To begin today’s tour, you will be met at your Melbourne CBD accommodation at approximately 10:00am. From your accommodation, your private local guide will assist you to seek out the best local coffee to gain a special insight into Melbourne’s #1 cultural obsession: the perfect roast.
This is the perfect time for your guide to get to know your tastes and interests – so that they can ensure the day best reflects what you want to see and do.
After your guide has been able to determine what interests you the most, you will set off on a tour of inner Melbourne, taking the time to get your bearings geographically and historically. The labyrinth of vibrant laneways and arcades that weave amongst the city can often be dauting to explore on your own, but with your knowledgeable local guide leading the way you will be able to discover unknown boutiques shops, bars and restaurants.
Once your exploration of Melbourne’s inner city has concluded it will be time to begin the journey outward to the local boroughs – a veritable playground for those who know how best to unearth the hidden secrets. Nearby Carlton bears the marks of many migrant communities that have called it home over the many years. This is the perfect opportunity to sample fresh buffalo mozzarella in little Italy, or taste freshly made gelato straight from the beater.
Venturing further north of the city will bring you to Fitzroy and Collingwood, where the working-class origins have transformed this area into one of the most creative and innovative suburbs in Australia. With the help of your guide, you will discover many small independent businesses pushing to be at the forefront of Australian history. Your guide will direct you to a specialty coffee roastery that doubles as a cellar door and to a local street art gallery.
Lunch will be at a neighbourhood eatery – a strong favourite amongst the local – with the casual café dining providing a world class experience. This is a fantastic opportunity to further connect and learn about your guide and the city of Melbourne.
After lunch your guide will drive the short distance across the Yarra River, taking you through the sport and cultural hot spots. You will also have the opportunity to drive past stunning urban parks and 19th Century architecture. Eventually you will wind up at St Kilda where you will have plenty of opportunity to explore this bayside bohemian borough.
Your tour will conclude after a slice of cake to dream about, a cup of tea and chatting away with your new-found friend/guide. You will be returned to your Melbourne accommodation around 4:00pm, inspired and empowered for some solo exploration.