Walk through History

Discover Melbourne's amazing history through a suite of walking tours that take you on a journey through the city centre, World Heritage precinct, and industrial hubs. 

The tours contain over 700 images, many from Museum Victoria's collection, and 90 audio recordings written and narrated by Museum Victoria staff.

Each tour is simple to follow with a GPS-enabled map of the route and its stops. At each stop, detailed text, audio commentary and stunning historical imagery reveal the stories of the characters, businesses and architecture that have transformed Melbourne and Victoria.

Available for both Apple and Android devices.

Download one app to access the three tours included in our first release:

Spotswood Industrial Heritage Walk
This tour of Spotswood provides an insight into the people, industries and businesses that transformed this landscape from a dairy farm to one of the Victoria's most important manufacturing hubs.

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Walk
This tour of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Site provides an insight into 19th century Melbourne: a period of optimism, enthusiasm and energy.

Melbourne's Golden Mile
Walk Australia's most historical trail. Explore Melbourne's heritage precincts, its city streets, arcades and laneways. See how gold built the city!

This free app provides a valuable reference and introduction to the history of Victoria that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors or at home.

Melbourne's Golden Mile trail in the Walk through History app

Media Credits
Images used in the app have been sourced from Museum Victoria, State Library of Victoria, State Library of New South Wales, National Library of Australia, VicRoads, Melbourne Water, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Public Record Office Victoria, and University of Melbourne Archives.

Some images used in this app are in copyright. To seek permission to reuse any of the images within this app, please check the image credit and contact the source organisation. If the image you are interested in is credited to Museum Victoria, contact us.

This app code is developed by MyTours with content developed by  Museum Victoria.

Project Manager: Jen Brook and Charlotte Smith

Lead Curator: Charlotte Smith

Research and Text Writing: Matthew Churchward, David Moloney, Adrian Regan

Design: David Bleja and Trevor Streader

Location Photography: Rodney Start

Production: Jonny Brownbill, Ajay Ranipeta, Simon Sherrin and Ely Wallis

Copyright clearances: Maria Bacic and Michael Pennell

Audio: David Newton, Scienceworks, Dr Charlotte Smith, Carlton Gardens Walk and Melbourne’s Golden Mile

Thanks to Prof Graeme Davison for the original Melbourne Golden Mile texts. Thanks also to Glen Barnes from Mytours for continued improvement to the MyTours platform.

Developed in association with staff and volunteers from Hobson’s Bay City Council and City of Melbourne

Additional Thanks to: Arch Cuthbertson, Anne Diplock, Stephen Dixon, Jenine Fleming Richard Gillespie, Tiffany Garvie, Peter Hannah, Nancy Ladas, Mirah Lambert, Lee-Anne Raymond, Linda Sproul, Michelle Stephenson, Melinda Viksne, Peter Waldie, Hayley Webster, Veronica Scholes, Robert Zugaro.

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