""Gold Rush and Laneways"… was perfect for us because we knew nothing about Melbourne. [Our docent] was very knowledgeable about and responsive to our questions about aspects that interested us, such as government past and present, the Aboriginal situation, shopping tips, restaurants, etc.”
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Melbourne's Laneways Tour
Though it depends on the docent, this walk generally covers a vast distance, however, we can adapt the walk for clients with mobility concerns. Please indicate this or any special requests in your trip notes when booking.
Tim Richards is a travel writer whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world, and in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks. In the 1990s he lived in Egypt and Poland, teaching English, and has since travelled widely in Europe, Asia and North America. He also reviews live arts events, and is the author of the fantasy novel Mind the Gap. Tim has lived in the heart of Melbourne for twenty years, and has seen it regain its gold rush shine as the city centre has been repopulated with residents, students, restaurants and cultural activities. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from the University of Western Australia.
Originally from Taiwan, Brian attended Melbourne University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in History and Art History. He has been working as a historian in the fields of architectural and archaeological heritage since 2008. In 2014, Brian joined the Chinese Museum in Melbourne’s Chinatown as a tour guide, and has been providing museum and Chinatown tours to visitors from diverse cultural backgrounds ever since.
Aron has a Ph.D. in history and has taught history, politics and Australian studies. A member of the Professional Historians Association of Victoria, Aron works on commissioned histories, academic research, heritage and community projects. In his spare time he writes and explores the world. His favorite things in Melbourne are its hidden arcades, bars and streetscapes that range from the decadent to the grungy. He has particular interests in the history of urban planning in Melbourne and the city's struggles over heritage, gentrification and community development.
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