Melbourne's Life in the Gold Rush Walking Tour
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Melbourne, VIC
- Product code: GRWT
A lot is heard about life on the goldfields, but have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Melbourne during the Victorian gold rush?
This tour will take you on a walk through the city streets, visiting buildings erected during the 1850s to 1880s when gold was the driving force for Melbourne’s growth and prosperity. We’ll compare images from that time to the current day and tell stories of not only the wealth coming out of the goldfields, but the extreme poverty of the less successful.
We’ll contrast the excesses and wealth that earned Melbourne the title “Marvellous Melbourne”, richest city in the world with the sanitation issues that gave Melbourne the nickname “Smellbourne”. We’ll visit what were once the slums and red light district and talk about the seedier side of life and look at how society as it had traditionally been known was turned on its head. Men who left for the diggings as a servant and returned richer than their previous employer.
This tour covers around 4 kilometres with plenty of stops for talking and photos. Meet your tour host on the steps of the Immigration Museum and ends at the State Library. A souvenir gift is included for every guest.