Do You Know Melbourne’s Hidden Secrets?

Melbourne's Hidden Secrets

After packing in one conference, 300 bloggers and a private city tour I was ready to spend my last day in Melbourne just hanging out.

Rather than wander round like a lemon missing everything fabulous and getting sore feet I followed a hot tip from The Tailor travel agent.

The Tailor’s top dog Drew is a font of knowledge on Australian travel for the well heeled and he recommended I explore Melbourne’s lanes so I did.

Melbourne is famous for its network of lanes and arcades which are home to some of the best designers, independent store owners and local characters.

But the lanes are as twisty and extensive as a rabbit’s warren so Drew put me in touch with Fiona from the Hidden Secrets Tour. I’d just missed one of her tours but friendly Fiona gave me a short self-guided walk which made me feel like a Melbourne travel insider and gave me a real feel for what it means to be a Melbournian. Or is it Melbournette?

Here’s a photo tour for you.

Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Start out at Federation Square, the epi-center of Melbourne. Here a happy crowd laughs at a busker's show.... or maybe they were laughing at me?


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Walk past Flinders Street Station and check out the clocks. Now, when a Melbournian arranges to meet you under the station clocks you know where to go.


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Nip into De Graves Street to check out the cafe culture.


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

See the street art in Centre Place


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Duck into the Block Arcade


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Drool over the cakes at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Visit the Captains of Industry for some urban cool. Gents can also go to the on-site barber, shoemaker or bespoke tailor. Just like everyone in Melbourne the waiter is lovely and friendly but Fiona and her tour group had already eaten all their cakes.


Melbourne Hidden Secrets

Have a wee drink with some other (mostly) travel bloggers at the Abbotsford Convent. These lovelies are: me (in stripes), Torre @FearfulGirl, Dave @DriftingKiwi, Bree @theBlogStylist and Christine @Camorose - Find them on Twitter and visit their blogs.

I got a really good feel for Melbourne city on my flying visit but I’m keen to go back. Next time I need to get out of the city too and travel along the Great Ocean Road.

If you visit Melbourne don’t forget to get in touch with Drew to organize your accommodation or a tour in or around the city.

Then you’ll know where to go next time you’re hanging out in Melbourne.

My Splendid Sponsor

I was thrilled to be sponsored by The Tailor for my trip to the Problogger conference in Melbourne. The Tailor is a luxury travel company that creates and organizes Australian and African travel experiences for discerning travelers.

Thanks to the Tailor I spent four nights at The Lyall Hotel in Melbourne and toured the city.

This is my last update about Melbourne. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

Tell us about any hidden Melbourne secrets I missed or some in a city you love.

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  1. Mrs Savage November 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve never asked anyone to meet me under the clocks however I do regularly suggest the giant purse on Bourke Street ;)

    • Annabel Candy November 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Mrs. Savage:)

      I saw that purse, wish I’d taken a photo now.

  2. Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Melbourne reminds me of Europe in so many ways. Can’t wait to visit those wonderful cafes and shops. When are we shopping? I know you said you wanted to go shopping with me, not that I go that often myself.

    • Annabel Candy November 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Sonia,

      Oh it would be the perfect spot for our shopping trip:)

  3. Seana Smith November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Hello Annabel,
    I spent time in Melbourne working in the late ’80’s… which doesn’t seem that long ago really but it was, and the lanes weren’t happening and groovy the way they are now. Hoping to get to Melbourne next March so must make time to check the lanes out, cafe culture is for me!

    • Annabel Candy November 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Seana, you get around don’t you?! You’ll be amazed by the change I bet and love it too. If you like coffee you’ll dig Melbourne:)

  4. J.D. Meier November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    It looks like it’s well laid out for walking the streets, and it looks jam packed with interesting nooks and crannies.

    • Annabel Candy November 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Hi JD, it seems to be – very exciting for a country girl like me:)

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