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Get to know the secrets of Melbourne and beyond with eight of the best tours

Article by Homes to Love

You’ve arrived in Melbourne and eaten your way through the many cafes, enjoyed a cocktail at a laneway bar and feel you’ve done it all – but there are plenty of tours that will show you another side of Melbourne and its regions


Eight of the best Melbourne tours

Be taken through some of Melbourne’s most famous back streets and hidden nooks with the Hidden Secrets – Laneways and Arcades Tour. Experience a side of Melbourne only known to locals and people in the know.

Love your sports? The MCG and National Sports Museum tour is a cricket bat-swing away from the city centre. Immerse your family in sporting history, channel your best Benaud in the commentary boxes, see a 3D Shane Warne, and let your kids realise their dreams by stepping onto the hallowed turf.

Shop in style with Melbourne Shopping Experiences and let the experts take the guesswork out of finding the best boutiques and the most sought-after sales to suit your style. Join a small group to venture down laneways to pop-ups, down back streets to warehouses, and to shopping strips brimming with accessory, bag and shoe shops, plus discount outlets.

See Melbourne through a sporting lens with Melbourne Sports Tours and discover what makes this sports-mad city’s heartbeat. Join a small group or book a private tour and go behind the scenes of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sporting venues. You’re bound to be recounting your expert guide’s ‘off-the-record’ sporting tales for years to come.

Do the smart thing and let the Australian Wine Tour Company do the driving to the Yarra Valley, otherwise known as Melbourne’s food and wine paradise. Book a private tour or join a small group and follow a wine wizard guide on an adventure to some of Victoria’s best wineries, local produce providers and award-winning restaurants.

The Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour is an irresistible option for discovering the city’s food culture. Let a food-loving guide lead you to the best stalls, tell you about the surprising history, and uncover specialties sold by iconic market traders.

Everybody loves having that ‘wine’ friend who always knows what to buy, taste or take home. That friend in the Yarra Valley – just an hour from Melbourne – is wine legend James Halliday, who has put together this locals’ tour to reveal some lesser-known wine gems. Take the James Halliday Trail and you can be that friend to your mates.

Set out on the trail to end all trails and join the producers, tipplers and connoisseurs having a terrific time in the Yarra Valley on the  Cider and Ale Trail . Hops have been grown in the region since the 1800s, and they’ve been making cider for generations, too. Venture down back roads to meet the makers and sample their show-stopping small batch brews.

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