Course Summary

Isabel Simpson tours the northern end of the city and includes stories of the Old Melbourne Gaol, D24 police headquarters, former law courts, bond stores, significant memorials, early developments by pastoralist George Evans, and even exciting 21st century sites among the old factories. Where were Darcy and Little Church Streets located? This is a great companion walk to Isabel’s other popular city-based tours, Melbourne Lanes & Arcades and her Lanes & Alleyways.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email enquiries@cae.edu.au to register your interest.

Students will explore a section of Melbourne with an experienced tour guide who will focus on historical sites, including sites still present or replaced by later development. Hear about the sites, the characters and the stories from the past.

Isabel Simpson       

Isabel Simpson is a leading tour guide whose main focus is historical sites.  She is an avid researcher who delights in interpreting Melbourne’s past and present by combining history, architecture and people. Or in Isabel's own words: "My walks are a tapestry of social, cultural, historical, street art and architectural explosion."

Isabel has provided fascinating tours for many leading Melbourne institutions including the CAE, National Gallery of Victoria, City museum, conservation groups as well as visitors to Melbourne, including cruise ships.

Isabel holds formal training qualifications and is a member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia (VIC) & nationally accredited guide, Guiding Organisations Australia.

As these are walking tours of 2 ½ hour duration, please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared with a bottle of water if it is a hot day or a warm clothing if it is cool.

This course, hosted by guide Isabel Simpson, is suitable for those with a specific interest in this part of Melbourne or a general interest in Melbourne’s history, as well as walking for pleasure and fitness. Isabel Simpson is a leading tour guide whose main focus is historical sites, as well as Art History. Isabel has provided fascinating tours for many leading Melbourne institutions including the CAE, National Gallery of Victoria, City museum, conservation groups as well as visitors to Melbourne, including cruise ships. Isabel is an avid researcher who delights in interpreting Melbourne’s past and present by combining history, architecture and people. Isabel holds formal training qualifications and is a member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia (VIC) & nationally accredited guide, Guiding Organisations Australia.

Last updated: March 26, 2019 03:22pm