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Last updated at 25/07/2024, 10:30

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Grafitti in Melbourne is one of the characteristics of the city. It’s almost in every alleyway and the art changes daily. Some of the pieces get bigger and more rich. Some get erased and then new ones pop up. Stencils, paste-ups and murals are legal here and the street artists use this opportunity to show their skills. Take a walk through Melbourne’s street and admire this modern form of art for free!

I really like street art. I think it makes our cities look so much nicer. Admiring it gives me a chance to walk, move around, get to know the place and spend some quality time outside. I loved my time in Australia and street art in Melbourne really blew me away.

If you’re going to the Land Down Under and would really like to experience the local lifestyle, head to the centre of Melbourne and walk around its alleyways.

Street art in Melbourne – Alleyways to find it

Discover these little streets and enjoy the best street art Australia has to offer.

Brunswick Street

Brunswick Street is a long and a colourful street with a bohemian edge. There are lots of cool cafés here and some nice looking boutiques. If you come here, don’t stick only to the main street, explore the little alleyways, too!

a black and white mural on an orange wall of a building in Brunswick Street.

Caledonian Lane

This is a tiny alleyway filled with grafitti. You can often see some of the artists at work here.

a grafitti artist at work at caledonian lane, melbourne.
This lane looks really cool and you can admire the artists at work as well.
Two artists painting a wall in Caledonian Lane, Melbourne.
Working on the next masterpiece.

Union Lane

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of the city. This little lane is great for admiring street art. There is more than 500 square feet of walls covered in grafitti!

a grafitti of a smoking snoopy on a black door of a building in melbourne
Is this a smoking Snoopy?

Centre Place

This is a really cool place. It is considered as one of the most touristy places in the city, but I would advise you to see it if you like street art and laid back bars and restaurants.

Flinders Lane

This is apparently one of the best streets to eat and drink in Melbourne, but to me it’s a top spot for street art.

ganesh grafitti in a lane in Melbourne.
This is so pretty!

These are only a couple of alleyways where you can see the best grafitti in Melbourne. Don’t forget that the city is filled with it! Keep your eyes opened because you might miss some really interesting pieces.

a pole on a street in Melbourne covered in grafitti.

Grafitti in Melbourne: Useful Information

Here is some information you might need if you’re on a lookout for grafitti in Melbourne.

How to move around the city?

If you have time and you are quite fit, walk. There’s nothing better than sightseeing by yourself and getting lost in the streets of a new city.
Walking is great if you would like to see the best grafitti in Melbourne.

Is Melbourne safe?

Despite the fact that the streets look quite rough, Melbourne is a very safe city. The best time to walk around the small alleyways is during the day. I would recommend to stick to your common sense and don’t visit these places at night.

How to see the best grafitti in Melbourne?

The best thing would be to see these streets I’ve mentioned before. But if you really want to see the best of the street art, hire a guide.

I recommend With Locals, which is a company I use frequently. They connect local guides and tourists and their main goal is to show you the less touristy and known places in each location.

Check out the tours around Melbourne.

Check out the street art tour in Melbourne.

What else is there to do in Melbourne?

There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne and around the city. My personal favourite was the trip to the Great Ocean Road and looking for koalas and kangaroos in Melbourne.

Where to stay in Melbourne?

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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