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Hidden Secrets Tours

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Address: 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9663 3358
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09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Melbourne's Original Laneway Walking Tours. Indulge in a vibrant city with...

Melbourne's Original Laneway Walking Tours. Indulge in a vibrant city with our Award winning walking tours through Melbourne's back streets and Laneways. Small groups, with creative local hosts enjoy the urban landscape that many locals miss. Discover intricacies of the past and the modern day in food and wine, fashion design, architecture and so much more. A city of entrepreneurs, both then and now, discover with us their stories and spaces. Just a few hours with us and so much of the city makes more sense. If you think you know Melbourne, then think again!

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US$74.45*
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
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Melbourne Food and Wine Small-Group Walking Tour
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Melbourne Cafe and Coffee Culture Walking Tour

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Make this a must do activity while in Melbourne

Fantastic morning being taken round all the lanes and arcades in Melbourne. Our guide Danae was brilliant - friendly, full of information and useful hints and tips about a city... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Anne B
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Castletown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour leader Sarah gave us an Excellent behind- the-scenes tour showing a hidden side of Melbourne. Well- paced to cater for age range of participants and well-sited hot chocolate (delicious) and lunch (very tasty) locations. We were shown plenty of places that will be worth a second visit and ideas for places to see that were not on the route.... More 

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Castletown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic morning being taken round all the lanes and arcades in Melbourne. Our guide Danae was brilliant - friendly, full of information and useful hints and tips about a city she obviously loves. It's a walking tour of part of the city - we had already walked down some of the streets without realising all these little lanes and arcades... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met our guide, Sean and went off in our small group, exploring the lanes and arcades in Melbourne. We wandered through the alleyways and saw a variety of street art, galleries, cafes, and shops that we would likely have missed, had we been on our own. Sean was an excellent guide, sharing the history of this dynamic, ever changing... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear 2XNtrik - I have passed to on to Sean, and he was so pleased you enjoyed his tour. We are pretty lucky here as Sean and several other guides with is have been part of our team for over 5 years. We so very appreciate the time you have taken to write this, but also to share your thoughts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had one day in Melbourne and Hidden Secrets Tours was recommended to us. We were so happy that we booked with this company for a walking tour. It was excellent and we did not want it to end. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared her love of Melbourne. It is a must do tour when visiting Melbourne.... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Marc P Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review here, and wow, one day in Melbourne, we hope you are back soon, there are always new places and stories to uncover. The Hot Chocolate is pretty fabulous if thats what you have, I cant have any more after 13 years.. might have to roll... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and me had booked ourselves into a small group walking tour yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. Our young guide Sean was a really nice and knowledgable tour guide who took us both (and one additional nice Australian lady from Melbourne) to 3 venues. All venues offered not only a great local insight in the wines and food... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Chris G What a great read is your review, we really do appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. One of the amazing things as guides for this tour is that there is often such interesting conversation time. We have plenty of information to share, but the clients opportunity to observe and share is part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

What an awesome way to spend 3 hours. Got such a great insite into the lanes, alleyways and history of Melbourne CBD. Variety of tastings were great with morning tea and lunch in places I would never have found. Delicious lunch. Catie was a delightful tour guide and very patient and insiteful. Highly recommended this for the coffee lovers out... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Fiona B. How lovely to read your enjoyment of our Cafe Culture Walk that you did with Caity. This tour covers a different area than the Lanes and Arcades walk, so we are pleased you still enjoyed the other different laneways we include in this itinerary. We are glad you think the coffee lovers will enjoy, and we know... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Our guide, Rachel, was an excellent story-teller and really brought Melbourne to life. She was patient with the group as we took photos and we even enjoyed a lovely hot chocolate in the QVB. This is such a great, detailed introduction to Melbourne. Can't recommend highly enough!

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear MMC0408 We just love to hear what and how our guest enjoyed on their walk with us. We always have the reviews shared as a team each week, and Rachael was pleased to have your praise. The Hot chocolate in the Royal Arcade is pretty fabulous, and as a Melbourne business it makes it easy to have them as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Over the years I have realized that a great way to get introduced to a city is to take a walking tour and this was an excellent one. Our tour guide was a Melbourne native and very knowledgeable about the area and clearly passionate about sharing her love of the area. And such an interesting area it is! We got... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Owner at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Kim J Thank you so much for writing a note here on Trip Advisor. We were pleased to be able to add you in to our group, as though we expected you the next day, we could see there had been a glitch somewhere, and though we and the agents we work with do so much to prevent these... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We did two tours with Hidden Secrets, the Hidden Arcades and Lanes with Louisa and the Cafe and Coffee Culture with Katie, and had a fantastic time on both of them. The guides are extremely friendly and knowledgable, and offered many recommendations. Katie even made a dinner reservation for us which was very kind of her to do. We would... More 

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Sue, How wonderful you were able to join us for both our Cafe Culture Walk and Lanes and Arcades Walk - both walks offering a different perspective of Melbourne. We also loved reading you enjoyed a wonderful time with both guides and hopefully we will see you back in Melbourne again in the future. - The team at Hidden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We took our UK cousins on a Laneways and Arcades Hidden Secrets Tour and we Melbournians got just as much enjoyment form it as they did. Luisa, our guide, showed us so many wonderful and surprising parts of Melbourne. Loved it!

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HiddenSecrets, Manager at Hidden Secrets Tours, responded to this review

Dear Nina M, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience on our Lanes and Arcades Walk. We do agree - this walk is a wonderful opportunity for not only first time visitors to become acquainted with our city, but also for locals to discover something new in our wonderful city. - The team at Hidden Secrets... More 

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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