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Public art

Melbourne is well known as a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians. Explore the history and creativity hidden in the laneways and byways on one of the city's arts walks or tours.

City circles

Take the free City Circle Tram or walk through city streets, laneways and along the Yarra River to experience the city's countless public artworks up close. Allow plenty of time to wander among the works dotted through the parks, promenades and architecture of the Docklands.

On the city's freeways, keep an eye out for roadside art, from the Melbourne Gateway 'cheese sticks' marking the city entrance on the Tullamarine Freeway to the fourteen impressive works lining Eastlink between Donvale and Frankston.

Street art

Wander the city's laneways to see an ever-changing outdoor gallery of urban art. Check out the murals, stencils, paste-ups and installations in the laneways off Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Swanston Street; join a tour of Hosier Lane for the inside word.

Union Lane, off the Bourke Street Mall, is usually freshly painted, as is Blender Lane, off Franklin Street.

Beyond the CBD, keep an eye out for eye-catching art on the walls in Fitzroy and Collingwood. The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual highlight.

Trail blazing

Follow one of the sign-posted trails to various locations where artists have worked on well-known paintings. Stand on the site where inspiration struck and read accompanying interpretative signs that explain the artists’ work and resulting individual paintings inspired by those locations.

Behind the curtain

Go behind the scenes and join a guided tour of a local art workshop or city theatre venues.

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Public art

Public art

The Travellers

From historic rail bridge to eyesore to work of art, Sandridge Bridge home to The Travellers, towering steel sculptures depicting the story of the arrival of migrants to Melbourne.

Public art

Architectural Fragment

Discover Petrus Spronk's bluestone sculpture Architectural Fragment, on Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria.

Public art

The Great Petition

The Great Petition spills out across Burston Reserve and marks 100 years of women's right to vote Victoria.

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Queen Bee

On a side of the Eureka Tower, on Melbourne's Southbank, you'll find a colony of giant golden bees.

Public art

Federation Bells

Bells were once a major form of public communication. They announced the passage of time, heralded celebrations and called the faithful to worship.

Public art

Angel

Take a stroll through the Birrarung Marr precinct by the Yarra River and spot the giant Angel sculpture, by Deborah Halpern. Created in 1988.

Art galleries

Platform Artists Group

The pink tiled interior of the Degraves Street Subway and the glass display cases outside the Majorca Building are surprising spots for art, but the...

Public art

Docklands Public Art Walk

See more than 30 public artworks by emerging and established Australian artists, dotted through the Docklands' parks, promenades and architecture.

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Street art

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Streets

Presgrave Place

Check out the framed artworks that line the brick walls, get your hit of killer brew at 30ml Coffee and then step across to Matt Bax’s Bar Americano.

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Hosier Lane

Wander down the bluestone laneway and take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international street artists.

Streets

Blender Lane

Take a wander down to Blender Lane and revel in the spectacle of colour, with stencils, murals, tags and paste-ups filling up every surface.

Streets

ACDC Lane

Named after the Australian musical heroes, ACDC Lane is the physical embodiment of Melbourne's enduring love affair with down and dirty rock 'n' roll.

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Croft Alley

A popular street art destination, Croft Alley is home to one of Melbourne's very first laneway bars – the science lab-inspired Croft Institute.

Streets

Union Lane

Step away from the bustling Bourke Street Mall and into Union Lane, a much-loved street-art 'gallery' that cuts through to Little Collins Street.

Streets

Centre Place

Despite being Melbourne's quintessential laneway, Centre Place still surprises and delights with its wild street art, boutiques and buzzing cafes.

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Tattersalls Lane

Take in the beloved stretch of asphalt that links Chinatown with Lonsdale Street and boasts a mix of old-school eateries, street art and dive bars.

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