Hip Freo Mystery Design Walking Tour

Essence Design Tours are half day walking Tours, held over the summer season, that bring together like minded people, who are serious ” Interiors Addicts” and Design enthusiasts, to experience the hidden secret spots, the treasure troves, the bargain outlets and some cool cafes and Bars, that you probably have never heard of – right here on your very own doorstep!


16th December 9am – 1pm

Event Details:

We will be taking walking tour groups of 40 persons, to at least four of Perth’s best interior design “hidden secrets” on a half day walking tour (of four hours, morning 9-1pm or afternoon 1-5pm).

There will be at least one cafe/bar stop on the tour ( included in the ticket price), guest speakers, informative talks from outlet / store vendors and suppliers, artists and from our tour leaders themselves.

The tour will be a “workshop style” of learning tour, where experts will be on hand, one on one, to help you with your decorating, renovating or home styling projects; so there will be many tricks of the trade, helpful hints AND interiors advice shared , along with discounts & giveaways throughout all of our tour itineraries!

Our energetic tour leaders will ensure you have a day to remember, with like-minded “interiors addicts and design freaks”, walking through the streets of Fremantle, Perth, Mount Lawley, Claremont, Osborne Park etc and other unique suburban destinations in 2018, where we will show you ” WHERE THE DESIGNERS GO ” for bargain home wares, discount renovation products, art work, gifts and just any sort of super cool stuff, to add pizzazz or that “professionally styled edge” to your own home.

Bring your design ideas, get some new ones, learn the quick and easy fix ups, meet new people, have a bit of exercise and support your local trades and food/drink outlets, all while having some entertaining, informative,learning, super social networking, fun!!


What is included in the ticket price?

Each guest receives a food / drink package at at least one cafe/bar stop on tour. There will be guest speakers and talks, demonstrations, giveaways, door prizes, goodie bags, discount vouchers, refreshments, and in depth interior design info session on various Design topics and a Q & A session, with an experienced, established interior designer, Simone Gillespie herself (or her trained tour leaders) and many other bonuses at each venue (at least four in total). The tour is a walking tour- no transport is provided.

Where do we meet? And what time should we meet?

Check your confirmation email to confirm the starting time/venue. Alternatively give us a call or email and we will let you know. You will be told the first tour stop only. The other destinations on tour will only be revealed in the intro ‘meet and greet session” which will be in the first hour, at the first venue. If you cannot make it to the start time, you must contact us and we can let you know where you can meet up with us on the tour. The tour moves as a group, by foot only and will move along to all four venues, within close distance to each other, ending at the final cafe/bar stop. ( transport back to your start point, is not included in the tour price, but the start point will not be more that 2-3 kms away by foot or you may get Uber, taxi or public transport )

Is there a bus, or do we walk to each spot?

Luckily for us, there are so many secret interior design spots in Perth, within walking distance of each other, in our “Super Design Precincts”, located in each suburb we go to – so each tour stop is only a few minutes walk to the next one. We do recommend wearing something comfortable on your feet though. Closed in shoes a must. Please dress in light clothing and dress for the elements, water, hat and sunscreen is a must! A very large shopping bag or a few bags is recommended!

What’s the dress code for the tour?

Smart casual will be fine – no high heels or thongs though! Dress for the expected weather as it is an outside event, please check on the weather forecast for the day. We will walk rain or shine, so bring umbrella if needed or a shade umbrella/ hat. Feel free to email us if you aren’t sure what’s acceptable.

Which places/ shops/ outlets/ galleries/ cafes/ bars do we visit on the tour?

We do like to keep a little mystery about our walking tours, but if you are desperate to know which outlets you’ll attend, contact us and we can let you know a few more clues. All we can say is that each gallery/ outlet/ warehouse/ store/ cafe/ bar, will offer something a little different on every tour and they will all be ‘a lesser known hidden gem!’ We are here to show you the secret spots that only the “designers in the know” are aware of!

Where will the tour finish?

Contact us and we’ll be able to let you know exactly which bar/cafe/venue we will be finishing at. All of our Perth CBD, Fremantle and various suburban walking tours, finish close to taxi tanks and public transport, so that you can easily return home safely.

You are welcome to stay on at the last venue/ cafe/ bar and mingle and network with other tour guests and new friends that you will be sure to meet on the tour! Its up to you how long you stay……

What is the general age range for your tours? Can I bring friends and family?

Our tours are open to everyone and anyone so there is definitely no age limit. As long as you’re reasonably fit and able to walk an overall 2-3 kms you will be fine! All friends and family are welcome to come and kids are on application ( no charge for kids up to 12, be aware that we will be visiting bars and cafes, so supervision a must).

Yes we have seniors discount, group discount and repeat tour discount

What’s the maximum limit per tour?

Our walking tours have a limit of 40 people, however we can make arrangements for larger groups if you can provide us with enough notice. We can tailor any tour to your own needs , wheter it be a tour for building new houses, for renovating old houses, for decorating properties, for doing a home make over, or just for learning how to source and complete projects like window treatments for your own home, for example.

I’m not going to be able to make it on time. What should I do?

If you’ll be arriving late to a tour, we suggest giving us call and we can notify our tour leader. We will be at the first tour stop venue for an hour or so, so we may still be there when you arrive! Or meet up with us down the track.

I need to cancel my ticket. What do I do?

If you need to cancel your ticket and request a tour credit for another day/date/ tour you can do so through the confirmation email you received from Eventbrite. There is NO refunds for no shows. No refunds for less than 24 hour cancellations. Only tour credit given outside the 24 hour minimum. Our cancellation policy is below:​

For Individual Tickets:

• Tour Credit request with more than 24 hours notice – yes you can change date or the tour with a credit

• Refund request with less than 24 hours notice – no refund.

* No Show- no refund applicable ( unless in dire circumstances then it will be by negotiation)

What if it’s raining?

Our tours run in all weather in rain, hail or shine- so we suggest checking the weather forecast before attending. If you have any concerns about the weather, please contact us and we can discuss.

​If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help you out!


What are my transport / parking options for getting to and from the event?

Some tour starting point venues, have very limited parking and you should ask via email or phone prior to arriving bout where to park safelIts best to catch taxi, uber or public transport and please do not drink and drive. You leave your car parked AT YOUR OWN RISK. PARKING TICKETS AND FINES ARE YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

SIMONE FROM ESSENCE is happy to talk with you about tours and any questions you have.

call 0411348761

or email her at simgil@iprimus.com.au

or go to @essencedesigntours and send a messenger

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Is it transferrable?

yes it would help. You can transfer the ticket to another person, if you let us know in advance.

Can I update my registration information?

yes you can