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Ac/Dc Lane sign
​Take a walk through Melbourne’s music highlights, including historical venues, rock routes, sticky carpets and music laneways.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Walking time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 3.5 km​ ​

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.

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Sights on this walk

1. Arts Centre Melbourne
The Arts Centre is home to the State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and the Australian Music Vault, which features a free exhibition showcasing Australia’s music scene.

2. Hamer Hall
Hamer Hall hosts performances from a broad range of local and international concerts from rock, pop and jazz through to classical and chamber music.

3. Flinders Street Station
Designed in 1899, Flinders Street Station and Ballroom opened in 1910. Public dances filled the ballroom in its heyday of the '50s and '60s, always finishing before the last train home.

4. Forum Theatre
Built in 1929 as a grand picture palace, the Forum Theatre also spent some time as a Christian revival centre. Today, it’s one of the best places in Australia to see live music.

5. AC/DC Lane
AC/DC Lane was the first street in Australia named after a rock band. As street-naming rules don’t allow the use of a forward-slash, City of Melbourne retrofitted the giant lightning bolt you see today.

6. Cherry Bar
Cherry Bar's live music and late-night license makes it a favourite hangout for local and international musicians after their shows; just ask Lady Gaga, who famously danced on the bar!

7. Loop Project Space & Bar
Drop into Loop Bar any time after 4pm to be mesmerised by its ever-changing program of live audio-visual performances and workshops.

8. Parliament House
An impromptu concert took place on the Parliament House steps in 2010 during the Save Australia's Live Music (SLAM) rally, to protest regulations that were forcing city music venues to close.

9. Princess Theatre
The Princess Theatre has been used for entertainment since 1854, staging many of the world’s most successful productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Cats.

10. Amphlett Lane
This lane is named in honour of Chrissy Amphlett, the charismatic singer for the Divinyls who sadly died of breast cancer in 2013.

11. Her Majesty’s Theatre
One of Melbourne's most iconic venues for live performances, Her Majesty’s has been entertaining Australia since 1886.

12. Comedy Theatre
This historic 1928 Comedy Theatre hosts comedy shows, musicals and drama, with seating for 1000 people.

13. Curtin House
The ‘vertical laneway’ known as Curtin House includes a number of bars and restaurants along with live music venue The Toff in Town.

14. The Toff in Town
The Toff is an intimate performance space that has featured artists such as Ed Kuepper, Bill Callaghan, Pete Murray, Paul Kelly, Martha Wainwright, Rowland S Howard and Robert Forster.

15. Bourke Street Mall
A popular busking spot, the Bourke Street Mall is where some of Melbourne’s musicians started their careers, including The Pierce Brothers and Tash Sultana.

16. Melbourne Town Hall
The Town Hall was a popular spot for celebrity welcomes, including the Beatles in 1964 and ABBA in 1977. It's also home to the largest grand organ in the Southern Hemisphere.

17. Max Watt’s
Australian artists such as Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors and You Am I have filled the room at the iconic Max Watt's, along with international artists like the New York Dolls, Foo Fighters and The Strokes.

Other music sights

The venues on this walk are but a fraction of Melbourne’s immense music scene. If you have more time, here are some additional spots worth visiting.

Festival Hall, West Melbourne
Originally a boxing and wrestling venue, Festival Hall was redesigned in the '60s to allow for music concerts and for many years has hosted some of the biggest acts to come to Melbourne.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Surrounded by the Kings Domain parklands, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl opened in 1959 and caters to all tastes including orchestras, heavy metal bands, Christmas carols and DJs.

Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music venue combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two world-class performance spaces.

Birrarung Marr
Located on the Yarra River, near Federation Square, Birrarung Marr is a public space and significant site for Aboriginal artists and communities.

Federation Bells
This set of 39 bronze bells was created to celebrate the centenary of Australia’s 1901 federation. You can compose music for the Federation Bells using an online composer.

Map of the Melbourne music walk

map of the melbourne music walk

Melbourne in music clips

Melbourne has featured in many music clips over the years including:

Melbourne record stores

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