Localing don’t operate tours in the traditional sense, there is no script and no formula. With Localing you (their guest) will get to choose the pace, and your interests will be the focus, whether it be coffee, sport, or fine art. Let your guide do the heavy lifting, while you sit back, relax, and discover the best of what Melbourne and Victoria have to offer.
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and Australia’s second-largest city. It’s known for its lively, cosmopolitan centre set on the northern banks of the Yarra River as well as a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living.
Visitors appreciate its restless creative energy as well as its distinct enclaves like Chinatown, the Greek Quarter and Carlton (Italian quarter), home to cultural flavours, specialties and charm. The nightlife is buzzy, intimate and cutting edge: wander through the historic laneways to find the latest hidden restaurants, music venues and bars, then spend the morning shopping amongst the glitz and glamour of the ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street.
The Tailor highly recommends that you include touring with Localing to ensure that you discover as much as you can about Melbourne.
Tours are on a private basis where the tour itinerary is tailored to suit your interests. Below are two of The Tailor’s favourite itineraries that we regularly utilise as private tours.
Boroughs of Melbourne
In the Golden Age of Melbourne, rival communities blossomed side by side. Class, nationality, religion and tradition were often at odds, and distinctive local boroughs emerged. These differences were played out in food and architecture, on the footy field and in the pub. Many of Melbourne’s oldest neighbourhoods are in the midst of a renaissance, as lively now as ever before. From bohemian Fitzroy to lovely seaside St. Kilda; from Little Italy to Little Saigon, travel between worlds sampling favourite treats from around the globe. Discover the best of the best with local insight and plenty of backstory to guide you along the way. The team at Localing will make sure your interests are a special feature of the tour.
A Touch of City, A Taste of Country
No other Aussie city has so much on offer, so close at hand. Spend a few hours exploring inner Melbourne’s rich urban labyrinth, its stunning local boutiques, buzzing lanes and hidden treasures. Taste fresh cheese in Little Italy; visit local galleries and bizarre businesses in eclectic bohemian villages, and all before lunch. Then take a short and beautifully scenic drive to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and most attractive wine regions. This area is especially known for pinots and chardonnays, in other words plenty of bubbles to go with the delicious local produce on offer for lunch. Finish the day with a visit to Healesville Sanctuary, a bushland haven for native wildlife. You might like to feed the kangaroos or take the dingoes for a walk before you leave. Drive home in the fading light – dusk is a magical time in the lush Victorian countryside. Be back in Melbourne in time to get ready for dinner. The city boasts many of Australia’s best restaurants.
The architecture – much of it historic – is imposing and the arts scene arguably the best in the country: the Gallery of Victoria is especially good and there’s always something interesting happening at Federation Square.
Melbourne is also known for its sporting passions, and is home to several international events including the Australian Open Tennis and Australian Formula One Grand Prix.