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.
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.
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.