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Melbourne Chinatown Tours and Tickets

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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.

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Complete Melbourne Walking Tour
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Complete Melbourne Walking Tour

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Enjoy a more relaxed experience of Melbourne than you’d get in a traditional tour vehicle on a walking tour that provides the ultimate introduction if you're visiting for the first time. You’ll stop to hear tales and trivia that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook about top Melbourne attractions such as Federation Square, Hosier Lane, Old Melbourne Gaol, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Night Bites — Experience Melbourne’s best street eats

Night Bites — Experience Melbourne’s best street eats

The city takes on a different character at night — shadowy alleyways, raucous bars, and excited theatre-goers. It’s with this backdrop that you’ll explore a city coming to life. Duck and weave through the crowds as you find yourself in three unique holes-in-the-wall from a cheeky standing bite. This is not your typical, sit-down-and-wait-an-hour-for-your-food walking tour. No, this experience will have you pushing crowds aside to find that perfect greasy pizza joint in the back of a dive bar, having your guide help you translate the mandarin menu from a dumping house, and exploring a restaurant that seems juuust on this side of the health code.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon in Melbourne: Booze and History Tour

Afternoon in Melbourne: Booze and History Tour

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Raise a glass to Melbourne's history while bar-hopping among some of the best watering holes in town. Hear tales of the Gold Rush, rebellions, royals, and Olympians while a fun-loving guide shows you how locals unwind. Order your drink of choice at a typical Aussie pub, a hidden speakeasy, a cozy wine bar, and another buzz-worthy surprise bar. It's a safe and social way to partake in Melbourne's famous bar scene while meeting fellow travelers.
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Best VR Escape Room Melbourne | 60 Minutes To Escape | Fun for the Whole Family
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Best VR Escape Room Melbourne | 60 Minutes To Escape | Fun for the Whole Family

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You’ve heard of an escape room but have you ever done one with a virtual reality headset? Experience this unique game right in the heart of Melbourne and escape from reality. Don your VR headset and enter fantasy worlds with your group where you can fly through space and solve puzzles together. You have one hour to work with your team to complete the challenge and defeat your enemies.
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Afternoon in Melbourne: Private Booze and History Tour
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Afternoon in Melbourne: Private Booze and History Tour

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Through gold rushes and rebellions, Olympics and royal visits, Melburnians have turned to ales, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails for comfort. Experience Melbourne’s unique bar scene on a private tour with a local guide and visit its unique watering holes. By the end of this private tour, you’ll discover that history really is better with booze (as if there was ever any doubt)!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour of Melbourne

Private Tour of Melbourne

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Melbourne is Australia’s cultural hub and features a number of exciting landmarks. Take this private tour and discover the best that this city has to offer. See the colorful street art of Hosier Lane, walk through Australia’s oldest arcade, try authentic dumplings in Chinatown, and much more in just a few hours. This tour is entirely customizable to your group’s interests.
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  • 3 hours
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Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour

Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour

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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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Great Ocean Road Highlights Tour - 2 Days, 1 Night

Great Ocean Road Highlights Tour - 2 Days, 1 Night

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Discover the delights of the Great Ocean Road at a more relaxed pace than you would on a day trip during a private 2-day tour that covers top attractions such as Apollo Bay, the 12 Apostles, and Great Otway National Park. Letting someone else drive means you can keep your eyes on the stunning coastal scenery, while hotel pickup and drop-off mean you don’t have to find a meeting point.
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