Walking tours are an engaging way to explore the heart and soul of a city. Unlike a bus tour, which zips you through a city’s highlights, walking tours immerse you in the atmosphere, culture and history of a location. These tours are perfect for anyone who loves to learn, explore and experience new places on a more intimate level.

What is a walking tour?

A walking tour is a guided exploration on foot, led by a knowledgeable guide who provides insights into the city’s history, culture, and notable landmarks. These tours can vary in theme, including historical, architectural, culinary and cultural or artistic tours. Typically lasting from one to 3 hours, walking tours cover everything from prominent sites and hidden nooks of a city. You can absorb the ambience and learn facts that are often missed in other forms of sightseeing.

What happens during a walking tour?

The experience begins at a designated meeting point, where you’ll gather and meet your guide. After brief introductions and an overview of the tour, your group sets off on foot. Throughout the tour, the guide will share interesting anecdotes, historical facts and lesser-known stories about the city. They might point out architectural details or share insights into the past, present and even the future of the sights you see. There are usually several stops along the way, giving you the chance to take photos and ask questions.

You’ll explore the city in a fun and memorable way – with an expert right beside you and at a pace that lets you really soak up the atmosphere of the city. Listen to your guide’s stories, observe your surroundings and immerse yourself in the experience.

Tips and tricks for the ultimate CAE Melbourne walking tour experience

Wear comfortable shoes

Our walking tours run for 2.5 to 3 hours and cover a fair distance around the city. Wear comfy, supportive shoes to enjoy the experience without discomfort.

Ask questions along the way

Don’t hesitate to ask your guide questions. Their knowledge is a valuable resource. Engaging with them can provide further insights and enrich the tour.

Bring a camera

Capture the moments and sights that catch your eye. Photos will serve as wonderful memories of your exploration. We even have a dedicated walking tour for budding photographers.

Take notes

If you’re particularly interested in the historical or cultural information shared, jot down quick notes in a notebook or on your phone. This can be useful for further research or for future visits to these sites.

Become your own guide!

Did you know we also offer a short course on how to become a tour guide? In this 4-week practical course, you’ll learn about the different types of tour guides and practice your skills as a walking or site tour guide in the Melbourne CBD.


Walking tours offer a unique way to connect with a city, blending education and exploration in a relaxed, enjoyable format. Whether you’re a tourist or a local Melburnian, there’s always something new to discover about our city centre on a walking tour.

View our upcoming walking tours and enrol in one (or more!) of them.