This self guided walking tour is designed to give you a taste of what Melbourne Streetart and public art has to offer. It's a starting point from which I hope you'll be inspired to explore much further. The map can be downloaded and printed, handy if your kids love treasure maps as much as mine do. Note, all maps are treasure maps apparently. There is also a writen guide which is, of course, optional but gives you a little more detail about what you're seeing.
Begin at Flinders Street Station at the entrance closest to the river on St Kilda Road where you'll find a beautiful full wall mosaic by Melbourne treasure Mirka Mora. Cross over to Federation Square and then cross over Flinders Street towards St Patrick's Cathedral. Turn right and follow Flinders Street along until you reach Hosier Lane.
Hosier Lane is probably the most famous place to find Melbourne Street art and is prolifically photographed. It's difficult to write about what pieces you'll actually see there as it changes so frequently but you are sure to see some great stuff. As you walk up Hosier you'll find Rutledge Ln is off to the left, this is definitely worth a look. The walls, ground, bins, everything in sight is completely covered in paint. Everything. Remember to look up, some of them brought ladders.
Getting back on Hosier there are (hopefully still) two Monsters Inc characters on your left, these are popular with the kids and make great photo ops. At the top of Hosier turn right onto Flinders Lane and head down to ACDC Lane which will be off to your left. Amongst other things you'll find a gorilla with piano key teeth and a big portrait of ACDC lead guitarist Angus Young. ACDC Lane loops into Duckboard Place, another great laneway for art spotting.
At the top of Duckboard turn left back down Flinders Lane and continue on until you reach Swanston Street (the trams). Turn right, you'll be walking past City Square where there is a giant wooden wombat, brass dog, waterwall and Brunetti. Brunetti isn't art, but it tastes like it. Keep walking up Swanston, past the town hall, until you get to Burke St. Turn left, past the beloved 'Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch' sculpture and keep your eye out for Union Lane which will be on your left.
Union lane will be covered in paint, maybe you'll even catch some artists adding to the walls. Walk down to Little Collins Street and turn right. You'll walk past Dame Edna Place which I wish I could say was as fabulous as it sounds but apart from a great street sign it is nothing special possums. Keep going until you you get to Block Arcade, it will be on the left.
Block Arcade is an artwork itself, take your time walking around the mosaic floors, grab a chocolate at Haigh's Chocolates or take a look at the free Artwork of Dr Seuss exhibition that's on now. Drool over the cakes at Hopetoun Tearooms on the way out and either turn left to go to Centre Place, or right, for an accessible alternative then left onto Elizabeth and left again onto Flinders Lane. Centre Place has a cool mix of shops, art and cafes and a pedestrian crossing joins it with Degraves Street that shares a similar vibe.
Turn left at the top of Degraves and takes you back to the Flinders Station/ Fed Square Intersection.
Hope you've had a fun walk!