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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 Art from the City Circle tram ride or walk through city streets, laneways and along the Yarra River to experience the city's countless public artworks up close.

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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Proximities is a sound installation of voice recordings of people from the 53 Commonwealth nations represented in Australia and the voices of the area's original custodians, the Wurundjeri people.

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.

Architecture & design

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.

Public art

Queen Bee

It’s like a sci-fi movie come to life – a colony of giant bees occupying one side of the Eureka Tower.

Art galleries

Union Lane

Union Lane is something of an anomaly. There aren’t any of the usual bars, boutiques or cafes to entice visitors but they come nonetheless.

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

Yarra River Gallery

Take a stroll through the Birrarung Marr precinct along the Yarra River. Some of the features include the Federation Bells and Speaker's Corner.

Public art

Melbourne Docklands Art Journey

Public art is more than just an aesthetic afterthought but an integral part of all new commercial and residential Docklands developments.

Public art

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

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.


Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Stroll down Gertrude Street as it transforms into an outdoor gallery with the buildings, roads and landmarks coming alive with colour and movement.

21 - 30 Jul 2017

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Art & culture

Art galleries

Make your way around Melbourne's 100-plus galleries, ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial spaces and artist cooperatives.

Art & culture

Architecture and design

Keep your eyes peeled for Melbourne's striking modern and historic architecture, and see why the city has become a centre for contemporary design.

Things to do


Explore Melbourne on foot with an expert walking guide, join a bus tour or follow the historic City Circle Tram route on a tour of the city's cafes.


48 hours: Art and design

Find inspiring art and design in likely and unlikely spaces, in galleries, laneways, shops and markets, upstairs, downstairs, and all across the city.