Laneways of Melbourne Tour
Laneways of Melbourne Tour
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Discover the secrets of Melbourne's unique and exciting laneways. All paying tour participants receive a copy of the popular book, 'Laneways of Melbourne'.The 2.5 hour walking tour travels through Melbourne's street-art lanes, viewing buildings with magnificent architecture, fashionable boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafes, chocolate and coffee shops.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Helen D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Thanks San for a wonderful introduction to Melbourne. My daughter and I really enjoyed your commentary and history. I’ve shown a few of our Melbourne friends some things they’d not noticed before!
Written 19 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Melbourne''s laneways are rewarding to explore. The laneways connect the Hoddle Grid to the city, and offer shortcuts to the knowledgeable. Apart from the ubiquitous street art, there are other interesting things such as AC/DC Lane, which celebrates Australia's best-known hard rock band. Chrissy Amphlett Lane is another highlight. She was a blues singer who died young. Dame Edna Lane has many fans, who love this "housewife superstar."
Written 12 March 2023
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Ian S
Wagga Wagga, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Just a couple of days in Melbourne. A train trip to Southern Cross, the Savoy Hotel across the road and the myriad trams in that inner section of the city are free. So why not? We love the hotel because it has what we want and its position means that we don’t have to drive.
Our purpose was non-existent until we found a guided tour of the Laneways of Melbourne. We were immediately interested and had intended just to ramble but the Laneways thoroughly absorbed us. We booked and shortly after, San the tour guide, rang us and thanked us even before we received the other information.
The tour was essentially from 10am until 1pm (approximately). On reflection it was centred on a square kilometre around Melbourne on the city side of Flinders Street Railway Station. San covered all manner of matters: Melbourne’s Indigenous history (much appreciated), its colonial history (of which we had a sketchy “NSW”-knowledge!), the gold rushes (yes of course many Australian families had their beginnings there), the Depressions (1890s, 1930s preserve us O Great Reserve Bank (RBA)), the geology (never thought about it), land use, churches (always the churches), the architecture, the people including the street people and of course the street art ... the laneways
San was wonderful. Adaptable, edging the tour in many directions; he was clearly summing us up: minimal interest in modern music and pop, a passing interest only in churches and church things but keenly interested in the driving sociology of the city. That’s what we think of ourselves at least.
It was a splendid few hours and there were two quite stunning coincidences. The first was as we waited for 10am, standing looking from St Pauls Cathedral across Flinders Street Station to the “new” (to us) beyond, the sun was streaming directly on the Eureka Building, a bit ‘buried’ in the wisps of white clouds scudding around. Suddenly vapour trails (presume) emerged in quite a mystical and wondrous way (see Eureka Building phot0 attached photo). The second was towards the end when San said, “Gooday Merv” and proceeded to have a brief discussion with Merv Hughes, a mountain of man. For non-believers, Hughes was a key Australian cricketer, a notorious fast bowler, loveable, a scoundrel of Australian cricket for many years; a captain’s “go-to”. San and Merv are finalising a cricket lovers’ tour that was then in doubt (it did proceed).
San, we were told by street people we passed, was the very best tour guide of Melbourne, and we can believe that. Merv added, “He never shuts up!”; maybe Merv, but he has bountiful knowledge and fluent stories that we thought were well worth the fee we paid. St Pauls in all its glory with the Jerram’s “Gaia”, an internally lit seven metre balloon, 2.1 million times smaller than “our Earth” that spins its earth-cycle every four minutes almost over the altar, St Pauls with and without its spires (San’s photo most worthy of note), the laneways with the jaw dropping street art framed contradictorily in the detritus of life, and finally, the art deco remnants of Melbourne-town. That’s overlooking the awe of the golden streaks joining the sun, that giver of light, reflecting, refracting from the Eureka Building at 10am, and of course Merv, a bold screen filler of many bygone cricket-days, even when warming up before disturbing the opposition by hurling a cricket ball towards them; a mass movement indeed.
Suffice to say that the arrangements and connections were efficient and easy from go to whoa, the walk left us tired by gleeful and even stunned. We had relatively recently enjoyed a walking Tour of Paris and a private walking tour of Lisbon a few years later. We commend the notion of guided and personal tours and were simply lucky to have San to ourselves on this occasion. We stumbled on sights we would never have seen.
Thank you, San. Beautifully done and we highly commend the experience to others.
Google found me Things to do in Melbourne and Laneways of Melbourne in seconds. So pleased we did.
Written 10 June 2022
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Hemingway13
Wollongong4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
There's nothing better than learning about Melbourne from a seasoned, intelligent, knowledgeable local who loves Melbourne, but who also has a deep knowledge of how Melbourne evolved from its roots to become the even more Marvellous Melbourne it is today. With the guide Kathy, you get history, architecture, culture and art all packed into an entertaining 2.5 hours. Highly recommended.
Written 25 April 2022
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Salty Seadog
Sydney34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
My wife and I participated in the Melbourne laneway tours hosted by Kathy. Exceptional tour with deep local knowledge (how Kathy remembers all the names and dates is just amazing). In all years we've visited Melbourne, we've walked past 75% of the tour highlights without knowing they existed. Well worth the booking.
Written 18 April 2022
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Lou P
Victoria, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
The history of the area was very good. San was very knowledgeable and entertaining with his stories. He showcased the artwork in the lanes as well the arcades.
Written 7 April 2022
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GinaMMammone
Kew, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Absolutely loved this experience with San. We learned so much of the rich history of Melbourne that we didn’t know and the opportunity to spend the day in the city and absorb the vibe, looking up instead of eye level and really appreciate the buildings and places we never knew were there. Thanks to San for his knowledge and just being a genuinely lovely guy to spend the morning with.
Written 2 December 2021
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jgzjgul
Maitland, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had a great Saturday morning tour with San,
saw a lot of places you would have buckley's chance of finding yourself
Written 16 February 2020
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Gaye S
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A fantastic well organised tour. Kathy was so knowledgeable and gave us a great insight of how the people of Melbourne lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The laneways and arcades were very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone.
Written 20 January 2020
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Pstok
Geelong, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Having lived near Melbourne for most of my life it was a delight to get a new insight into the capital city through our tour guide, Kathy’s, knowledge and understanding of the history and development of Melbourne. Street art, boutique galleries, hidden shops and other gems were all brought to our notice in the two and half hour stroll. I warmly recommend this tour.
Written 15 November 2019
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