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Walks 101: Free Tour of Melbourne

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by Vicky Rae Ellmore (subscribe)
Proudly South African. Currently residing in amazing Melbourne. Lover of music, reading, animals and exploring. Vet nurse/freelance writer and editor.
Published April 4th 2017
Tour Melbourne for free on foot with knowledgeable guides
Walking tour operator, Walks 101 takes tourists and Melbourne newcomers, as well as local explorers, on free walking tours of Melbourne every day at 11am.

The tour starts at the corner of Spring Street and MacArthur Street (between the fountain and the statue, with the exact address being 74 Spring Street, East Melbourne), and takes tour goers on a comprehensive walking tour of Melbourne that includes the following must-see Melbourne sights:
Federation Square,
Yarra River,
Immigration Museum,
State Library of Victoria,
Old Shot Tower,
Flinders Street Station,
Eureka Tower,
Southbank, and
Old Melbourne Gaol.

The tour departs at 11am daily. Along the way the guides offer insights into Melbourne's architecture, culture and history, including Aboriginal history.

Booking is not essential, but is appreciated as it allows the guides to gauge group numbers. You can book your spot on the Melbourne Free Walking Tour for free here.

While the tour is free, tour guides are tipped on a pay-what-you-think-its-worth basis for their time and knowledge, which is extensive. There is no pressure to tip, with the guides believing that their income should be directly proportional to the quality of tour they give.

A positive review of the tour on websites such as Trip Advisor and recommendations to others in person and online on social media are other ways that the guides can be paid back for their service as this helps increase the number of guests attending their tours.

Walks 101 also offers a walking tour that explores the beachside suburb of St Kilda - Melbourne's Beachfront Tour - and private tours that enable you to choose the itinerary and purpose of the tour, which could be a family tour, an educational tour, an intro to Melbourne tour or a staff development tour, for example.

The Melbourne's Beachfront Tour costs $20 and the tour's highlights includes St Kilda Beach, the penguin colony, historic trams, Luna Park, St Kilda Seabaths, St. Kilda Pier, St. Kilda Breakwater, Mafia history, the Solar System Trail, and the Promenade.

Walks 101's free walking tour of Melbourne is heavily praised by attendees, as are its guides. Whether you're visiting Melbourne for a few days, are new to the city and staying for a few years, or have lived in the city all your life, this tour not only provides a great introduction into Melbourne's vibrant CBD, but also adds to locals' enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of the architecture around them and the city's unique culture that makes it one of the most liveable cities in the world.
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Why? Free tour of Melbourne's highlights combined with a history lesson
When: 11am daily
Where: Corner of Spring Street and MacArthur Street, between the fountain and the statue
Cost: Free
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