Melbourne Laneways
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JohnSB3
Wellington, New Zealand747 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
People rave about these. Frankly I was disappointed. We did the tour by ourselves. There's certainly no need to pay a guide because its easy to find your way around. In Hosier Street, it is graffiti not street art, but it is colourful. There is plenty of it and tourists like it. In AC/DC street (yes it is called that) the artwork is better but there is a lot less of it. There’s a rather ordinary Hendrix, Pete Townsend smashing his guitar on stage against a Led Zep background and a couple of other bits of rock symbolism. The best depiction is that of Bon Scott the first front man of AC/DC and the Jimmy Young picture is good too. That’s about it. Other lanes like Degraves are all about the food and the coffee, which is interesting enough, but frankly I expected more art. No way does this compete with or even come close to the range and quality of that seen in Santa Monica and settlements south of there, but no Aussie will ever tell you that.
Written January 1, 2020
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SolihullTraveller
Solihull, UK773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
One of the jewels of Melbourne. We stayed on Flinders Street in the Double Tree Hilton and a few steps to the side you're on Degraves Street which is quite pretty lit up at night, but from here the Laneways radiate out in different directions around the city centre.

We didn't fully realise that while you're wandering in a variety of directions along graffitied brick and concrete alleyways (sometimes connected through a modern shopping mall), you'll suddenly walk into an old Victorian Arcade. It's like suddenly being transport to Leeds, London or York. These are all part of the Laneways and create a real juxtaposition of old and new. It's brilliant.

We spent six days in Melbourne and walked miles in the Laneways, stopping for food or to reach a restaurant. Streets like Hosier Lane (brilliant Tapas restaurant here) , Flinders Lane, Higson Lane (at night with its light show) and Guildford Lane which is quite beautifully graffiti, brick and green! But there are plenty of others to explore.
Written February 22, 2023
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AndyJohn74
Sydney, Australia4,837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
There are a number of well known laneways in the Melbourne CBD. Some are better than others. The better ones are those that have a number of positive reviews. These would be AC/DC Lane, Hosier Lane, Union Lane. There are some, though, that are not with the visit. Amphlett Lane is named after a famous Australian musician, however, the lane has only been named after her. There is nothing more to it.
Written May 17, 2021
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Rosemary
Melbourne, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
There are tours you can do, which I've heard are excellent but if you just want to wander and browse, Melbourne has fascinating laneways and arcades to visit. You can obtain a FREE Laneways brochure form the Visitor Information Centre in Federation Square which gives you a map. The laneways are interesting but so are the many arcades which link the streets in Melbourne CBD.

You can then choose whether you would like to shop in quirky boutiques, buy, interesting gifts, shop for fashion items, sit and have a coffee or meal and watch the world go buy or view some of the amazing street art.
Degraves street is great for cafes and Royal Arcade and Block arcade are worth a visit. There are many others you can discover.
Written January 17, 2017
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Any visit to the wonderful city, is not complete without exploring the laneways, we cheated as we had a map of all the best ones to see, however, with time on your side you could just wing it, seeing these quirky passages.
Written July 15, 2023
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ElisabethGlen
Perth, Australia1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
When in Melbourne, spare time to enjoy these Laneways. It will keep you fit while on holiday and best thing of all, it’s FREE.

To whoever uploaded this Laneway trail online, hats off to you,mate. Thank you! We had the best time ever. Sore feet? Yes, but loved every minutes. Amazing street art!! This by far the best way to enjoy Melbourne.

On the snapping note, glad it’s 2019 where you can snap 1,000 pictures in one day. Can you imagine back in the olden days of 35mm film rolls? Millennials will never understand. LoL.

- Highly recommended.
- Highly Instagramable.
- Best to wear comfy shoes, but really, wear whatever for insta-envy snapshots.
- Do help others when taking photos if possible. Selfie stick doesn’t do justice in these amazing laneways.
- Family or couple photos with laneways backdrop make stunning wall art for your home, next year calendar or Christmas cards.

I miss Melbourne already. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Written March 7, 2019
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GerardPound
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
The laneways of the City of Melbourne are unique as they are full of shops and restaurants on both sides. Also you can walk the laneways right across the city. Many visitors to Melbourne mention how exciting and interesting was their laneway experience. Terry Waite was in captivity by terrorists in the Middle East. He mentioned that he walked the laneways of Melbourne in his mind many times and it saved his sanity and his life. Now let’s start at Flinders Street. Midway is Degraves Street, walk along and you come to multitude of restaurants and with tables and chairs in the middle. This is always busy so get their early. The atmosphere is something to experience. Or you can proceed across Flinders Lane and the laneway narrows in Centre Place with more restaurants on either side with seating just outside. All the eateries are excellent and it is all close and nice and cosy. Keep going along up the stairs into Centre Way Arcade with some lovely shops and some more cafes. There is more to see further along but wait for Part 2, coming soon. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Laneways of Melbourne whilst you are here.
Written December 10, 2016
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Laneways of Melbourne are an enlightening experience. You see life as it was meant to be! From graffiti to similar "but different" street art, to cafes and restaurants to fashion outlets and much more. They are not really that hard to find as long as you keep walking. That's what we did!
Written November 6, 2019
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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Melbourne Laneways are busy, creative & lively. Nestled or tucked away in side streets in the CBD they are truly unique with their restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and trendy bars. .

If strolling through the city try & find Degraves Lane, Central Laneway, Hosier Lane, AC/DC , Tattersalls Lane & Hardware Lane which all hide little treasures of artwork on their brick walls. Head to the tourist information centre to grab a map which will make it easier to find them.
Written November 2, 2018
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LRTT_A
Calgary, Canada95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Enjoyed walking through the city and stopping in the various cafes will looking for street art. We didn't find all off the laneways listed because of construction, etc.,. However, Hosier Lane and AC/DC did not disappoint. We used the tourist information map from concierge but would recommend double checking on google maps before heading out to avoid getting turned around (for the directionally challenged). Highly instagram worthy.
Written March 22, 2019
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