Melbourne Insights Free
Walking Tour

10:30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

More than Melbourne's Sights

There is so much more to Melbourne than many locals know about. Join us and together we’ll unpack the stories and history of Australia’s cultural capital. Your friendly and knowledgeable Melbourne tour guide will give you insights into the people, places and events of our city.

From the State Library we will explore Melbourne’s beginnings and development from its indigenous history right up to the major developments that have made Melbourne the world city that it is today. We’ll uncover laneways, art, cafe culture and hidden bars so you can experience the best of Melbourne even if you’ve been before.

What we'll cover

– Yarra River

– Eureka Tower

– Chinatown

– Iconic Street art

– Aboriginal History

– Early settlement history

– Old Melbourne Gaol

– Carlton Gardens

– Royal Exhibition Building

– Princess’ Theatre

– Federation Square

– Bourke St

– Flinders St Station

– State Library Victoria

– State Parliament of Victoria

– Melbourne’s first coffee machine

– Ned Kelly

– Batman

– Free things to do

… and much more!

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How are we free?

Our tours are offered on a “pay what you think it’s worth”  model so people of any budget are able to turn up and enjoy the tour and discover and learn about our great city. 

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or just show up*

At I'm Free we're all about

100% Local Melburnian guides

All I’m Free guides are experienced and knowledgeable locals who are excited to show you around their hometown.

100% Independent advice

We’re all about being real! Each of us will share with you our honest, local advice about where to explore, eat or drink. We are never paid to promote or advertise to you.

5% of profits to charity

To give back to the community around us, 5% of all tour profits are donated to a local charity chosen by all the guides.

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Reviews

We like to think we’re one of Melbourne’s sights, but don’t take our word for it, have a look at what others think.

Ginny
March 2020
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This free walking tour is an excellent way to get to know the city. We did it on our first full day in Melbourne, and it was a great way to get an overview of the city and its history.
Martina
January 2020
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I was only in Melbourne for a few days and this free walking tour gave me a great overview of the city and introduced me to all major sights and also some of the more hidden hot spots.
Brian
March 2020
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I'm so glad my friend in Melbourne recommended this to me. I've been recommending in to friends hoing to Melbourne ever since. Knowledgable guides really help you understand the history and culture of Melbourne Australia.
Kellie
October 2019
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Had a ripper experience on our walking tour, guide was helpful and informed, learnt some cool stuff, kids (15, 13 and 11) were all engaged and enjoyed our morning. Weather was also good. Would definately recommend.
Cheryl
September 2019
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Highly recommend for both locals and visitors!!

FAQs

We currently require bookings so that we can manage numbers and safety during the pandemic.

 

Once we can, we will return to allowing people to show up to a tour time that suits them. Until then you can book online and we’ll see you soon.

Unfortunately, no. Due to a limitation on the numbers on one tour at the moment it would mean other participants wouldn’t be able to join. Instead we can organise a private tour for you, so flick us an email and we can talk.

Nope. Not due to weather, we walk rain, hail or shine, and that’s saying something in Melbourne!

 

We do however, take the current health situation very seriously. In the unlikely event that your guide is at all unwell before the tour and we can’t replace the guide at short notice we may have reschedule. Equally if you’re not feeling well please let us know and we’ll be happy to reschedule your booking to another time when you’re feeling 100%.

The ‘Melbourne Sights’ start point is outside the State Library Victoria (328 Swanston St) next to the Sir Redmond Barry statue. It is in the heart of the CBD (central business district) and Melbourne Central train station is across the road from our start point. All train lines in Melbourne stop at Melbourne Central Station. Click here for Google Maps directions.

The ‘Melbourne Sights’ tour ends at Hamer Hall at Southbank. A short walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

Yes. The ‘Melbourne Sights’ tour is accessible to both prams and wheelchairs.
Yes! The Melbourne Sight’s tour ends an easy 12 minute tram ride from the Start point of the Culture Capital tour. Click here for a Google Maps directions.
It is a walking tour. This tour is only is 3.5-4km (2 -2.5 miles) in total and we walk at a leisurely pace, stopping to speak at regular intervals along the way.
Our tours are designed to be suitable for people of all ages. Over the years we have toured a wide variety of audiences of all ages and backgrounds including  many families and children.

At this stage we only offer tours in English.

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