Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

Melbourne is well-known around the world for its edgy street art. There’s plenty of conversations as to how street art became so popular in Melbourne. In 1984 influential artist Keith Haring visited Melbourne and painted his iconic mural in Collingwood, bringing street art to the attention of Melburnians. Since then it has evolved with designated spots and laneways around Melbourne drawing in talented artists.

Melbourne is a big city, it’s hard to know where to find the best street art. The good news is you don’t have to travel too far to see some great murals with the family. Most of my favourite spots are a short walk from Fed Square.

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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: Hosier Lane, credit Kiddiehood
Image: Rutledge Lane, credit Kiddiehood

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is one of the most popular street art lanes in Melbourne. It’s located opposite Federation Square near the Forum Theatre. The artwork is forever changing. There’s plenty of eye-catching artwork to see but there’s also a lot of graffiti. It’s an easy location to find, so it does get busy with tourists.

Be sure to see Rutledge Lane (just off Hosier Lane), the walls (at the time if writing) are painted in an Alice in Wonderland theme.

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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: Duckboard Place, credit Kiddiehood
Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: Duckboard Place, credit Kiddiehood

Duckboard Place

Duckboard Place is located behind ACDC Lane, this area is a hidden gem and definitely worth a visit. The featured artworks are a beautiful large-scale Melbourne tattoo tribute to and a man holding a tree. Be sure to see the last Banksy work in Melbourne (parachuting rat).

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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: ACDC Lane, credit Kiddiehood
Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: ACDC Lane, credit Kiddiehood

ACDC Lane

ACDC Lane runs off Flinders Lane, between Exhibition and Russell Streets. The lane is named after one of Australia’s most famous rock and roll bands ACDC. Most of the artwork down this lane is music themed or inspired by ACDC.

There is a large artwork of Malcolm Young and a 3D sculpture of Bon Scott that pops out of the wall, which is pretty cool.

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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
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Meyers Place

Meyers Place is located just off Bourke Street. Originally known as Nicholas Lane, Meyers Place was selected as one of the pilot projects for the city’s new ‘Green Your Laneways’ project. As you walk down the lane you are welcomed by a beautiful urban jungle moral by artist Mike Makatron called ‘Jungle Funk’.

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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: Higson Lane
Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Image: Higson Lane

Higson Lane

Higson Lane is located between Russell Street and Exhibition Street. The lane is well-known for its Elton John and cute little Baby Yoda moral that has a speech bubble that says “Chicken nuggets I want mmmmm… yes”. There are also some large scale murals of well-known celebrities.

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Please note: street art is forever changing, the street art in these images may not be present when visiting. For your own safety it’s best to visit during the day.

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