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Goldrush & Laneways Walking Tour in Melbourne

Goldrush & Laneways Walking Tour in Melbourne

This three-hour tour reveals the history behind the Gold Rush witnessed by Melbourne starting in the 1850s.

With the assistance of a local expert, you will trace this growth history of Melbourne beginning with a visit to the Old Treasury Museum, before diving off down laneways and arcades.

You’ll uncover how a sleepy sheep town became one of the largest cities in the British Empire!

For a private Goldrush and Laneways tour, please order:
Goldrush & Laneways Private Walking Tour in Melbourne

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 hours

Time

10:00 am on Wednesday & Friday

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Itinerary

Your tour will begin with Old Treasury Building, one of Melbourne’s oldest and finest buildings and symbolic of the financial impact of the Gold Rush. At its height, the gold rush in Australia was producing more gold than anywhere else in the world except California and helped Britain pay down war debts and expand its empire. The tour looks at this through the lens of the treasury building and other icons of Melbourne’s built environment, including the so-called “Gothic Bank” where ANZ Bank makes its world headquarters today.

Your guide will also help you explore Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades, most of which date to the end of the 19th century and are a direct result of the boomtown atmosphere here encapsulated in the moniker “marvelous Melbourne,” a sort of homegrown belle epoque. The tour will look at how the rise of professional classes and a bourgeoisie fueled the development of shopping spaces and entertainment precincts, including theaters. We’ll also explore the segmentation of the city into different trade zones.

Depending on time, your tour may conclude at the Immigration Museum, which features a rich collection documenting Melbourne’s immigrant history, including the period of intense Chinese migration during the Gold Rush, which eventually lead to Australia’s notorious White Australia policy.

Should the group decide to enter the Immigration Museum, per-person admission tickets must be purchased on the day of the tour ($14 AUD).

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

October 25, 2017

Desired Time:

10:00 AM