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by Dayna Chu (subscribe)
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Published October 26th 2014
See the Melbourne 'only locals know'
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You won't find these hidden gems in your guide books, and you won't mistake your Detours guide for a Tourism Victoria employee. Sassy and smart, Sophie knows her stuff, and it's more than gloss and gossip about the World's Favourite City.
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Laneways and arcades of one Detour

Sophie met us for our Melbourne 101 tour at Fed Square. Our two-and-a-half hour tour was a comfortable mix of facts, stories, conversation with her, and plenty of time for conversation with each other. A great balance of stopping and going, we covered about four kilometres total.

Hidden lanes, back-alley bars and boutiques off the beaten path, Melbourne is the quintessential "locals' town." Go on a Detour for the best "back ways" and short cuts, the urban legends, mysteries, and historical facts to know Melbourne like a local.

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Chuckle Park laneway cafe/pub
Daily Briefing:
An inside scoop and a nudge in the right direction to explore on your own).
Where: Fair Trader Cafe, 11 Exhibition Street
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 11am
How Much: $25
How Long: 1 Hour

Melbourne 101:
Where: Meet outside 7-11 at Fed Square.
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 12.15.
How Much: $50
How Long: 2.5 Hours

Dirty Little Secrets:
(Underbelly night tour)
Where: Meet outside 7-11 at Fed Square
When: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm
How Much: $50
How Long: 2.5 Hours
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Art by Bankse (left); Ghost bike cum cafe menu; 'smallest cafe in Melbourne' (upper right); arcade, and Croft Al art (lower right).

Tourist in your own town? Visiting for a while? Starting Uni in the New Year? Take a Detour.

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Why? See the Melbourne only locals know
When: Varies as noted
Phone: 61 4 0131 7152 Email:
Where: Various meeting points, Melbourne 101 meets at at Fed Square
Cost: From $25
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