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There is so much to see and do in Melbourne. Regardless of season or day of the week, you will always be able to find an event or activity to keep you engaged and entertained. Melbourne is a city of hidden gems, from unmarked bars and restaurants hidden down laneways and up staircases, to one-night-only performance art viewed only by those who happen to be in the right place at the right time to experience it. While most Melbournians will have a strong opinion on which activities are the best, they will likely be the first to admit that even after living in the city for years, the astounding amount of going-ons, and esoteric or ephemeral nature of many of the city's offerings will be unknown to them. Here are some tips on activities to help get you acquainted with Melbourne. Try a few of these and you will be feeling like a local in no time.

Discover Melbourne’s secret places on a Hidden Secrets Tour

These tours are eye-openers, even for residents of Melbourne who’ve lived in the city their whole lives. A walking tour in an intimate group, it is a bit like having your best friend show you all of the places you could never have discovered by yourself. You’ll be introduced to tiny boutiques and hole-in-the-wall coffee bars that you may have walked past before, completely unaware of their existence a few meters away. There are plenty of other gems that aren’t on the itinerary, but once you’ve taken this tour you will feel a lot more inspired to explore Melbourne and find your own favourite secret spots.

Hidden Secrets Tours
03 9663 3358
http://www.hiddensecretstours.com/

Learn about Melbourne’s history by Walking the Golden Mile

Some streets in the CBD have some odd-looking, gold discs set into the pavements at intervals. Although they often go unnoticed, these discs mark the Golden Mile, a one-mile wa…