If you love street art you’ll certainly find lots of places to spend hours strolling along the streets admiring the new and older pieces of art in Melbourne.
Although I’m not an avid art fan I really do enjoy checking out the street art and being awed by the talent and imagination of the many artists.
Hosier Lane in Melbourne CBD would have to be one of the most famous places to check out and is definitely my favourite which is known around the world in Melbourne. This is a place where I love to frequent as the artwork is always changing and I love watching all the tourists slowly meander along the short lane way taking their selfies and profile pictures.
If you want to stay in the area a little longer there’s a couple of restaurants to stop and have a meal or sit at the bar and have a drink or two.
Hosier Lane Location
- Hosier Lane is a short 5-10 minute walk from Flinders Street station, Melbourne.
AC/DC Lane which you guessed it is named as a tribute to the Australian rock & roll band AC/DC which was formed in Sydney in 1973. It’s a short cobblestone laneway where the walls are covered in street art. AC/DC lane is also home and famous for the rock music bar called Cherry Bar which is also a nightclub. Whist I haven’t been there many of my friends have and recommend it if you love live rock music. Sadly as of November 2018 the lease has been taken over and the site will be taken over by a nightclub, however there’s talks the famous Cherry Bar is to relocate.
- AC/DC Lane is a short 5-10 minute walk from Flinders Street station, Melbourne. Approximately 5-10 min walk from Hosier Lane
Duckboard Place Street Art
When you stroll down AC/DC Lane and turn left you are in Duckboard Place where the street art continues and you can stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat or have a drink or two.
Duckboard Place Location
- Duckboard Place is a short 5-10 minute walk from Flinders Street station, Melbourne
- If you are in AC/DC Lane turn left at the end of the laneway and you are there.
There’s street art scattered all over the CBD but Hosier Lane is my favourite.
Street Art in Collingwood/Fitzroy
My next favourite would have to be strolling along Johnston Street. After looking at the shops and many bars/cafes in Brunswick Street I start my own street art tour down Johnston Street. As you walk along browsing in the shop windows check out the street art which is down most of the streets coming off Johnston Street. You can meander your way following the art through the Fitzroy/Collingwood area, just remember to look up and behind you so you don’t miss any of the amazing pieces of art.
Being street art some of the artwork is present for years whilst other pieces are subject to change, so whether it’s your first street art tour or you’re revisiting the area you’re bound to see something new.
How long do I need?
Depending how much street art you want to admire will depend on how long it takes you, it’s certainly a destination where you can spend many hours exploring. There are plenty of bars or cafes to stop at for a refreshment or two.
Collingwood Public Housing Mural
If you’re looking for artwork on a grander scale head to the Collingwood Public Housing Mural. Here you will find a 20 storey mural which is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere.
The mural is of 4 faces of residents whom are from three continents. Theres a woman from Ethiopia, a young Vietnamese girl, a man fromWest Papua in Indonesia and a 6 year old student.
The Mural is celebrating pride in place and is a reminder to all that public housing is important for all those doing it tough. It’s a very touching and inspirational piece of artwork.
Collingwood Public Housing Mural Location
- Wellington Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
I would love to hear about your journey exploring street art whether it be in Melbourne or around the world.