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Rutledge Lane

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 22nd 2016

Rutledge Lane is the laneway that leads off Hosier Lane in central Melbourne and is a must-see if you're looking for street art.

Graffiti completely covers the walls, well above head height, as well as almost every other surface available, like the windows and even the bins, as seen below.

The works are changing all the time and if you're lucky you might even get to see an artist in action (I did).

I thought this laneway was almost as impressive as Hosier Lane (the most iconic street art site in Melbourne), but as you can see from the emptiness of the lane in my pictures (which were taken in the middle of a weekday in the January during the school holidays), not everyone ventures down it.

Perhaps this might be because people don't know where the lane leads? Well, the answer is right back to Hosier Lane. It's actually just a small, u-shaped lane, that you can't get to any other way.

Conveniently, these lanes are very easy to find, being located off Flinders Street, opposite Federation Square. This position means that even if you're not familiar with the area, you can find them easily and have a look at Melbourne's famous street art scene.

As such a great example of the city's street art, these lanes are also included on a lot of tours that will help you understand a bit more about this particular type of art.

A great example is Melbourne Street Art Tours, which is run by artists themselves.

I didn't do a tour, but can understand why they're valued, as street art can be a little inaccessible, not being something people see everyday (other than the odds tags).

My shots don't quite do it justice, but there's actually a lot of variety and skill involved, including a whole lot of different styles (something I learnt at the new Street Art Walk in Katoomba, near Sydney, which is curated and makes sure to include every type).

But you can enjoy the lanes even without doing a tour, as there's something to appeal to everyone (I saw pretty recognisable characters like Scooby Doo when I visited). Although I have to admit, Hosier Lane has the most tourist-friendly images.

Melbourne is a huge destination for street art, not just nationally, but internationally, and if you want to see it yourself, then Rutledge Lane and Hosier Lane should be at the very top of your list.
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Why? Melbourne is well-known for its street art, and this is one of the best places to see it
When: Any day
Where: Off Hosier Lane, across Flinders Street from Federation Square
Cost: Free
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It looks somewhat haphazard but it is part of the charm that is the City of Melbourne.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10456) 2554 days ago
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