From boozy founders to the bushrangers of the 21st century, visitors on the Drinking History Tour will hear the stories and learn about the people that made Melbourne so unique including famous murderers, exclusive clubs owners, feminist icons, Chinese gold miners and much more. Pegged to be more than just a bar crawl, the tour combines the best of both worlds; the history, culture and insight of a walking tour, with the fun and socialisation – minus the hangover. The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000, 0402 242 982
Led by personal stylists, Fashion by Foot takes shoppers on a retail journey to meet Melbourne-based designers in Melbourne, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Collingwood. On the tour, shoppers will have the opportunity to discover and go behind the scenes of micro-sized businesses that design and produce exceptional, indie and bespoke clothing and accessories. The walking tours run exclusively once a month retailing at $185 per person and shopping is optional, if they can resist. 219 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, 0488 440 511
Carnivores wanting to sample a meat-free world can sign up to the Melbourne Vegan Tours. The tour offers visitors – vegans and non-vegans alike - a journey of discovery of delicious vegan dishes served by passionate people. Tours offered include Melbourne and surrounding neighbourhoods like Fitzroy, Collingwood, St Kilda. Mornington Peninsula is also offered as a day tour alternative. Level 1, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, 0459 921 369
Doggies can now bark with delight as they can get a “paw-fect” day out in Fitzroy, one of Melbourne’s well-loved neighbourhoods, with Fitzroy Dog Adventures. The tour specialises in intimate group of 6 off-leash dog adventures, with over 30 different locations, from exploring beaches, mountains, rivers, parklands to lakes with other well-socialised dogs with great temperaments. Other value-add tour options are available – choosing either a photo shoot and/or a video as a souvenir of the adventure. 40 Gore St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 0401 361 294
A group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design in this city have banded together to offer Melbourne Architours. A walking tour built on passion and enthusiasm to share and to generate discussion about the built environment, the tour invites visitors to learn about Melbourne’s evolution through its building fabric. The walking tour is followed by a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to continue the discussion of the city and its architecture. 509/60 Speakmen Street Kensington VIC 3031, 0430 389 740
Dead but not forgotten, Paranormal tourism is thriving in the old city of Williamstown with Lantern Ghost Tours. Setting off from Nelson Place, the tour explores King William's Town, the original capital of Victoria, by lamp light. Steeped with history, apparitions, alleyways and lager - it was once a thriving town full of colourful ladies, drunken sailors and convicts. Guests will visit the state’s oldest (abandoned) morgue, forgotten burial grounds, hidden laneways and Australia's Timeball Tower in Victoria's most historic seaport. Pre-tour dinner option is available at the historic and haunted Steampacket Hotel. 12/16 Parker St, Williamstown VIC 3016, 1300 390 119
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