About Us

We are

Our Story

I’m Free tours is an independent locally owned and operated small company made up of young Sydneysiders and Melbournians. We do not accept kickbacks or incentives and are completely unfunded by any government or private body.

 

Wishing to remain unbiased and independent, we strive to inform all participates of the BEST LOCAL sights, stories, transport, activities, restaurants and bars to help them get to know our cities like we do.

We love the idea that participants can just turn up without having the hassle of booking and can choose what to pay what they like based on their experience and budget. We want everyone to experience Sydney and Melbourne from a local perspective, the quirky the cultural and all that’s great about Sydney and Melbourne. We love helping travellers to get the most out of their stay by sharing our stories, local events, food and bar locations.

Ross & Justine
I'm Free Owners/Managers

 

Justine & Ross started I’m Free tours 11 years ago after returning back from travels around Europe. Having seen similar tours there and noticed a lack of accessible walking tours in their home city, I’m Free Tours was born.

 

Justine & Ross started I’m Free whilst studying their Masters of Architecture at the Sydney University, having completed this they have chosen to focus their attention on their business, expanding to Melbourne 8 years ago through the aid and hard work of Matt our Operations Manager in Melbourne.

Meet us

Before you join us in real life.

Andreas

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Science (Melb Uni)

Masters of Engineering (Macq Uni)

I’m currently studying and love the diversity of sport, food and art that Melbourne has to offer.

In my spare time I run a YouTube channel with my brother where we discuss Australian football, FootyA2Z.

I started touring with I’m Free after living in Europe for 6 months and loving all the history and insights I experienced over there.

Astrid

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Media (Monash Uni)

I started touring with I’m Free in 2017 and it’s been the dream job I never knew existed! I get so much joy from sharing interesting stories and showing off Melbourne to people from all over the world.

I also play in a local band called Barefoot Bowls Club and am a self proclaimed live music expert. 

Calvin

Melbourne Sights

Masters of Urban Planning (Melb Uni) – current

Cities are my jam, especially my home town of Melbourne. I love anything to go with planning, geography and the movement of people.

Daniel

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Performing Arts & Bachelor of Music (Monash Uni)

Music. Theatre. History. Food. Drink: Five of my favourite things. My reason for becoming a tour guide is to showcase these fundamental pillars of Melbourne to our visitors far and wide.

Like how South Africa and Belgium each have their Big Five, I’m guiding people to help them discover Melbourne’s Big Five*.

 

*P.S. I know Melbourne does a lot more than those five e.g. Sport, Architecture, Street Art, Wildlife, Shopping, etc. but you’ve gotta specialise.

Desmond

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) (Swinburne Uni)

I’ve been a guide with I’m Free Tours for 5 years, and am passionate about all things Melbourne, especially sport. Also fond of a good joke, so if you have a good one, please share it. I can’t guarantee it won’t end up in my tour though.

James

Melbourne Sights

Bachelor of Arts (Geography & Literature) (Melb Uni) – current

I started tour guiding after having lived and traveled in Europe and South America. I love intercultural exchange and welcoming newcomers to our city. 

When my head is not stuck in the books, I enjoy getting outdoors. I’m an avid bushwalker and love taking day trips to regional Victoria.

 

I also really love exploring Melbourne, its cafes, its live music as well as enjoying the simple things in life like picnicking in Melbourne’s parks on its warmer sunny days.

Jessie

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Arts (History) (Melb Uni)

Masters of Teaching (Melb Uni)

I’m from the inner city suburbs of North Melbourne, I feel tour guiding is the perfect way to combine my love of teaching, travelling and love for Melbourne.

Lenny

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Science (Melb Uni) 

Masters of Engineering (RMIT) – current

I am a local Melbournian and I started touring so I could find every secret bar, cafe, restaurant and street art down Melbourne’s many laneways. I love getting lost in Melbourne and exploring new places every day.

Liam

Melbourne Sights

Musician & Bachelor of Arts (Film & TV) (Swinburne Uni)

I love performing and sharing my city in any way possible. When I’m not a tour guide, you’ll find me on stage at a gig with my band Parkville.

Niamh

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Arts (Monash Uni)

Masters of Arts Management (RMIT)

I’ll be the first one to admit I’m a self confessed culture nerd! In fact I love Melbourne’s art scene much so I studied at university. Twice. When I’m not touring you can find me 

out performing in theatre, writing, advocating for change in local arts and cultural policy or seeing a show at one of Melbourne’s incredible venues. For me, Melbourne is all about the food, the art and the people. My one tip for anyone planning a Melbourne trip is to try and align your adventure with one of our major arts or cultural festivals. Melbourne Fringe, International Comedy, YIRRAMBOI, Melbourne International Film Festival… you get the idea! If you’re not sure where to start though, don’t worry! I have plenty of recommendations to keep you busy.

Sam

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Global Studies (Monash Uni) 

I have a passion for musical theatre and languages (come chat with me in German, Spanish, Dutch or Arabic!). I’ve been to over fifty countries and fell in love with the free walking tour model after my first tour in Copenhagen five years ago.

I’d love to give you an insight into Melbourne’s theatre scene, as well as the amazing array of food and drink on offer.

Sunni

Melbourne Sights

Graduate Actor (HFAS)

I have a pretty huge passion (some say addiction) for travel, and my favourite way to explore a new place is with a local on a walking tour. I love that as a tour guide I get to be a small part of why a visitor falls in love with the city of Melbourne. 

If I can even make one recommendation or explain one fascinating piece of history to contribute to someone’s experience in the city, it’s incredible. I am a trained actress, so I have a great love of storytelling. I am a massive foodie and it brings me so much joy to share my favourite places to eat and drink around the city and I also love a good adventure! I’m very lucky that I get to show people from all over the world how amazing Melbourne is, everyday is unique and each group special.

Talaska

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Arts (History) (Monash Uni)

Masters of International Development (Monash Uni) – current

Hey there! I’m Talaska, and I was inspired to become a tour guide after travelling though Asia with the help of some amazing local guides. I love Melbourne for its vibrant atmosphere and amazing cultural events. 

When I’m not touring you’ll catch me having boogie at a live music gig or shopping around some of the city’s bustling artist markets.

Tom

Melbourne Sights & Culture Capital

Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Law (Monash Uni) 

I became a tour guide after moving back to Melbourne after some time living in the outback and have found that the more I learn about the city, the more I love showing it off to other people.

As well as being in Melbourne and all things sport, music and food, I enjoy history and love meeting lots of new people every day I come in to work.

 

I’m also passionate about Indigenous history, craft beer, politics, camping, hummus, brewing beer and where ever possible brewing beer whilst camping and eating hummus.

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