Private Melbourne: Fitzroy and Collingwood, Culture, Coffee and History

This tour explores two of (Naarm) Melbourne’s most characteristic and colourful inner-city neighbourhoods. You’ll weave through historic streets filled with colourful murals and backstreet graffiti before enjoying a delicious Melbourne coffee at an amazing, local social enterprise cafe. Learn about the up’s and down’s of these twin neighbourhoods and some of their most fascinating characters from an infamous criminal turned children's author, passionate football fans, the “Willy Wonka” of Australia, First Nations elders and recent migrants who have helped shape modern Australia. After exploring the evolving arts and live music culture of the area we’ll end with some refreshment and give you plenty of recommendations for places to eat, drink and shop when the tour concludes.


  • Explore the diverse suburbs of Fitzroy/Ngár-go and Collingwood/Yálla-birrang to learn how they have transformed into the hippest areas in Melbourne

  • Visit a social enterprise café that employs and supports, disadvantaged youth

  • Enjoy a famous Melbourne coffee brewed fresh from their in-house roastery

  • We donate $1AUD to the café for every guest that joins this tour.

  • Discover some of the best street art in Melbourne including the incredible Keith Haring mural

Local English-speaking guide
Coffee (or similar alternative drink)
$1 per person donation to our social enterprise partners
Beer/Cider/Wine or Soft Drink
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Transport to and from Collingwood
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local English-speaking guide, coffee (or similar alternative drink), $1 per person donation to our social enterprise partners

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide, transport to and from Collingwood

Where do we meet?

Outside Fitzroy Town Hall (main entrance under the clocktower), 201 Napier St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Where does the tour end?

Fitzroy (near public transport back to the City Centre)

What is the duration of the tour?

3 hours

What is the minimum group size for the private tour?

This private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +61 3 8672 6442


Local Impact: How you taking this tour will benefit the local community:

  • On this tour, you’ll visit and enjoy a coffee from STREAT café, a social enterprise that hires and trains disadvantaged youth and supports youth homelessness. As well, $1 will from every traveller booked is donated back to the cafe
  • You’ll learn about issues facing refugees and local minorities, with a visit to a 20-storey mural that features some of the local residents in the Collingwood housing commission towers
  • We’ll discuss the area’s many different social enterprises and the important local causes that they support.
  • Get to know the story behind two of Melbourne’s most loved neighbourhoods, Fitzroy and Collingwood, on this 3-hour ultimate walking tour. From working class origins, these two neighbouring suburbs have gone through highs and lows to become the hip epicentre of Melbourne’s live music, street art, coffee and food cultures. Brunswick St, Smith St and Gertrude St have long been considered some of the coolest streets in Australia, if not the world, and on this tour you’ll discover them all with a local guide by your side. Exploring the backstreets, which change from leafy and charming to industrial chic, we make out way to STREAT, a social enterprise café that supports disadvantaged youth. Melbourne claims to have the best coffee in the world and here you will get to try one for yourself, direct from their in-house roastery. Walk through historic brewing sites and factory complexes of the area to see how they’ve been transformed for sustainable contemporary uses and learn how Collingwood has transformed into a hub of modern craft beer and alternative fashion. Discover how migrants have turned these areas into some of the most diverse in Melbourne and view an impressive mural on the nearby housing commission towers - one of the largest of its kind in the world. Visit the new Collingwood Yards Arts Precinct to learn about another amazing social enterprise and see one of the most iconic live music venues in Melbourne with the incredible Keith Haring mural nearby. As the tour continues back through the leafy streets of Fitzroy you’ll find more hidden gems, amazing street art, and learn about the many colourful characters of the area’s bohemian history. At the end of this ultimate inner-city walking tour, we’ll grab a refreshment at a truly ‘locals know’ watering hole, depending on the day it could be a charming historic pub, a trendy bar, or a late closing boho café. Armed with our recommendations, you’ll be ready to continue your exploring, shopping or eating in the area or nearby back in the centre of Melbourne.

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