Melbourne Street Art Tour

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Duration: 2-3 hours
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Melbourne Street Art Tour

Pack your camera and charge your batteries, you’re going to check out the feature of this city that the city council has belatedly discovered will bring in the money-spending hoardes to the city – but you’re not going to need to spend a cent!

Starting the tour

Flinders Street Station main entrance.

Section 1:
Directions:

Cross the road to the corner outside St Paul’s Cathedral and then continue east along Flinders Street until just before Russell St, the next major intersection. The last lane before the traffic lights is Hosier Lane, your first stop.

Stopover:

If you’re here on a weekend, odds are you’re going to have to battle the brides to take your photos (suddenly it’s hip to schlep your $15,000 frock past the dumpsters), but you may also come across people working on a new piece, because Hosier Lane is always changing.
Hosier is also home to an official arts installation and you will notice light boxes up on the walls that have a changing roster of work in them.

Section 2:
Directions:

Once you reach the top of Hosier Lane, take a left down Flinders Lane, cross over Swanston Street and continue on the left-hand side of Flinders Lane until you reach the first lane on that side.

Stopover:

It’s not even a proper lane really, I don’t think it has a name, but what it does have is a Banksy piece. A little, barely-metre high job of a dude in a duffel coat and a diving helmet. Stop, pay homage, check out its new perspex cover to stop thieves and people working over it (and I thought transience was the point of street art!) and then move on. We’ve got less glorified stuff to check out.

Section 3:
Directions:

Keep heading west on Flinders Lane until you reach the point where Degraves and Centre Place intersect the Lane. Take a right up through the bustle of Centre Place and just as you reach the stairs, take a left into the dead end.

Stopover:

There could be buskers in this little blind end of Centre Place – there often are – or people having cigarette breaks or yet more wedding parties, but what there will almost definitely be is people with cameras. The pieces here are usually big, bright and bold. Enjoy.

Section 4:
Directions:

Back on to Flinders Lane, head east again to the corner of Swanston Street. There, turn left and head north up to Little Bourke Street. There, turn left and then take the first right in to Caledonian Lane.

Stopover:

Caledonian will probably smell. It’s what it specialises in as it’s where the dumpsters are for a whole bunch of restaurants. In addition, it is home to two of Melbourne’s hippest bars – Shit Town and St Jerome’s – and to an incredible array of ever-changing street art. Much of it courtesy of the Jerome’s boys. If you see any ridiculously curvy ladies on the walls then they’re likely to be Jerome’s pieces.

Section 5:
Directions:

Exit Caledonian Lane at the northern Lonsdale Street end and turn right, heading east along Lonsdale Street and back over Swanston Street. Keep an eye out on your right for Heffernan Lane, it’s not far from the corner of Russell St, but if you hit Waratah Place you’ve come too far.

Stopover:

Heffernan Lane is a little different to the other places you’ve seen today, while it has its share of graf and stencil work, it’s not of the calibre of the other work you’ve seen. What Heffernan Lane has is street signs. With a difference. Take a careful look at the parking restriction and other council signs posted along this laneway. Some of them are the real deal, most of them are not and they deserve your attention.

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