Introduction to Melbourne: Gold Rush and Laneways

Get acquainted with Melbourne and its history
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History, Orientation
3 hours
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  • Melbourne Laneways tour led by local experts
  • Visit Melbourne's historic laneways and arcades
  • Old Treasury Building and ANZ Banking Museum
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12 Reviews (4.33)

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Last week I had 2 Context tours in Sydney. This week I had a Context tour in Melbourne. My objective was to find out how the 50,000+ British convicts of Sydney who founded Melbourne. WOW !! I was totally wrong. Sophie was GREAT !! She laid out the facts PERFECTLY !! Sydney has nothing to do with founding Melbourne.,More than a half of a century Melbourne was founded by no convicts. Sheep herdsmen and gold diggers both British and Asians made Melbourne the city it is today. Just as Big, Wealthy and as Beautiful as Sydney. The two cities each have 20% of the total population of Australia. Thank you Sophie for helping me learn the real history of Melbourne. LuvYa Jennifer/ Jim
Our guide Tim was very personal and knowledgeable. We enjoyed exploring the culture and politics of Melbourne and Victoria with Tim.
We thoroughly enjoyed both our tour and Brian's company; his passion for the city, its history and architecture was infectious. He had clearly considered our interests and requests in advance, and had prepared well. It was interesting to hear his own background too, which is very much part of the modern Melbourne story. We also appreciated his following up with some further book and podcast suggestions that we might find interesting. With more time, there are other aspects of the Gold Rush that we'd have liked to cover - some of the mansions on Collins Street built by Gold Rush money, and more detail about the incredibly rapid development of the bayside suburbs such as Albert Park, Middle Park, etc. But in the 3 hours, we covered a lot of ground. The other observation - and this is very minor - is that Degraves Lane is very touristy and not the most inspiring stop for a coffee - but we know Melbourne well, and we can see why people with less time in the city might find this location appealing as being representative of Melbourne's laneway culture. Overall though, it was a lovely and informative morning! Thank you Brian and Context!

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