Discover Melbourne’s best living art galleries on Fit City Tour’s Laneways Discovery Running Tour. This small group tour explores Melbourne’s rich history, guiding runners through Melbourne’s famous laneways to visit some of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Along the way, your Melbourne city tour guide will share the story behind each building and alleyway.
This 8km running tour operates daily at 7am and 9am. We’ll begin our adventure at Federation Square, the city’s cultural hub and home to a variety of world-class events, restaurants, bars and specialty stores. Together, we’ll embark on a journey through Melbourne’s famous “laneways,” a term used to describe the narrow streets and pedestrian paths that weave in and out of the city’s Central Business District. Dating back to the Victorian era, these historic laneways are lined with unique street art and treasured eateries.
During our tour, we’ll explore what makes each laneway unique. Along Bank Place, we’ll check out Melbourne’s oldest pub, Mitre Tavern, while taking in the beauty of buildings built from proceeds of the 1850’s gold rush. Your tour guide leaves no stone unturned, leading runners through Melbourne’s most hidden alleyways while sharing the stories of the not so savoury events that took place there long ago.
The tour will pass The State Library, Australia's oldest public library and one of the world’s first free libraries. Runners will also experience Melbourne’s Chinatown, nestled at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street. We’ll also run along Hosier Lane, also known as “graffiti lane,” taking in the beauty of it’s hidden street art, as well as AC/DC Lane, named for Australia’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll band.
As we reach the end of the laneways tour, we will jog by Melbourne’s bustling Degraves Street, known for housing some of Melbourne’s best cafes. There, we’ll take it down a notch and enjoy a cup of Melbourne’s best coffee together before walking the two-hundred metres back to Federation Square.
• Please wear clothes suitable for this activity including appropriate footwear.
• You may like to bring a water bottle, though there are water taps throughout the tour.
We aim to make our tours accessible for each and every guest:
• For guests with wheelchairs and prams, we can generally make slight alterations to our tour route.
• For guests who are vision-impaired, we can generally provide a guide to assist you.
We many need additional lead time to make these arrangements, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This tour starts at Federation Square. Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne. We'll meet near the orange umbrellas outside Time Out Cafe. The nearest station is Flinders Street.