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?