Melbourne ‘Must Do’ Walks

The Melbourne CBD is the perfect place to walk and explore. Not only is it free, but there are ample sources on the internet that provide useful hints and tips to ensure you have an amazing experience. The City of Melbourne has compiled an excellent list of walks for both the rookie and the true enthusiast who doesn’t want to miss out on Melbourne’s beauty, history and culture. Even if the thought of an extended stroll makes you feel a bit squeamish, be sure to check this list out. There’s something for everyone – you’ll get lost in the journey and not even realize the time!


A Walk in the Park

Focus: Melbourne’s magnificent cathedrals, parklands and lively Flinders Lane
Walking Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3.75km .

Secret Gardens

Focus: Sculptures, monuments, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Royal Botanic Gardens
Walking Time: 2.5 hours
Distance: 6km

On the Waterfront

Focus: Spectacular bridges, Indigenous history, sculptures, Southbank Promenade, the Melbourne Aquarium and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Walking Time: 2 hours
Distance: 4.75km

Arcades and Lanes

Focus: Lanes, alleyways, little streets, arcades, café society and interesting shops
Walking Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 2.5km

The Cosmopolitan

Focus: Beautiful city views, glamorous Collins Street, upmarket shopping and Chinatown
Walking Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3.75km

The Art of Sport

Focus: Melbourne’s sporting and creative achievements
Walking Time: 2.5 hours
Distance: 6 kilometres

Elegant Enclave

Focus: Elaborate ironwork, classic columns and lofty verandas from the Victorian era
Walking Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 3km


Whether you are a Melburnian at heart or visiting Australia’s creative, sporting and cultural hub, these Melbourne ‘must do’ walks will delight everyone.

Want detailed information about these walks? Follow the link to the City of Melbourne’s webpage for general information about the walks and maps (available in Word or PDF format).

Planning on doing one (or some!) of the above mentioned walks? Share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #ibisstylesmelbourne. We look forward to hearing and seeing your thoughts!


Happy walking!