Guided walks and things to do

Discover the heritage treasures and secret histories of Port Phillip with free online and in person guided walks. Art and heritage programs are also available online and in person including self-guided walks and exhibitions.

Guided walks in Port Phillip

This is a free program of monthly walks that explore the heritage treasures of the City of Port Phillip. Join our knowledgeable walks leaders as they share the cultural, architectural, art and social histories of the places that we call home and tell the amazing stories of the people who have lived here.

2024 program - January to June


The greening of South Melbourne

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Canterbury Road Forest and travel through its striking flora landscapes with founder Brian Carter.

Start: Frazer Street Light Rail Station, Canterbury Road, St Kilda
FinishCanterbury Road and Kerferd Road, Albert Park

Access: Note unpaved paths and uneven ground.
Walk leader: Janet Bolitho

Images: Brian Carter courtesy Janet Bolitho, Canterbury Road Urban Forest, courtesy Janet Bolitho

Church organs of St Kilda

Experience the music and history of two Fincham and Hobday church organs in two heritage St Kilda churches, walking from St Kilda Uniting Church (1875) in Balaclava, to the St Kilda Presbyterian Church (1885) on Alma Rd. With organist Rhys Arvidson.

Start: St Kilda Uniting Church, Chapel Street, corner Carlisle Street St Kilda
Finish: St Kilda Presbyterian Church, 2 Alma Rd, corner Barkly St Kilda
Walk leaders: Meyer Eidelson, Marilyn Rudd

Image: Fincham & Hobday 1892, 3 manual, 31 speaking stops. Many more pipes behind the decorative facade.  


Please note: Due to a fire, the guided walk for See Yup Temple in May has been cancelled.

Acland Street end to end

Acland Street has it all.  Travel from Barkly Street to Fitzroy Street exploring heritage places and people from ‘Little Jerusalem’ and ‘Village Belle’ to cafes, shops, bars, mansions, theatres, churches and galleries.

Start: Prince of Wales Hotel, Acland Street, cnr Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Finish: Acland Street, corner Barkly Street
Walk leader: Marilyn Rudd

Image: Inverleith, 12 Acland Street, St Kilda, 1879, Donald Mc Donald, PPCC

The greening of Port Melbourne

Learn how Port's environment has changed since colonial settlement and the actions being undertaken in our streets, reserves, gardens and backyards to respond to a changing climate. 

Start / finish: *TBC
Walk leader: Janet Bolitho

Images: Westgate Park courtesy Janet Bolitho


Corner stories in Port

The story goes that there was a pub on every corner in Port Melbourne. Not quite. Wander through Port Melbourne's backstreets to find out stories about corner pubs, corner shops and the corners where people liked to hang out. 

Start/finish: *TBC
Walk leader: Janet Bolitho

Image: Miss Jago’s 1933 S/W CNR INGLES & HEATH ST. c1933, pm0027, PPCC

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