Melbourne is widely known as one of the world’s great music cities, and has more live music venues per capita than any other city in the world. The city itself has featured in many music video clips for bands like AC/DC and The Cat Empire.

From music venues to busking hot spots and historical sites, this walk will take you on a tour of the city's music highlights. We hope you feel inspired to catch a show or visit one of Melbourne’s record stores.

This walk is approximately 3.5km and takes around 90 minutes.

Iconic spire of the Arts Centre Melbourne.

1. Arts Centre Melbourne

This performing arts complex is a cultural and architectural landmark.

Three tiers of seating at Hamer Hall.

2. Hamer Hall

Hosting a range of performances from rock, pop and jazz to classical and chamber music.

Ornate architecture of dome and tower of Forum Melbourne, with Federation Square in the foreground.

3. Forum Melbourne

Built in 1929, today the Forum is one of the best places in Australia to see live music.

Colourful street art in AC/DC Lane.

4. AC/DC Lane

Named after the legendary Australian rock band, this lane is covered in tributes to rock'n'roll.
Neon cherry sign.

5. Cherry Bar

Live music and a late-night license make this a favourite of local and international musicians.

Large screen showing a scene from Casablanca in a bar with red lighting.

6. Loop Project Space & Bar

Be mesmerised by an ever-changing program of live audio visual performances and workshops.

Columns and building of Parliament House lit at night.

7. Parliament House

See the site where Save Australia's Live Music (SLAM) rally took place in 2010.

Rows of red seats in the historic Princess Theatre.

8. Princess Theatre

This iconic landmark has been staging some of the worlds most successful productions since 1854.

9. Amphlett Lane

Named in honour of Chrissy Amphlett, singer of the Divinyls who passed away in 2013.
Tiered seating and red plush stage curtain.

10. Her Majesty's Theatre

An iconic venue for live performances, this theatre has been entertaining Australia since 1886.

Inside Comedy Theatre, with 2 tiers of seating.

11. Comedy Theatre

This historic theatre has hosted comedy shows, musicals and drama since 1928.

Entrance to Curtin House on Swanston Street.

12. Curtin House

This 'vertical' laneway includes bars and restaurants along with live music venue The Toff in Town.

Crowd of people waiting to be served at the bar area of the Toff in Town.

13. The Toff in Town

This intimate performance space has featured artists such as Paul Kelly and Martha Wainwright.

Bourke Street Mall at dusk, with a tram and the GPO building in view.

14. Bourke Street Mall

A popular busking spot where some of Melbourne's musicians started their careers.

Neo-classical, heritage-listed, Melbourne Town Hall building on Swanston Street.

15. Melbourne Town Hall

Home to the largest grand organ in the southern hemisphere and the Beatles appearance in 1964.

Back view of a musician and musical equipment silhouetted on a stage facing the audience with sparkling lighting effects.

16. Max Watt's

International artists like The Strokes and Foo Fighters have filled the room at this underground venue.

More to explore

See more of Melbourne’s immense music scene. Catch a gig at 170 Russell, The John Curtin Hotel, Trades Hall, Colour Club, Last Chance Rock 'n' Roll Bar, The Drunken Poet or Transport Hotel.

Or head to record stores Heartland Records, Wax Museum Records, Basement Discs, Rocksteady Records and White Rabbit Record Bar.

Birrarung Marr

A public park and significant site for Aboriginal artists and communities.

Federation Bells

Created for the centenary of federation, this set of 39 bronze bells ring out daily.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

This outdoor venue in Kings Domain caters to orchestras, carollers, metal bands and DJs.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Showcasing msucians, artists and ensembles in two world class performance spaces.

Looking Out, Looking In (Spotify playlist)

This Spotify playlist is curated by local musicians to showcase Melbourne’s diverse and emerging music scene.

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