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

Three tiers of seating at Hamer Hall.

2. Hamer Hall

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

3. Forum Melbourne

A sculpture of a singer on a brick wall surrounded by street art.

4. AC/DC Lane

People outside Cherry Bar at night.

5. Cherry Bar

Columns and building of Parliament House lit at night.

6. Parliament House

Rows of red seats in the historic Princess Theatre.

7. Princess Theatre

8. Amphlett Lane

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

9. Her Majesty's Theatre

Inside Comedy Theatre, with 2 tiers of seating.

10. Comedy Theatre

Entrance to Curtin House on Swanston Street.

11. Curtin House

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

12. The Toff in Town

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

13. Bourke Street Mall

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

14. Melbourne Town Hall

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

15. Max Watt's

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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