Eliot in front of street art by Lushsux.
Meet Melbourne local Eliot, who has been a tour guide with Localing for over two years. What does he love most about touring? “There’s just so many things to show people in the heart of Melbourne”, with a variety of coffee shops, galleries, 19th century buildings and different ethnic communities. Whether you’re looking for a city tour, or something more specialised such as a Jewish or architecture adventure – Eliot’s your man. And that’s his favourite thing about the city – it’s the combination of all these wonderful parts that “really make up Melbourne”.
If you’re looking for some spectacular views of the city, Eliot recommends heading up to the Shrine of Remembrance. At the top, you have access to incredible views of the bay alongside contemporary architecture.
Feeling hungry? Eliot’s got the perfect place in mind. It’s a tiny spot tucked away behind a supermarket, down a cobblestone lane in Balaclava. Offering an intimate setting and plenty of vegan and gluten free options, Monk Bodhi Dharma is one of the local’s best kept secrets.
If you are looking to escape the crowds, Eliot knows the perfect place to relax. His favourite place to go is the Mornington Peninsula, as it’s “relatively untapped in terms of tourism. I would call it a one stop destination, as there is so much to offer. There are beautiful beaches with pristine turquoise water, amazing cellar doors with great selections of chardonnay and pinot noir. It also has Moonlit Sanctuary, which is a great place to get up close and personal with some Australian wildlife.”
“I never thought I would be a tour guide for Localing. I sort of fell into the job, but I really do love it. I love being able to showcase my city to people. It’s always really exciting, and I love catering to people’s particular interests and needs. Come out and have fun.”