Melbourne Greeter Service

Although I originally thought (and had even mentioned previously in this website) that the Melbourne Greeter Service was only for tourists, it’s not at all...........

View on free orientation tour

.........I booked and went along last week and they are quite happy for locals to go on the tours too.

It’s well worthwhile.........

.........Even though I know loads about Melbourne now, I still learnt a lot of interesting titbits..........

.........and saw some things I’d heard about but didn’t actually know where they were........

........like the Melbourne Club, the Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant, the famous Section 8 container bar.........

.........and where Banksys most famous Melbourne artwork used to be (join a tour and maybe you’ll find out too why it’s no longer there!).

This is a bank?!

Tours are between two and four hours.........

........My guide said we'd be about three hours but we took four.........

.........that was a bit tiring though as we did heaps of walking..........

.........I’d say three hours
would be a good trip
..........

..........Be prepared for a good amount of walking so take along soft shoes, hat, suntan cream and water.........

.........Apparently there’s no set route with the guides taking you to places they want to take you to.........

La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria

........That’s good in my opinion as it means they’re likely to take you to places they'll be knowledgeable about..........

..........You can ask the guide to show you things you have a special interest in but I’d highly recommend just going where the guide wants to take you.

My tour had just two other people – a couple of Danish girls.

Helen the guide was very informative..........

..........and she said she doesn’t do groups of over four people which is good though some of the other guides do take larger groups apparently.

Although the Melbourne Greeter Service is called an orientation, it is a tour in every sense of the word.........

.........looking at places of interest and being told about them and the history of Melbourne..........

The original Royal Mint building

.........There’s definitely no need to pay for a tour here in Melbourne as I can’t see how it could be much better.

The guides are volunteers but they have been trained and are keen to share their knowledge of Melbourne with you.........

.........Tours are available in 8 languages - English, Swedish, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

The meeting point is the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square.

You need to book in advance with at least 24 hours notice required - call (03) 9658 9658 or ask at the Melbourne Visitor Centre.




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