What to do in Melbourne?
For something completely different this trip, I decided to explore the laneways of Melbourne. They have become tourist attractions in their own right as a result of the street art they encourage. Some of the artists have become famous and held their own exhibitions whilst for others, the laneways are their galleries.
Hosier Lane is one of the best shows in town. Running between Little Flinders Street and Flinders Street, it was once the centre of the garment making district but today, all that remains is its’ name.
On these everchanging walls of colour, some of the art works can last years, others months or some, just weeks.
I must remember to pop back in a few weeks and see if there have been any changes.
About half way down the lane is the corner of Rutledge Lane where the Youth Projects ‘Living Room’ can be found.
The centre offers support to those in need. It may be a coffee and a chat, a place to have a shower, somewhere to wash their clothes, use the computer or have a meal.
The barbecue smells from lunch were certainly inviting!
You can follow Rutledge Lane around the corner or enter it from further down the lane.
Hidden amongst the wall of blue, is the doorway to Movida, a fun Spanish tapas and vino bar. Great for a quick paella, glass of sangria or a churro and hot chocolate.
From here it’s off to Union Lane which runs between Bourke Street Mall (opposite David Jones and Myer) and Little Collins Street for more art.
At the entrance to the laneways, look out for the Pacman poster. This is your guide to the back streets of Melbourne. It is very easy to explore on your own but tours are available if you would prefer.
Don’t forget to have a look at Cocker Alley, which was once home to work by the internationally acclaimed street artist, Banksy. Centre Place or Degraves Street are also fun lanes filled with cafes, bars, shops and more street art.
Tel: 03 93285556
Melbourne Street Art Tours