Melbourne is a vibrant city full of life, coffee, music and street art. Regularly listed as one of the world’s greatest cities to live in, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s yearly reports, you’ll soon understand why. However, while absorbing all that’s happening around you, don’t miss out on taking a tour of one of the things that Melbourne is most famous for – it’s graffiti.
Pick up your hire car from Melbourne airport, head into the city, and keep your eyes peeled for the artwork peering back at you from street corners.
The street art treasure hunt
With Melbourne recognising how the street art that’s taken over the city adds to its vibrant urban culture, colours and creativity have literally run wild through the laneways, buildings, and roads. Fluorescent images brighten up dark streets and powerful portraits gaze out over the city. Spray-painted murals change and adapt with the city and there’s always something new to discover.
Take the opportunity to stop and explore the splashes of colour. Who knows what you might find just around the corner, or hidden down that laneway.
The must-see street art staples
Stumbling across street art is almost a given when wandering through Melbourne. Though it can spring up in the most unexpected of places, if you truly want to explore the spray-painted creativity of the city there are a few spots where you might just still find the paint drying. In these locations, the overwhelming riot of colour and expression will leave you in awe.
Don’t miss checking out these areas:
- Hozier Lane, where every surface is layered with paint, everchanging and evolving.
- AC/DC Lane, for all the musical recognition you could want.
- Croft Alley. The bonus is one of Melbourne’s favourite laneway bars, hidden at the end.
- Caledonian Lane, a lesser known laneway in Melbourne’s city centre that gives you a chance to relax while admiring the street art.
Take a Melbourne street art tour
If you want to get the most out of your Melbourne street art experience, consider taking a guided tour. Run by people who are street artists themselves, you’ll see a side to Melbourne’s outdoor galleries that you won’t get otherwise.
From the technical aspects of creating the street art, to what drives the images, whether political or social, you’ll find out that the background is just as vibrant as the graffiti itself.
Letting this city’s dynamic and creative culture sweep you off your feet is easy. Book your Melbourne hire car today, and make sure you don’t miss a thing!