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Caught in the Art in Melbourne

Melbourne is widely known for its vibrant art scene. Sure, there are lovely museums, but the real action is found on the streets, sometimes hidden in small lanes and backstreets with glued on paper prints or full on graffiti painted walls of brick houses. A lot can be already spied in the city centre, but venturing forth into hip districts like Fitzroy and Richmond or even up to the district of Northcote, graffiti can be discovered everywhere by the keen eye.

Central City District

The best known spot to dive into the vibrant urban art scene is Hosier Lane – a street seemingly made for graffiti. A similar view can be had close by on Centre Place. I also discovered live spraying in Union Lane near the tourist information booth on Bourke Street.


Just straying from Brunswick or Johnston street into side and backstreets makes it easy enough to find art. You can see a psychedelic transcendental mural on Rochester Street or a flying elephant on George Street, but the most impressive place must be Chapel Street with an artistic array of graffiti, paper stickers and dangling shoes.


Follow the walls of the railways on either side and graffiti will present themselves to you next to shop fronts, but the ultimate graffiti walk would be along Stephenson Street. Gaze at a large Australian mural or see the typical graffiti script take over whole building fronts.

Have you discovered other major and majorly cool places of urban art in Melbourne?


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I think I was always made for foreign countries. At the age of 8 I started learning English and a lifelong language romance began. Seeing the country of Shakespeare for the first time 6 years later only set free what has always been lurking: the travel bug. I went off to live in England and Sweden for a little over half a year, travelling whenever I could while studying and working, all the while blogging about my experiences and interrogating my new international friends about their own cultures, daydreaming of finally visiting their foreign lands. This year I made the decision to stop dreaming and start living the dream. I made the bold plan to travel through Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Japan within 11 months, discovering as much as I could and keeping my budget stable through jobs on working holiday visas. Here I am now and already in the midst of blogging about my adventures and travel stories. There is always something happening and I'd love to share it with you. I hope you join me on my crazy ride. See ya!

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