What's Happening in Melbourne

March 1, 2018

Adam in front of bushland by the Yarra River.  

Meet the newest member of the Localing team, Adam, a Melbourne local who’s thrilled to start exploring his favourite parts of the city with guests.

Having worked in journalism and teaching, he’s excited to use his years of experience and knowledge when he’s on the road with guests. “I think those things really translate well into tour guiding. Interacting with people, spending...

September 23, 2016

These are a few details from a few short years in the life of one of our smallest boroughs.

In 1856, on something of a whim, George Coppin relieved a struggling James Ellis of a great burden, the Cremorne Gardens. Ellis had overestimated his abilities, and what had worked in London, struggled somewhat in Melbourne. Coppin was a well connected man around town, who possessed a particular genius for 'spectacle'. Pretty soon this m...

October 27, 2014

If you’re travelling somewhere new, strangeness is often part of the attraction and a cause for anxiety. Both reactions are quite natural and usually a sign you’re challenging yourself. If you’re travelling with a purpose, for business or some specific occasion well it’s obvious how to be productive. On a holiday or an adventure, making the most of your time can be a more complicated proposition. For many of us, being producti...

September 29, 2014

There’s a big Woolworths supermarket on Smith Street in Fitzroy. The façade is unusual but for years I never took much notice. We did a bit of research for a tour a while ago and found it had once been the Collingwood Coffee Palace, a stalwart of the local temperance movement. Many of these alcohol free pubs became licensed in an effort to survive but this one was bought cheap by a chap named George Coles. There he started the...

September 10, 2014

At Localing Tours we think long and hard about what makes the perfect day. No one is forced to spend money on travel and leisure but many people choose to. We get a surprising number of Australian guests on our tours but when you think a little longer, it’s not that surprising at all.


Our country is known as a working man's paradise for it’s relaxed, laid back culture and work life balance. These factors play a big role in...

July 30, 2014

If you're in Melbourne over the next few weeks you should really take some time to check out the Melbourne International Film Festival. It has been running since the 50's making it one of the world's oldest screen events and it is fair to say these guys are old hands.


The Forum Theatre is a local favourite with its ornate gargoyles and lavish auditorium. It's the perfect festival hub and conveniently located just across Flinde...

July 23, 2014

It’s another massive weekend in Melbourne. Here’s what we’re doing with our lovely guests.


Gertrude Street Projection Festival

A trip to Fitzroy isn’t complete without some time on Gertrude Street. See the local haunt at its best… in the dark of night, in the light of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

Open House Melbourne

A real treat with iconic buildings across the city open to the public in ways you never otherwise get...

June 16, 2014

Monocle recently came out with their latest quality of life results. By most official measures Melbourne does well on a global scale and is regularly commended as one of the worlds most liveable cities. If you're after a safe, comfortable and leisurely lifestyle it is certainly on offer here. What this means for short term visitors is still a mater for interpretation.

Monocle, like The Economist, consider safety, transport and...

May 17, 2014

Melbourne’s criminal history is legendary. From the very beginning, our story has been shaped as much by those who lived outside the law as by those within it. People like William Buckley, Ned Kelly, Squizzy Taylor and even Carl Williams have left an indelible mark on the city. They wont soon be forgotten.


Australia has always had an interesting relationship with crime and authority. It’s no secret we started out as the world’...

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