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The best street art in Melbourne (with map)

This guide will tell you where to head to for the best street art in Melbourne. This city is in itself, one giant work of art.

A mural of a young Muslim girl in Hosier Lane, one of the most popular destinations for street art in Melbourne.
Street art in Melbourne’s ever-changing Hosier Lane.

Melbourne is very much an arty destination, dripping with culture. The city is essentially a living, breathing canvas, with constantly changing art lining its streets, laneways and walls.

This is certainly a draw-card for visitors, as exploring Melbourne’s street art is a cheap and easy way to get a feel for the city.

Even as a local, the ever-changing art scene means that you’ll constantly be delighted.

You can walk down streets you’ve never stepped foot in before and be pleasantly surprised.

Laneways you may enter frequently hold just as much chance of offering something new.

A mural of Rodin's thinker in Melbourne's Chinatown... glued to his phone.
A thoroughly modern take on Rodin’s Thinker.

Where is the best street art in Melbourne?

I personally think some of the city’s best art lies in its outer suburbs, but that’s a different post altogether.

Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District) is kinda covered with it, so if you’re not in the city for long, it’s pretty easy to

This neighbourhood guide to Melbourne highlights some places outside the city centre, which you can head to for fantastic and colourful murals.

For now, let’s focus on the street art in Melbourne’s , which is both interesting and varied.

Here are some of the best known laneways, and some others that are worth taking a gander at, if you’re in the vicinity.

I’ve named the artists of specific works where possible (i.e., if I actually know who they are) and have included some options to stop for a coffee break, or a tipple.

Walking around, looking at art is thirsty work, after all!

Find the laneways and small streets full of colourful murals with this Melbourne street art map.


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The most interesting street art in Melbourne city

Urban art on Little Bourke Street of an orange-bellied parrot and a man and woman lying down.
The Little Bourke Street art precinct.

What are the best locations for street art in Melbourne? Some of the best laneways and roads for art are clustered together, others are more of a hike.

We’ll start at the city’s west and work our way across it.

Little Bourke Street

Right down the end of Little Bourke Street, directly opposite Southern Cross Station, is a collection of murals by some renowned street artists.

Unlike much of the other Melbourne street art we’ll cover in this post, these are standalone works that make you feel like you’re walking through a gallery, not a random laneway in a big, thriving city.

A dynamic portrait of a young Aboriginal boy by Melbourne street artist Matt Adnate.
Adnate’s beautiful portrait of a young First Nations boy.

Smug, Adnate, Sofles, Fintan Magee, Rone, Dvat, Kaffe-eine and many Melbourne street artists all have works in this part of the city and it’s well worth coming to check it out.

I particularly like the works painted on an old substation – it really brightens up what is generally a rather drab end of town.

Grab a coffee at: Nearby Higher Ground. Getting a table can be difficult on the weekend, but they do have an outdoor coffee cart.

Vibrant street art of Blender Lane in Melbourne.
Looking down Blender Lane.

Blender Lane

Blender Lane is a stone’s throw from Queen Victoria Market, so you can go check out this laneway after grabbing a bite to eat there.

This little laneway was once home to Blender Studios, an institution firmly entrenched in the Melbourne street art scene, helping to produce some of Australia’s finest artists.

The studios may be located in West Melbourne now, but their legacy lives on. There’s stencils, tags, murals and even (bizarre) sculpture to be found here.

Mike Makatron and Conrad Bizjak's mural in Gallagher Place depicts Melbourne overtaken by green jungle.
Mike Makatron and Conrad Bizjak’s mural depicts Melbourne, overtaken by jungle growth.

Close up image of a Melbourne statute covered in green growth.

Part of the mural is of a Melbourne tram with plants growing through it.

Gallagher Place

On a small laneway off Bourke Street, artists Mike Makatron and Conrad Bizjak have painted a Melbourne, reclaimed by nature.

Green vines sweep over recognisable urban structures, such as Town Hall and a tram.

It’s highly reminiscent of the scene in Jumanji (1995, not the crap new one) where the jungle erupts within the old Parrish residence.

I like it.

Grab a coffee at: Kinship & Co.

Street art by Al Stark in Coromandel Place – red faces, trees, plants.
Al Stark’s work in Coromandel place.

Coromandel Place

Coromandel Place is another favourite of mine and one that few others seem to make the journey to.

It was only recently revitalised in the last couple of years, with works by Al Stark and Ghostpatrol.

Ghostpatrol's work in Coromandel Place of animals and a girl who looks like she's on an adventure.
Ghostpatrol’s mural.
Artwork by renowned local artist Rone, hidden down a nearby alleyway.
Secret art by renowned artist Rone.

Local’s tip: Fancy checking out some secret street art in Melbourne? There’s a really cool alleyway near this laneway, featuring works by renowned street artist Rone. Have a little explore of the area and see if you can find it!

Grab a coffee or drink: At the brightly coloured Oli & Levi.

Mike Makatron's street art in Melbourne of green growth over modern technology, including an alarm clock.
Mike Makatron’s beautiful piece of art, a jungle in an urban jungle.
Mike Makatron 'Jungle funk' mural features green growth over modern technology, including a watch and apple computer (as in literally a computer with an apple in it).
Looking down the laneway.

Meyers Place

This laneway was a pilot place for the city’s ‘Green Your Laneways’ project, which I would say is a roaring success.

Standing under Mike Makatron’s bright mural ‘Jungle Funk’ will certainly make you feel like you’re right in the thick of it… and it sure is a jungle out there.

Street art in Mcilwraith Pl of a vibrant galah and some bees.
Beautifully vibrant.

This laneway is right up in the theatre end of town, so it’s easy to check out after seeing a play – particularly at the Princess Theatre, which is currently showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Don’t miss the art on nearby Mcilwraith Place, either!

Grab a coffee or drink: At Lane’s Edge or Loop Roof.

Mike Makatron mural of a colourful frog.
More art by Mike Makatron.

Mornane Place

You’ll find some truly obscure street art in this little laneway, with a few pieces of brightly coloured artwork.

It’s well worth popping into if you’re in the area.

Eclectic art in Presgrave Place featuring framed murals and stencils, and a giant poster of Melbourne Bitters beer.
Presgrave Place differs somewhat from other Melbourne laneways.

Presgrave Place

This laneway’s art deviates slightly from the norm, but this is not an unusual case in Melbourne.

Rather than painted murals, the street is lined with kitschy, framed murals, with some weird rat sculptures hanging from the ceiling.

 Multiple framed works in Presgrave Pl and some bizarre sculptures that are kinda hard to describe.
Framed art in Presgrave Place.
Looking down Howey Place's arcade with its historic glass archway.
Howey Place, a place of history.

This is the ideal laneway for those who like to take a slower approach to their art. It’s like taking in the walls of a museum… a grimy, outdoor museum that smells ever so slightly of urine.

The laneway leading into Presgrave, Howey Place, is also a piece of Melbourne history.

Formerly known as “Coles Walk”, the glass archway is all that remains of famed bookshop Coles Book Arcade.

Grab a coffee or drink: At Bar Americano… if you can get in. It seats only 10 patrons at a time, making it one of Melbourne’s smallest bars.

A mural of a beautiful woman, high up on the wall of a building, by Matt Adnate.
Another of Adnate’s beautiful murals.

Tattersalls Lane

Acting as a transition zone between the north of the CBD and Chinatown, this is one of Melbourne’s oldest laneways.

It’s the kind of alleyway you can wander down, take in some art and spend some time bumming around in, with its proliferation of eateries and bars.

A bright mural of a duck or something.
A brightly coloured laneway within a laneway.

Make sure you look up, so you don’t miss the work of Melbourne street artist Adnate.

Grab a drink: At Section 8 Bar or Ferdydurke (so much fun to say out loud). Alternatively, grab some dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling House.

Colourful pastel art of a woman painting a toucan in Rankins Lane.

Rankins Lane

Rankins Lane is off Little Bourke Street and features a few nice murals.

It’s best known for being home to two of the best cafes in Melbourne, but definitely consider checking out the art, while you’re there.

Grab a coffee: Brother Baba Budan and Manchester Press.

Vibrant mural of Cyndi Lauper circa 1980s, dancing and twirling her skirt.
Beautiful mural of a young Cyndi Lauper in Strachan Lane.

Strachan Lane

There are still some cool pieces of work in Strachan Lane, but the fun police swooped in and removed the most daring of all.

In 2017, Archibald artist Vincent Fantauzzo painted a 3D checkerboard mural on the floor of this lane, to promote quality street art.

A mural of a man and woman in Strachan Lane.

Unfortunately, it was quickly removed by the council when it was deemed to be unsafe.

A pity, indeed.

Art in Drewery Lane featuring a mosaic and handmade tiles.
Drewery Lane has another alternative take on street art.

Drewery Lane

This laneway features some of the most original street art in Melbourne.

Drewery Lane is covered in a mosaic of handmade tiles, honouring the nearby Legacy House, who look after the loved ones of those who have lost their lives in protecting the country.

Looking down Drewery Lane with its mosaic of tiles.
Around a thousand pieces line the laneway.
Close up of a Drewery Lane mosaic, which reads 'Have you stopped the senseless killing yet?'
Just in case you thought the art in this laneway was pro-war…

The ‘Mosaic Man’ Sankar Nadeson holds workshops helping families, friends and widows of war veterans to make tiles that are then attached to the wall in the lane.

The project started in 2015 and now boasts over 1000 tiles.

Healing through art. It’s a powerful thing.

Grab a coffee: at Little Rogue.

Lushsux's mural of the Kardashians, where two of them pose topless, flipping the bird while taking a selfie.
Lushsux’s famous take on the Kardashians. Appropriate, I think.
Baby Guerilla black and white stencil of a man dressed for work and holding a briefcase, falling through the air.
Baby Guerilla has pieces all over the city.

Sniders Lane

Up from Drewery Lane is Sniders Lane, which features some cool murals of its own.

It’s famously the location of the two topless Kardashians, a 9-metre tall mural painted by Lushsux.

A mishmash of graffiti in Union Lane.
Union Lane is as you can see, a popular space for graffiti.

Close up mural of a galah in Union Lane.
Don’t spray over the galah!

Union Lane

Union Lane is another alleyway that feels like an ever-changing canvas, lined with colourful bits of graffiti and the odd mural.

It’s just off Bourke Street, not far at all from the mall.

I highly advise holding your nose while strolling down the street. Judging from the smell, it moonlights as a late night toilet for men, as well as a canvas for street artists.

A vibrant mural by Heesco in Beany Lane.
Heesco’s beautiful work.
Close up portrait of a Muslim woman in Beany Lane.
Beany Lane is small but underrated.

Beaney Lane

This is one of the smaller laneways featuring street art in Melbourne, but there are some vibrant, colourful murals to check out, including works by Heesco. This street artist hails from Mongolia and has painted a model of the same background.

There’s a few good pieces of professional-grade graffiti (not bored teenager sprawl) in the lane too, by Bailer.

Grab a drink: at the Whiskey Den.

Street art in Higson Lane, featuring a portrait of Julian Assange on a roller door.
Julian Assange staring out from Higson Lane.

Higson Lane

This laneway runs right alongside popular restaurant Chin Chin and previously featured an impressive mural by Heesco, of some of the world’s top (mostly male) chefs. Ben Shewry, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura, Daniel Humm and Heston Blumenthal had all made an appearance.

However, now you’ll find a mural of notorious Australian journalist Julian Assange, along with other portraits by artist Lushsux, who paints pop-culture figures.

Close up of murals in Higson Lane.

More portraits in Higson Lane.

That’s the thing about Melbourne street art – blink and you’ll miss it. It’s always changing.

Grab a coffee or drink: At Chin Chin, if you can get a table.

A member of AC/DC smashing a guitar against the ground in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne.
Rock on.

AC/DC Lane

Want to see some famous street art in Melbourne? Head right to this little laneway.

Once known by the far more boring title of Corporation Lane, this alleyway was renamed AC/DC Lane by Melbourne’s City Council in 2004. Although the famous Aussie band hail from Perth, they had many strong ties to Melbourne.

So, the entire laneway is a homage to rock band ‘Accadacca’, as we call them in Australia.

Various rock-themed art in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne.
Bright and cheerful.
Close up of some posters and neon stencil art by Straker of a spray can of paint riding on a skateboard.
Love the work by Straker, with his trademark neon glow.
The AC/DC laneway sign, which has a thunderbolt through it.

It features a pretty funky street sign (which was stolen several times before securely fastened in place) and a statue tribute to the late, enigmatic frontman of the band, Bon Scott.

Poster art of Queen Lizzie in Duckboard Place.
Your Majesty.

Close up of a mural of a duck dressed like Elvis because why not.

Duckboard Place

Duckboard is just down from AC/DC Lane and is a bit quieter than many of the other laneways in the area.

It’s got some pretty powerful examples of street art and is home to a towering mural by Fintan Magee, one of the most famous works in the city.

3D art in Duckboard Place of a child drawing on the ground with chalk.
This is one of my favourite pieces of street art ever, by n2o.
Fintan Magee's work of a man carrying a tree.
Fintan Magee’s amazing work.

Look out for works by Melbourne artist Tinky while you’re in the area. They’ll be teeny, tiny dioramas.

Colourful walls of Croft Alley.
Heading on through Croft Alley, to get to the eponymous bar at the end.

Croft Alley

Croft Alley is best known as being the entry point to a themed bar in the area, but there’s a lot of colourful and fun murals lining its walls.

You’ll find it in a laneway off Chinatown.

A tree and stencil in Guildford Lane.

Guildford Lane

Another recipient of the ‘Green Your Laneways’ project, Guildford Lane has been greened up in a very literal sense – filled with plants and lined with cafes.

Mike Makatron has painted a fantastic mural on the door of an old electric substation and there are a few more fascinating works to take in.

Grab a coffee: At Brick Lane or the Cat Cafe!

Art in Caledonian Lane, which reads 'Everyone has beauty but not everyone can see it'.
Got it!
Mishmash of colourful art in Caledonian Lane.
There’s a few cool pieces down this laneway.

Caledonian Lane

Caledonian Lane is a tiny, blink and you miss it kind of place.

You probably won’t find a great amount of tourists here, but you may find a few interesting pieces of street art.

Another work by Straker in Centre Place of a neon frog playing a fiddle.
Another work by Straker.
Lisa King mural of a woman in a wedding dress (presumably) lying on white sheets.
This amazing work by the very talented Lisa King isn’t in Centre Place, but is nearby.

Centre Place

This is an easy place to hunt down Melbourne street art, just up from Flinders Street Station.

There’s some great examples of urban art, along with plenty of bars and cafes to choose from.

Look out for social enterprise ‘The Soup Place’. Patrons can pay for a meal, take a post-it and put it in a giant bowl.

Anyone who is hungry and looking for food is able to grab the post-it and take it to the counter, buying themselves a hot dinner without making a scene out of it.

Grab a drink: at Hells Kitchen and people watch the street below.

Peering into Degraves Street, with some colourful art and another modern Rodin's Thinker.

Degraves Street

Degraves is full of shops and cafes, but does have a few really cool examples of street art, such as this bright mural.

Grab a coffee: Just about anywhere! Degraves is full of yummy eateries and everyone tends to sit on outside tables and pretends they’re in Europe.

A poster in Hosier Lane, which resembles a monopoly board. Hosier Lane is the most famous location for street art in Melbourne.
Truth.

Hosier Lane

If you’re new to street art in Melbourne and the city itself, you may still have heard of Hosier Lane.

It’s one of the main tourist attractions in Melbourne, being a laneway that the council have opened to street artists and its close proximity to Flinders Street Station (about 2 minutes).

It’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” type of laneway, with works getting continually painted over, sometimes mere days after they’ve appeared.

Art work in Hosier Lane of a stoned goat telling us to 'be kind to each other'
This photo is from years ago, so this piece almost certainly no longer exists.
Mural of a young Indigenous buy by Adnate on a nearby wall.
Adnate’s work in Hosier Lane is untouchable, at least.

Unfortunately, in many cases, great works of art are covered with tags, but you will occasionally see stand out pieces there.

At the very least, this has resulted in an ever-changing canvas within the city and is one of the delights of the laneway – you never quite know what you’ll find there.

Plus, don’t forget to look up and take in the powerful mural by Adnate, of an Aboriginal boy.

Grab a coffee: at Good2Go Coffee, one of the smallest coffee shops in Melbourne.

Colourful graffiti in Rutledge Lane.
Rutledge Lane, lined with garbage bins.

Rutledge Lane

If you’re in Hosier, it’s pretty easy to access Rutledge Lane as well. Make sure you hold your nose, as it’s lined with delightful smelling garbage bins.

Street Art Tours

If you want to learn more about the street art in Melbourne, there are plenty of tours running that will take you through many of the laneways mentioned.

I highly recommend jumping on a Hidden Secrets tour if you’re after a mix of history, art, culture and food. I’ve taken one of their tours and they are excellent.

Of course, you can always just self-tour the street art in Melbourne. Take in as much as you fancy seeing and pop into any cafes or bars that take your fancy along the way!

Quick guide to Melbourne street art

If you’re short on time, but want a taste of the urban art scene, I recommend prioritising the following streets and laneways:

  • Hosier Lane
  • AC/DC Lane
  • Duckboard Place
  • Presgrave Place
  • Little Bourke Street

I hope this guide to the street art in Melbourne has proved helpful. It truly is one of the most colourful and interesting cities in Australia and surely, the world.

Staying in the city for a few days?

Art of a dog in a business suit, down a random laneway, behind some bins.

Have you seen Melbourne’s street art? What are your thoughts on it?

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  1. Epic guide!!!! Such awesome pictures. I also have the “jungle in the urban jungle” shot, but I’d stumbled across it then later couldn’t remember exactly where it was. Now I know 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh good, I’m glad you can give a name to the place! So much lovely art and interesting history in the “Paris-end of town”. 🙂

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