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Published July 15th 2021
Discover Melbourne's world-renowned street art & murals
Melbourne is a vibrant and diverse city packed with top attractions, fabulous bars and restaurants, cultural experiences and more. It is also home to one of the world's most extensive street art scenes.

Melbourne's world-renowned street art scene is a self-guided approximately 3.2km (2 hours approx) walk leading to many laneways filled with spectacular and changing street art in Melbourne.



What makes Melbourne Street Art so unique is in 1984, Keith Haring (who helped spark the street art movement in New York City with his whimsical and subversive subway drawings) was invited to Melbourne.

He created works on paper, body paintings and several murals, including the one you can still see in Collingwood.



Like New York City, Melbourne's graffiti started in the train yards and quickly moved to Melbourne's laneways. By the 1990s, it became a full-fledged movement, and today, Melbourne's Laneways are packed with hundreds of street art and murals.

The list below features some of the Laneways where you can discover Melbourne's best street art.



1. Hosier Lane

Opposite Federation Square and joining Flinders Lane with Flinders Street, the cobblestoned Hosier Lane can be found. It is arguably the most popular and central point of Melbourne's street art scene.

Here you will find an overflow of art clusters, with almost no surface left untouched. You will also discover an ever-changing canvas of paste-ups, murals and hidden sculptures.



2. AC/DC Lane

Once home to the iconic AC/DC band's favourite music venue, today, AC/DC Lane is packed with professionally commissioned works that touch on Australia's culture.

You will find the band itself and other cultural touchstones, including the massive portrait of AC/DC's Malcolm Young and the 3D sculpture of Bon Scott.



3. Duckboard Place

Round the corner from ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place is home to few more treasures, touching stencils and two towering artworks: Fintan Magee's portrait of a man carrying a tree and Steen Jones.

The Lane is also home to world-class dining options and two Banksy rats on the left before turning the corner.



4. Presgrave Place

This tiny alleyway ticked behind Capital Arcade is where you will find more quirky street art, as most of the art is three dimensional.

There are framed prints, shadow boxes with sculptures and many mixed-media works, including framed art, photographs, posters, stickers, and works made from recycled materials.

Don't forget to grab a coffee at 30ml Cafe or enjoy a cocktail at Bar Americano (one of Melbourne's smallest bars- standing room for ten people!).

5. Union Lane

This narrow Laneway is jam-packed with colour and boasts impressive displays of street art. There are spectacular works from local artists that cover more than 550 square metres of wall space!

You will find vibrant tags and graffiti-style art running alongside David Jones. At the end of the Lane famous Bourke Street Mall calls home.



6. Tattersalls Lane

Packed with cheap eateries and some of Melbourne's favourite bars, Tattersalls Lane is also home to street art, including a colourful abstract mural by Chilean artist Nelson Cekis and towering above the Laneway is a portrait of a woman with feathers.

7. Drewery Lane

Created by family and friends of war veterans, the evolving mosaic artwork is made from handmade tiles honouring the Lane's long-time resident, Legacy House.

8. Flinders Way

Flinders Way is home to Lisa King's giant sleeping female figure, which can be found on the outside wall of Brunetti.



9. Blender Lane

Blender Lane is the spiritual home of Melbourne's famous street art scene. Here you will find a burst of colour, with stencils, murals, tags, and paste-ups.

The Lane is also home to the artist's market during the summer.

10. Croft Alley

This famous street art alleyway is home to one of Melbourne's very first laneway bars and amazing street art, which includes colourful murals and tags that line the walls.

11. Warburton Lane

Named after Thomas Warburton, a galvanised iron merchant or worked in the Lane in the late 1800s, today Warburton Lane is a famous street art lane and is home to nearby bars.



There is also Street Art Tours that street artists run. The Tour takes you to some of Melbourne's hidden underground treasures and takes you through the streets where artists works are, what technical aspects are involved in spray painting, stencil art and paste-ups, and much more.
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Why? Discover spectacular street art in Melbourne's Laneways
When: All year round
Where: Riverside Theatre, cnr Market & Church Streets, Parramatta
Cost: Free
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The street art has really become a thing and I think it adds so much to the city.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8207) 1 day ago
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