Melbourne Chinatown Tours
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Technically, over 5,000 miles separate Melbourne from the Chinese city of Shanghai. When standing on the corner of Swanston Street, however, in Melbourne’s CBD, and looking west down Little Bourke Street past rows of Chinese shops, it’s easy to forget you’re still in Australia—rather than Shanghai itself. With the lone exception of San Francisco, Melbourne’s Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in the entire Western world. Established in 1851 by laborers in Victoria’s gold rush, Melbourne’s Chinatown has thrived as the center of the city’s Chinese community. Walking beneath the towering red arch that marks the Chinatown entrance, the smell of dumplings and Sichuan cuisine seems to waft, lift, and rise above each narrow alleyway entrance. While once notorious for its opium and brothels, modern Chinatown is known for its food and colorful, cultural cuisine. Haggle with a vendor selling bright pink dragon fruit or cups of steaming green tea, and feast on miniature dim sum plates full of classic Cantonese flavor. If you ever come up for air between meals, visit the Chinatown Visitor Center and accompanying Chinese Museum, which explores the Chinese community’s history from gold miners up through today.
Melbourne’s Chinatown rests between the corners of Swanston and Spring Street. It’s a short walk from Melbourne’s CBD, and while the area is always a buzz of activity, late January or early February are packed during Chinese New Year. For sights, the Chinese Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm.
Address: Melbourne VIC, Australia
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Join our tour guides for a walk through Australia’s culture capital and learn what makes this city great and so much more. When you arrive, you'll explore Melbourne with a local who can share the history of the city as well as point out things to do after your walking tour is done. Walks 101 tour guides want to show you the real Melbourne – the city we know and love. Your tour will stop for a coffee and conclude near the Old Melbourne Gaol, where you learn about Australia’s most infamous bush ranger. After your tour is finished, your guide will brings the group to a classic Australian pub where you can experience traditional Aussie food.
Looking for an exclusive experience for your family, office, or club? Rent a professional guide for 3 hours to start and finish at the place & time of your choosing. At the start of the tour, your guide will work with you to set the itinerary. Want us to focus on street art? Laneways? Sport? Want to try dumplings in Chinatown? Coffee at an iconic cafe? Cocktails on a rooftop? No worries! Just let us know when you book and we’d be happy to accommodate. Not sure what to do? We'll take you on Melbourne's highlights, spending 3 hours covering the best our city has to offer - street art, historic arcades, iconic laneways, Chinatown, and Melbourne's oldest jail. When you make your booking please include any special requests, as well as where you would like the tour to start from (pickup available from any city location — we'll use public transport to navigate through the city).
Get a taste of Melbourne’s cultural diversity on this culinary walking tour through the city’s Chinatown. Explore this vibrant neighborhood with a local guide and stop in at authentic eateries to taste delectable dumplings. Learn about the history of Chinese cuisine and how it gets a distinct Melbournian twist. Compare notes on your favorite dumplings with other members of your small group, which is limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
Squeezing in a workout while on vacation isn’t always easy, but this Melbourne running tour means you can work up a sweat and take in the sights along the way. Set out on a run around Melbourne’s atmospheric laneways; stop to admire the vibrant street art, local landmarks, and quirky shops; then re-fuel with coffee at a popular local café.
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