Hidden Secrets Tours
Hidden Secrets Tours
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Historical & Heritage ToursWalking ToursCoffee & Tea ToursPrivate ToursFood Tours
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
We can’t wait to see you!! — Hidden Secrets Tours celebrates 20 years of operation this year, offering small group and private tours. Indulge in a vibrant city with our award winning walking tours through Melbourne's back streets and Laneways. We know our city, and it’s amazing creatives, sharing their skills, stories and insights with locals and visitors. Groups (usually up to 8) with creative our local hosts will enjoy the urban landscape that many locals miss. Discover intricacies of the past and the modern day in food and wine, fashion design, architecture, a little history and context too. Just a few hours with us and so much of the city makes more sense. If you think you know Melbourne, then think again! Our passion is Melbourne, and designing tours locals would love. Conversational 3 hour experiences are a mini escape that reveal a city of diverse influences and hidden treasures. We want you to meet Melbourne and generate your own memorable moments.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Larry R
Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The concept of this tour is amazing as there are so many hidden ally's and gems, it's the best part of Melbourne. This tour isn't bad , but it's not great, it's ok. Definitely saw some great ally's and things I would have walked by on my own. For 3 hours, most of our time was standing around and listening to way too much history. And a long time having chocolate and tea. Which was a great spot. But we saw maybe 5 ally's , there are hundreds . The area walked was way to short , the route needs to be expanded exponentially and I would have wanted to see a lot more in 3 hours . Also it's was way too expensive for a 3 hour walking tour. It should be about $40 usd or less not $88 . I would probably do it again but feel like I paid way too much by a lot. In contrast I did an ocean road tour which was about 14 hours, the entire day and we traveled over 500 km, and it was about the same price at $98. Great idea , but could be executed much better
Written 16 December 2023
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Dear Larry. We appreciate the time you have taken to share your thoughts. So pleased you liked several parts of the tour you took, though we are all saddened the disappointment you speak of. is true there are hundreds of laneways in Melbourne, we share about 15 on our award winning Lanes and Arcades walk. When designing our itinerary we try to cater for all age groups and our expert guides share city information, some historical and other more contextual information. Lucky you, your group was just 3 in the end. Our guide had enjoyed your oberstation It seems we didn’t meet your expectations of what our tour entailed, thought so good to hear you would come again. You booked our tour the night prior , perhaps we can add more information to that booking platform. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Fiona
Written 7 January 2024
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ORayE
Balwyn North, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Accompanied by friends from the UK, my husband and I were treated to a wonderful tour of Melbourne lanes and arcades. The pace of the tour was perfect, allowing time for us to take in the sights and soak up the information and anecdotes shared by Judy, our wonderful guide. Our stop-off for a chocolate morning tea was delicious. Highly recommended!
Written 14 December 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with Judy and will make sure she is aware of this. All the best and safe travels. Stefanie, HST
Written 14 December 2023
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Janice B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The tour was absolutely wonderful and so very informative. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge.
Written 9 November 2023
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Hello Janice A lovely message from you. We love hearing from guests after their tour. Thanks for these lovely words. Kind regards Fiona and the team of guides Hiddensecretstours
Written 11 November 2023
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Teacake_Taster
Chesterfield, UK1,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gentle tour through lanes and streets north of railway station. Fascinating stories by Judy and got to see areas we might not have thought about. Certainly brought Melbourne to life. Lasted about 3 hours with a coffee/chocolate break.
Written 7 November 2023
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Dear Teacake_Taster. So pleased you found the life of the city we love. Your Lanes & Arcades walk is a lovely way to see a compact warren if roads and small streets. Thanks for your generous effort of writing a review, our team really appreciate seeing these. Kind regards Fiona and the team. Hiddensecretstours
Written 11 November 2023
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Kathryn
New Hampshire54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This tour exceeded our expectations. Dee was a wonderful guide and shared her knowledge, wisdom, sense of humor and great tidbits of information. She opened our eyes to the cafes and restaurants hidden in the lanes of Melbourne...we would never even have known they existed. Our samplings were delicious, whether coffee or sweet treat and lunch was a special surprise in another hidden away restaurant.
Written 24 October 2023
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Dear Kmlein11, What a lovely message to find here, thank you so much. So very pleased you chose our Cafe Culture Walk. It’s a city full of hype on coffee, and we fell in love with to stories beyond or perhaps more those of before the hype. We are passionate about the small businesses, the people who did abd do occupy the laneways, so yes this tour is much more than the yummy tastes and coffee if that’s your drink (we have other cafe drinks to taste) We really hope you are able to keep exploring and finding more of the fabulous cafes and foodie spots of Melbourne city centre . Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts. Fiona, Dee and all the team at HST.
Written 27 October 2023
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Gina B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the tour & would highly recommend it. Getting a feel for the history
& culture from an excellent storyteller was entertaining. Judy is a gem! Her added flair & kindness added a tremendous value to our small tour group of six. Thank you Judy!
Written 13 October 2023
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Dear Gina. What a lovely tour you had, visiting North Americans , Europeans and a couple of Aussies would be an ideal tour for Judy, she is a precious member of our team - they all are - and her desire to share is as you say caring and generous. Thanks so much for taking the time to post something here. In a small business our customers help us learn daily. We probably designed the business that way, if truth be told. Judy and the team get so much from these positive comments. Thank you. Fiona and all at Hiddensecretstours
Written 14 October 2023
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Laura P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A true delight! We were traveling with friends and signed up for this on a whim! All four of us loved it. We learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the foodie spots we were taken to. We liked one so much we even re-visited the following day. What could be better than a progressive dinner through beautiful Melbourne?
Written 7 October 2023
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Dear LauraPG7126Lx A whim you say? How lovely, sometimes best moments happen this way, and I am delighted to hear its seems that’s what you had. We have some fabulous venues that share tales of returning guests, I am so pleased to hear you have been some of that group. Our visits though delicious offer just a small offering of these wonderful restaurants menus, perhaps next time we can show you our other selections, we can only fit 3 on a tour, but we have plenty of other ones that join our list. Safe onward onward travels. The team love reading the reviews our guests leave, thanks for taking the time. Kind regards Fiona and the team. Hiddensecretstours
Written 9 October 2023
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Ian F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I highly recommend this walking tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and tailored the information to the groups need.
Written 29 September 2023
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So pleased you could join the small group last week with Melinda, Ian F. As a local with other travellers from Spain and the USA I am sure the tour was a diverse observation of our city. Thanks for sharing your kind words, we really appreciate it. After 3 hours on a tour, we get to connect, and then it’s done… guest reflections really to give our team a little buzz. Happy wandering. Kind regards Fiona and the team.
Written 2 October 2023
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Nick H
Queensland, Australia144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Great variety and fun, very knowledgable guide. It opened our eyes to areas and history of Melbourne that you cannot find on your own.
Written 23 September 2023
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Dear 654nickh Thank you for your upbeat and generous review. We love to reveal the hidden secrets of our city that may just be missed. Happy wandering, we hope you return again soon. Cheers from our team Fiona of Hidden Secrets Tours
Written 27 September 2023
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Katrina
Armidale, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous walking tour. Guide was wonderful and we learnt so much about Melbourne. The
small group size was perfect and it is a great way to explore the history and hidden gems
Written 17 September 2023
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Thanks for joining us last week Katrina. So lovely to see your review pop up here. We so pleased you enjoyed your tour with Dee. We do hope you will return to Melbourne more often now:) there is always more to uncover. Cheers. Fiona and the team. Hiddensecretstours
Written 17 September 2023
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