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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.
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.
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.