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Lonely Planet Experiences: Alternative Melbourne Fitzroy Area Tour


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Melbourne is a haven for subcultures still thriving today, and on this tour, you'll see them with your own eyes. Get a close look at the courts and prisons that once held the residents of Melbourne, and get a feel for the experiences that built the area's headstrong attitude.

Get up close and personal with the bohemian Fitzroy neighborhood from a local's point of view. Hear about the area's dark past and the local legends that relate to many that lived there. See how this underworld transitioned to a lively area that caters to all things Avante Garde, Australian style.

Walkthrough the steps of famous artists, writers, and revolutionaries; you'll be amazed at the different kinds of street art you still see everywhere today.

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Stop At: Mr Tulk Cafe, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Next to the starting location is the State Library of Melbourne, which forms the first stop of this private tour

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

In the late 1800s Madame Brussels was a notorious brothel owner who owned several establishments in this area. The area bounded by Little Lonsdale, Spring, Lonsdale and Exhibition Streets was once notorious as the site of many of Melbournes brothels. Listen to stories about these streets from your host

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lonsdale Street & Exhibition Street, Lonsdale St & Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Melbourne's Left bohemia of the 1930s, including the artist Noel Counihan, the violin-maker Bill Dolphin and the writer Brian Fitzpatrick, drank at the Swanston Family Hotel on the north-west corner of Swanston and Little Bourke streets.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bourke Street & Exhibition Street, Bourke St & Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

The artist Mirka Mora's café at 183 Exhibition Street was a rendezvous for writers and artists from 1954 to 1957. Experience the vibe of that time during this tour

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Parliament House of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

In the same street as the parliamental house there is yet another cult store with legendary customer service, Play Music DVDs has an abundance of rare, obscure and classic film and music titles. Get schooled in things about movies you didn’t know, and discover plenty of reasons for return visits.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Amphlett Lane, Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Amphlett Lane is a permanent tribute to Chrissy Amphlett along with her music.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Carlton Gardens, 1-111 Carlton St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia

Many legendary speakers addressed gatherings here including Pastor Doug Nicholls, Jack Patten, Bill Onus, etc. Have a look at this astonishing place.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Brunswick Street, Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

One final stop in this special street, this time showcasing the public housing and it's many stories coming along with it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Naked For Satan, 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Have a drink at this famous place with your local host on this private tour

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Proud Mary, 172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

Proud Mary, One of the most famous specialty coffee places and try the coffee here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Make your way to the Magistrate Court and hear about some of Melbourne’s early activists, and the harrowing punishments prisoners faced

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon St & Victoria St, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia

While it hosts huge events today, the John Curtis Hotel was a favorite gathering place for bohemians, protestors, and union leaders alike

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Amphlett Lane off Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Amphlett Lane is a permanent tribute to Chrissy Amphlett along with her music – and a campaign for breast cancer awareness, she herself died as a result of breast cancer at 2013.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Curated by Lonely Planet, powered by Withlocals
  • This experiences is carbon neutral
  • This experience is guided by local experts
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Private Tour
  • Local Guide
  • Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink
  • Entry/Admission - Naked For Satan
  • Entry/Admission - Proud Mary

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages other than listed as inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Mr Tulk Cafe
  • Entry/Admission - Parliament House of Victoria
  • Entry/Admission - Carlton Gardens

3 hours

Return Details
172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

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