Walking tours

by Trisha Mee

The best way to see and explore a city and its surrounds is on foot, but if you're short on time or don't know where to start, a walking tour can take the stress out of deciding where to go, what to see, and what to do. Not only does someone else plan your itinerary, you get a guided tour, learn interesting facts, meet new people and in some cases, there’s a lunch thrown in too! All you need to do is show up in comfortable shoes. Need more convincing? Here are six more reasons...

1. You’ll fit more into less time

Walking tours prioritise the most interesting places and stunning locations so you get to see the best of what an area has to offer in a short amount of time. Plus it's a great way to find out a little bit about the history and learn some fun facts from a knowledgeable tour guide.

2. Identify the places worth exploring

Walking tours provide the perfect opportunity to see a location in person so you can better decide whether it’s worth coming back to and definitely beats any research conducted from a laptop.

3. It distracts from the fact you’re exercising

Trek up a windy mountain trail, walk through rainforest and bushland to a spectacular waterfall or wander through charming arcades and laneways, whatever type of walking tour you choose you’ll be so immersed in the sights, sounds and scenery that you’ll barely notice the burning sensation in your thighs and the sweat on your brow.

4. See things from a different perspective

Walking tours provide the opportunity to discover a favourite destination all over again. Exploring on foot slows things down and allows you to see things you may have previously missed. It’s a great way to reignite the excitement and sense of wonder of a place you often revisit, plus it arms you with the local knowledge to play tour guide on your next trip and impress your travelling companions.

5. Discover local haunts

Tour guides often point out the best local hangouts on walking tours. Anything from where to find the best food and coffee, places to shop and the coolest pubs and bars, so it’s worth taking note! Their recommendations could save you from a dodgy meal not to mention, a great way to experience the area like a local.

6. Find the best views

Do you take pride in filling your Instagram feed with amazing holiday snaps? A walking tour can help with that. Many tours will take you to a lookout point or the best spots to take great photos of beautiful scenery, landmarks and other unique features.


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