Gold fever walking tour
Two and a half hour walking tour
Cost: $55 per adult. $41.25 per child under 15.
Gold fever hit Melbourne in 1852 and the population tripled in the space of three years! Come on a walking tour of the streets of Melbourne and discover the sights and stories for this tumultuous time in Melbourne’s history.
See where the miners first set foot in Melbourne and hear stories of what their lives were like. Tales of drinking, debauchery and excesses of all kinds are told against a backdrop of poverty, poor sanitation and a seedy underworld. From bowling with champagne bottles for pins and gold bridles for horses all the way to homelessness and death from starvation, Melbournians of the 1850s to the 1880s saw extremes at both ends of the wealth spectrum. See buildings built from gold rush wealth during a time when Melbourne was the richest city in the world!
Your tour will start on the steps of the Immigration Museum at 400 Flinders St and wind through the streets of Melbourne with plenty of stops for stories and photographs, and will end at the State Library at 328 Swanston St. The total distance is around 4 kilometres. If required your tour host will escort you back to the Immigration Museum.
We recommend you wear weather appropriate clothing with comfortable walking shoes and carry a bottle of water.