Melbourne is renowned for its street art. Some of the good stuff hides in the city’s nooks and crannies. Other pieces take up entire walls. Get the lowdown on where to find it and what to look for, and then map out your next visit with our street art walking guide.

The masked mural in Southbank

Let’s start with this very timely mural in Southbank, created by the sensational The piece appeared in early June 2020. It continues to strike a chord with Melburnians trying to live the new normal. 

A mural of a couple kissing on the side of a building
Pete Cto's masked mural

Hosier Lane

Melbourne’s most photographed cobbled laneway is usually jam-packed with selfie-stick-wielding visitors. It’s the mother lode of Melbourne street art, and has been an attraction since 1998. This is a shifting canvas, though, with graffiti disappearing and appearing overnight. Perhaps the most memorable is the Indigenous boy by large-scale spray-paint artist Adnate. To see his 23-metre-high realist mural, look up. Hungry? Thirsty? Stop in at Tres a Cinco, a bright and art-filled outdoor Mexican cantina, just off Hosier, for tacos and margaritas.

Laneway street art
Hosier Lane

Presgrave Place

The street art here leans toward the three-dimensional. Think small sculptures and images set within physical frames. Look down and you might see a whimsical miniature diorama by Liz Sonntag, AKA Tinky. Speaking of miniatures, this lane is also home to Bar Americano, one of Melbourne’s smallest (and best) bars.

A laneway with small murals on it
Presgrave Place

Meyers Place

Meyers Place was home to the eponymous bar that launched Melbourne's laneway revolution. Now one of four thoroughfares transformed by our Green Your Laneway program. Here, you'll find a Mike Makatron mural. Admire his beautiful urban jungle, then enjoy city views and a brew at Loop Roof.

A large green floral street art mural
Meyers Place

Higson Lane

Wander down this unassuming lane. Here, you'll find Baby Yoda musing about chicken nuggets and being generally adorable. Then dip in under the neon sign for a drink at GoGo or swing around the corner for a casual feast at Chin Chin.

A mural of an older man and a small alien
Higson Lane

AC/DC Lane

Named after the legendary Oz rock band, AC/DC Lane is a nexus for music and street art. Marvel at sticker-bombed windows. Check out murals of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, and Mike Makatron’s 3D sculpture of Bon Scott bursting through the wall. Art making you hungry? Try Peruvian food at Pastuso or contemporary Indian at Tonka.

The corner of a laneway with street art on it
AC/DC Lane

Duckboard Place

Big murals cover this lane’s walls. None are bigger than Steen Jones’ towering tribute to Melbourne. This bold design of roses and a butterfly looks like the wall has got itself a tattoo in honour of the city. On a much smaller scale, there’s also one of the last Banksy rats, which used to lurk all over the CBD. In contrast to the raucous street art outside, dip into Lee Ho Fook. Here, you'll find elegant Chinese cuisine.

A mural in a city laneway
Duckboard Place, featuring art by Steen Jones.

Upper West Side Street Art Precinct

Melbourne’s first official street art precinct was launched in December 2017. You’ll find it up on Spencer Street, opposite Southern Cross Station. The precinct was curated by the Juddy Roller collective. They worked with six huge names from Melbourne’s street art scene. Adnate, Dvate, Fintan Magee, Rone, Smug and Sofles. The venue is an old power station, the perfect easel for these large-scale graphic murals. There's Dvate’s orange-bellied parrots. Rone’s massive, photorealist muses. There are also a couple of Smug standouts. Look for the enormous portrait of his grandparents.

A mural of an older couple on a building
SMUG mural in the Upper West Side Arts Precinct

Blender Lane

Blender Lane is another artists’ darling. No wonder, it was the first home of urban art incubator, Blender Studios. The unsigned cul-de-sac is a whirl of tags, stencils, graffiti art and paste-ups. No space has been left untouched. You’ll find it off Franklin Street, up near Queen Victoria Market. These artists also run tours and workshops.

A laneway with street art on the walls
Blender Lane

Caledonian Lane

Tiny Caledonian Lane runs between Lonsdale and Little Bourke streets. The alley has been a street artists’ favourite for years. Right now it’s scored a series of murals commissioned by various gaming developers. They're right outside Fortress Melbourne, a brand new games entertainment venue. No surprise, they depict characters from video games and esports. The technicolour artworks cover entire buildings in the alley. 

A laneway with street art on the walla
Caledonian Lane

West Side Place Artcade

West Side Place Artcade is an immersive public art gallery. It was created by award-winning art collective Juddy Roller and other Melbourne artists. You'll find installations inhabiting spaces destined for future shops, cafés and restaurants. This project has been dubbed Australia’s first ever ‘artcade’. It features works by Reko Rennie, Rone and Adnate. Lisa King, George Rose, John Aslanidis, Caleb Walmlsey (aka Mayonaize) and Meggs are also featured.

A mural of a woman on a wall inside a purple-hued space

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