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Laneways Discovery Running Tour

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The Laneways Discovery Running Tour takes runners on a cultural journey through Melbourne’s famous laneways, exploring the beauty of their hidden street art and historic landmarks.


  • Explore Melbourne's iconic laneways and see colorful street art
  • Visit historic landmarks like the Mitre Tavern and State Library
  • Explore Little Lon, a historic neighborhood with a notorious past


Our Laneways Discovery Running Tour will take you through some of the city's most iconic and interesting laneways, giving you a unique perspective on the city's rich history and culture. We'll start off at 8am at Federation Square and head to Hosier Lane, a famous street art hotspot where you'll see colorful murals and graffiti created by some of Melbourne's most talented artists. From there, we'll head to AC/DC Lane, named after the iconic Australian rock band, where you'll find more street art and live music venues. Next, we'll make our way to Birrarung Marr, a beautiful park along the Yarra River that offers stunning views of the city skyline. Here, you'll learn about the story of Melbourne and how it has evolved into the bustling metropolis it is today. We'll then continue on to the Mitre Tavern, a historic pub that has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 150 years. You'll hear about the tavern's storied past. From the Mitre Tavern, we'll head to the State Library Victoria, a beautiful and expansive library that houses over 2 million books and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. You'll get a chance to explore the library's many exhibits and learn about its rich history. Next, we'll visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison that operated from 1842 to 1929. This historical site is now a museum and is home to some of the city's most famous prisoners, including Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious outlaw. From the Old Melbourne Gaol, we'll continue on to Little Lon, a historic neighborhood that was once home to Melbourne's working class and was known for its brothels and pubs. Today, the area is home to trendy restaurants and cafes. Next, we'll make our way through Chinatown, Melbourne's vibrant and bustling Chinese quarter. Here, you'll find an array of delicious food options and colorful streets filled with traditional Chinese lanterns and architecture. Finally, we'll finish with coffee at one of our favourite Melbourne laneway cafes in Centre Place. This running tour is a great way to see the city and learn about its rich history and culture.


A knowledgeable and experienced tour guide to lead the way. All photos taken during the tour. Enjoy a post-tour coffee (or alternative drink) at one of our favourite Melbourne laneway cafes.

Important Information

  • Please wear suitable clothing for this type of activity, including appropriate footwear.
  • We recommend bringing a water bottle and refilling it at the water taps along the way.
  • In summer, we recommend wearing a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • There is no storage available for bags during the tour, so please plan accordingly.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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