victoria and uncover hidden gems and city secrets with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. And the cherry on top, a local treat is included.

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

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  • What's included :
    • Private Tour
    • Local Guide
    • 1 local drink/tasting
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Yarra River, Southbank Promenade, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Walk alongside Melbourne’s Yarra River on the Crown Riverwalk, admire the skyline; see the tallest buildings, art installations along the way.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Southbank Promenade, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

    See first of two bridges crossing the Yarra to the other side to Flinders Street Station and more in this private tour.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Eureka Skydeck, 7 Riverside Qy Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia

    Pass nearby Eureka Tower, tallest building in Melbourne at present.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Southbank Footbridge, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

    The second bridge is the Southbank Footbridge with the curved beam that towers over the bridge.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Princes Bridge, Swanston Street St Kilda Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

    Princes Bridge was designed by Jenkins, D'Ebro and Grainger and constructed in 1886-88 by David Munro.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia

    Arts Centre, Melbourne, a complex of distinct venues, Hamer Hall, Playhouse Theatre, State Theatre, Fairfax Studio and Galleries and the Australian Music Vault are next on your list.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Australian Music Vault, 100 St Kilda Rd Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia

    Surround yourself with Australian music memorabilia in this private tour.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 8006 Australia

    Next door, you will enter the National Gallery of Victoria for a brief visit to see the world’s largest stained glass ceiling by Simon Fieldhouse.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Cross over St Kilda Road, to the right is Kings Domain and beyond is the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, named after the founder of the Myer Emporium Department Store founder.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Flinders Street Station, Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Flinders Street Station, opened 1910, French Renaissance architecture, it covers two city blocks, the first railway station in an Australian city and the world’s busiest passenger station in the late 1920s.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Young and Jackson's Hotel, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Heritage listed, hence only site saved from demolition for metro works and some other interesting history lays behind this magnificent building.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St Paul's Cathedral, Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Gothic cathedral built 1880-91. An Anglican cathedral, church of the Diocese of Melbourne and the seat of the Archbishop of Melbourne.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Next it's Hosier Lane, a bluestone laneway notable for its quality, sophisticated Urban Street Art, often political and controversial, it changes frequently.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: ACDC Lane, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Named as a tribute to Australian rock band AC/DC lane has lots of great story and art behind.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Cross Collins Street and through the Block Arcade, opened in 1892 and considered one of the late Victorian era’s finest shopping arcades.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Bourke Street Mall, Bourke Street Jodhpur Rajasthan, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    This is a pedestrian and no smoking mall, the heart of Melbourne with our two major department stores David Jones and Myer.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Chinatown, Chinatown, Melbourne, Victoria

    Chinatown is next, a distinctive and well known area of Melbourne which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Meyers Place Bar, Shop 7 24 Crossley Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    You will walk along a few blocks over Russell and Exhibition Streets and turn right at Crossley Lane and back to Bourke Street to Pellegrini’s Bar, another Melbourne institution, co-owned and started by the late and great Sisto Malsapina.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Parliament House of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

    Continuing left along Bourke Street a couple minutes to the end and you will come to Spring Street with the imposing Parliament House, one of Melbourne’s best known landmarks, the meeting place for the Parliament of Victoria at the end of the Hoddle Grid

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Hear all the stories including the one that states that the theatre is haunted by a friendly ghost, Federici. Many of the world’s most successful productions have been staged here, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Mamma Mia!

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
    Return Detail :
    The Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Private tour: only you & your local guide
    • CO2 Neutral: all tours carbon emissions are offset
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Post Covid-19 regulations are applied to this product with regards to the number of participants, delivery methods of the tour and content of the tour.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-24380P1199

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