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Gemima Cody, Time Out Melbourne


Meet local guide and co-founder: Dean Hampel

April 6, 2018

 Dean in front of Coffee Supreme, Abbotsford. 


Meet Dean, a Melbourne local and one of Localing’s co-founders. Dean, along with Dan, started Localing around five years ago. They believed that the Melbourne touring scene was lacking luxury, bespoke and private experiences. So they began toying with the concept of creating the perfect tour for a place like Melbourne, because it’s “a city where you really need a local, to understand it”– and so Localing was born. Having travelled extensively around the world, Dean’s passion for his hometown remains paramount. “Every city has all of these unique aspects and I always relate these back to Melbourne. I also really love the fact that it doesn’t matter what your interests are, this city has it all. It has awesome food, arts, culture, architecture and so on – and I just love it”. Even though there is such a diverse range of things to do, Dean says the one thing that makes this city really stand out from the rest is “definitely the people, the people make the city what it is”.


All of our experiences have become popular with our guests, but one of Dean’s favourite tours would definitely have to be the Great Ocean Road. He loves sharing this place with guests because it has such a “unique coastline, and nowhere else in the world compares. It’s got that ‘wow’ factor that guests really want to see, from beautiful scenery to unbelievable wildlife, it’s a place that has it all”.


Why should you choose Localing, when you’re in Melbourne? “I think our tours give you a really great insight and understanding of Melbourne, especially if you’re only here for a short amount of time. We take you behind the scenes to meet the makers of this city, people who are so passionate about what they do”. If you’re looking to come along on one of our tours, Dean would have to say the best thing about Localing “would have to be our guides, their ability to understand the city is second to none. It doesn’t matter which guide you’re going with, they all have this unbelievable connection with the makers of Melbourne”.


“I seriously just love this business, I love what I do, I love the people that I work with, and the truth is you’ve got to experience a Localing tour”.


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