Walking Tour with Sumptuous Afternoon Tea

Family Friendly, Discount for Groups & Children

Ever wanted to know where the first of Melbourne's bohemians would congregate? 

Why Marcus Clarke died penniless and the infamy of Vali Myers? 

Discover our rich history of bohemia!

This tour explores some of Melbourne's most fascinating bohemian figures and places of significance as well as the today lesser-known heritage of Marcus Clarke. We examine some of the key writers - intellectuals like Germaine Greer and Nick Cave, novelists, painters and entertainers such as Arthur Streeton, Vali Myers, Barry Humphries and Mirka Mora.

So where should you start?

Along the way our Our Bohemia Melbourne Walking Tour  will explore some of the key places associated with the post-war bohemian scene, introduce some lesser-known figures and stories.

Travelling at a leisurely pace via Melbourne’s iconic trams, this tour covers the city centre on foot. Tour is topped off with a sumptuous afternoon tea at a local haunt.

Tour Prices

$69.00 per person, 50% discount for children.

Tour dates to be advised, places are limited. Please register to our RSVP list.



We are a Melbourne walking tour company with a different offering!

Positioning ourselves away from mainstream attractions- we shed the light on what makes Melbourne so unique! Uncovering the characters and the lesser known stories that built this city.

Melbourne’s unique charm doesn't just lie in its hidden corners, back alleys, basements, and tiny laneways. These places are undeniable hubs of creativity and inspiration, but what about the people? The tales? And the legends that characterise bohemian Melbourne?

Our tours are for locals and visitors alike. Melbourne is filled with hidden gems, and we believe there is always more to discover for everyone. Leading the tours will be the charming Jessie, author Dr Tony Moore, Professor John Arnold and friends – local experts that are passionate about sharing their insiders’ knowledge, and excited to enhance your experience of this beautiful city.

Our tours includes local hotspots, quaint shops, kitsch cafes, and cosy bars- off the beaten tourist track.

We have a range of offerings for our tours, which span across the CBD and inner suburbs. Our tours include the Vintage Lovers Tour, Travelling High Tea Tour, and our 'signature' Bohemia Melbourne Tour. We aspire to let our customers have an intimate experience, and therefore cap our tours at a maximum of 10 people per tour. Personalised and private tours are also offered.


  • Recipient of the Small Business Grant 2014 (Melbourne City Council)
  • Recipient of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme 2013 (RMIT; Victorian Government Initiative)
  • Member of PTGAA 2013/2014
  • Member of City Precinct 2014


We acknowledge that Alternative Waking Tours is based on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri, Boonerwrung, Taungurong, Djajawurrung and Wathaurung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Why melbourne bohemia?

Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.