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Self-Guided Street Art Tour Of Fitzroy

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by Monique Thorpe (subscribe)
Globe-trotting nomad life since April 2015.
Published October 17th 2014
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Not long after Melbourne was coined the world's street art capital, tour operators scrambled to add alleyway art tours to their catalogues and repertoires. I hold nothing against tour operators, they certainly have their place, however if you're like me and want to experience things alone and on your own schedule then read on, this series of Self Guided Street Art Tours is for you.

Fitzroy Self-Guided Street Art Tour

Starting Point: Corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets, Fitzroy.

Easily accessible by trams 86 and 11.

On this corner you will find The Workers Club, or to those well acquainted with the area, the old Rob Roy. This iconic venue is a fitting starting point for the Fitzroy, as it has played home to some of the most epic local bands over the years. The type of bar that everyone feels they belong in, The Workers Club is also home to one of the more quirky forms of street art that is taking a grip of Melbourne, the small spaces or window box galleries. Seventh is an artist run space which sees a rotation of local installations utilising the street facing windows of the venue as well as a night projection on the venue's exterior. Be sure to check this out before heading west on Gertrude Street (towards the Carlton Gardens) to start on our journey.

A short distance down Gertrude Street you will find Fitzroy Street, turn right and get your cameras out. You will immediately start to see the talent that roams these streets. As you walk north up Fitzroy St, be sure to pop into any alleyways that look interesting and keep an eye on both sides of the road for murals and paste-ups.

Never Enough Street Art Fitzroy
Turn Right at the base of Fitzroy St, when you see 'Never Enough' on the corner

You will pass the local favourite, the Standard Hotel, which is a good spot to pop into for a beverage (if required) to get a feel for the area and it's people. Fitzroy, like many of Melbourne's inner suburbs, has undergone significant gentrification of late however The Standard Hotel is one venue that this has not been touched. It still has all the charm of old Fitzroy, a world away from the crowds at Bimbos Pizzeria and new hot-spot Naked for Satan.

Bunny Street Art Fitzroy
Keep your eyes peeled, there are surprises around every corner on Fitzroy Street

Continuing north along Fitzroy St, you will reach a magnificent piece by AWOL crew on the corner of Johnston and Fitzroy Streets, of a young Aboriginal boy. This piece will take your breath away, and is a credit to the crew who have gone onto create greatness, such as their NGV exhibition and many other pieces around Melbourne.

AWOL street art Fitzroy St
AWOL piece on the corner of Johnston and Fitzroy Streets

After carefully crossing Johnston Street, you will be delighted by the treats that lie in the northern end of Fitzroy Street. Take your time investigating the side-streets and alleys of the area, and be sure to scope out Rose Street in full, home to the Rose Street Market on the weekends and Grace café, itself hosting street art around the exterior of the café and providing delicious coffee and vegan cakes inside.

Continue north until you reach Alexandra Ave, turn right and head towards the Fitzroy Pool. A local pool may seem an odd destination to have on a street art tour, however this is Fitzroy, remember. The exterior of the pool wall has been made beautiful by local paste-up master Kaff-Eine as part of the Heartcore Book series. Hearcore is a series of paste-ups by Kaff-Eine, which are her interpretations of stories from Berry Street school students. You would have to be made of stone to not be moved by this collaboration.

Kaff-eine parte up from the Heartcore series
Kaff-eine parte up from the Heartcore series

From the paste-ups head south through the park and onto the adjoining road, then right onto Westgrath Street. Take your time on Westgrath Street, and be sure to pop down all the alleys, there are some great pieces around here. Once you hit Brunswick Street, turn left and walk south towards the city, however make sure you look inspect this corner well, one of my favourite pieces of a magpie with a rose is housed here.

Pop into Leicester Street on your way down Brunswick Street, to view the most recent large addition to the area. A piece that proves that long gone are the days where street art was looked down upon by local government. Recently Yarra City Council landed themselves in hot water with this commission. It was not the fact that street art was being commissioned by a council that made the news, it was the subject mater and the reaction of the mayor that made the front page of state paper, The Age. Have a look at the mural, then see which side of the fence you sand on. Whichever way you lean, this piece does what street art is intended to do, stimulate conversation and public debate about society and act as a mirror to the world.

Street Art Fitzroy
Be sure to head down all the alleyways

Turn left onto Johnston St and keep your eyes up and aware to take in all the pieces on this corner and continue along Johnston to Juddy Roller . With an official address of 226A Johnston St, Juddy Roller is down Chapel St alley. This café / gallery a great place to hit up for lunch, as we've nearly come to the end of our Fitzroy tour. I won't tell you what to expect when you head down the alley, but just turn when you see the sign and be ready for a treat. This has got to one of the most Instagrammed alleys in Fitzroy, if not Melbourne.

After Juddy Roller, continue down Chapel Street, then head south on George Street. The art does start to drop off here a little, however there are a few large and beautiful pieces you will see as you cruise back to Gertrude Street. Once at Gertrude, walk on the southside of the road to get the best view of the alleyway art, and head back towards the starting point, at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets, to complete your tour.

Welcome to sunny Fitzroy - Johnston St, Fitzroy
Welcome to sunny Fitzroy - Johnston St, Fitzroy

The magnificent thing about street art is that it is ever-changing, I walk Fitzroy Street at least twice a week and every time I see something new or notice a new mural has gone up. This is a tour that you can do seasonally or annually. Enjoy the local area, the vibe of Fitzroy and most importantly, appreciate the talent of these incredible artists.

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Why? Because self-guided tours are the best type of tours
Where: Fitzroy, Vic
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Your Comment
Love the rabbit. Any idea what the 'C' stands for on the crown?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2126 days ago
Hi Monique, Love your walk! you should post it at
its free to create and share.Check it out!
by leigh (score: 0|9) 2113 days ago
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