Golden Mile Heritage Trail

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

History enthusiasts will love this walking tour, which takes you on an educational expedition across Melbourne, and explores the vast and colourful past of the Victorian capital. There are two options for people interested in walking the Golden Mile- you can pay for a guided group tour (which leaves from the Visitor Centre at Federation Square) or you can buy a Golden Mile Booklet (from museums along the trail or various tourist outlets) and do it yourself. The trail officially starts at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum and winds its way through the banking, business and hospitality districts of the city before finishing at Melbourne Museum. Along the way, you will get to see amazing architecture from the 1800s, and learn the history of some of the people that influenced Melbourne. At times, it can be hard to believe that some of the majestic-looking buildings from the past are still standing alongside modern office and apartment buildings in the city centre. If you do walk the trail, you will see what I mean- especially when you come across the quaint little Mitre Tavern, which looks completely out-of-place, surrounded by all the large banking buildings of Collins Street. It’s a fairly long walk (about three and a half hours) and, if you don’t have a guide, it’s easy to get distracted by some of the shops and cafes that trade along the trail. But if you do stray, you can always use the excuse I used and say that you’re sampling the local culture while you learn about the past!

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