Last Saturday I was invited by the team at No Fixed Address to attend the pilot version of their brand new 'Pride of Old Fitzroy' tour. The aim of No Fixed Address is to tell the stories and show the sights not featured on postcards.
The company got its start through a Crowdfunding campaign (view the page here) last year and has come a long way since. Apart from offering a unique view of Melbourne, what makes No Fixed Address so different is the charitable mission behind the tours.
All the tour guides have experienced some form of homelessness in their lives; who better to tell the stories of the streets than those who have really lived on them?
This concept comes together brilliantly; the guides are full of knowledge on not only the background of Melbourne's city streets and buildings but also the socio-economic and cultural backgrounds of pretty much everything we saw.
Tour guide Peter taking the group through the history of Edinburgh gardens
The tour group met up near Clifton Hill station at 10am to slap on some extra sunscreen and meet and greet our tour guides and group. We were given well-detailed maps of where the walk would lead us and then it was off to explore...
We began by walking through Clifton Hill learning some interesting facts about Hoddle Street and the story behind the United Kingdom Hotel:
United Kingdom Hotel - now Clifton Hill McDonalds - was designed by architect James Wardrop and constructed in 1937.
From there, we went on to see great old heritage listed houses:
Our main tour guide Mark with some Fitzroy Street Art. Mark spent nearly a decade living on the streets and has devoted the past 3 years to working with homeless men and women and championing their Human Rights, his many stories will both chill and inspire you.
I could go on and on about this experience - but I don't want to give too much away. In short; if you're looking for a fun and fascinating way to spend an afternoon outdoors then go on the Pride of Old Fitzroy tour and discover a place with no fixed address. . .
The Pride of Old Fitzroy tour runs for 3 hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. My advice is to wear comfortable shoes and make sure to bring water and sunscreen along with you.
In keeping with the charitable mission of No Fixed Address Tours, the guides are paid 65% of all ticket sales. Tickets are $40.00 per person for adults and $20.00 for children aged 10 - 18 (kids under 10 tour free).
For more information on No Fixed Address, or to book a tour see their website here or visit their Facebook page.