How to Find the Best Street Art in Melbourne

Melbourne is prolific when it comes to art, and sometimes the best pieces can be found on the street. We’ve done the hunting and put together a list of the best places to find street art in Melbourne – including where to find the city’s only Banksy. Enjoy!

Updated: September 2, 2023

I lived in Melbourne for 10 years and loved wandering around the laneways and discovering the street art.

The view of Adnate's portrait of a young Aboriginal boy, seen from Hosier Lane.

Hosier Lane

Flinders St, Melbourne

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Hosier Lane is the darling of the Melbourne graffiti scene, almost entirely covered in street art. Regularly featured in tourism campaigns, it’s come to symbolise Melbourne’s entire laneway scene.

You’ll regularly see artists working on new pieces; you could return a week later and see new art pieces.

The most impressive artwork is 50 meters (164 ft) high on the back of an office building. This untouchable portrait of an indigenous boy is by local artist, Adnate.

Down Hosier Lane you’ll also Movida and Bar Tini – both Spanish tapas bars from the same operator.

Yes, Hosier Lane is the most ‘commercial’ laneway in Melbourne. But due to its central location just across from Federation Square, – it’s super easy to check off your bucket list.

Sniders Lane

Lonsdale St, Melbourne


Drewery Lane is a small lane, but filled with a few secrets. The biggest piece of art you’ll see is from Lushux, and it’s a giant mural of Kim Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski – painted by infamous artist Lushux.

AC/DC Lane

Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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AC/DC – arguably one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands – spent their early days in a share house in St Kilda.

In 1976 they drove down Swanston St and shot a film clip for It’s a long way to the top on the back of a ute. Needless to say, they are Melbourne icons.

Previously ‘Corporation Lane,’ this laneway was renamed ACDC Lane in the early 2000s. It is now a hub for street art and fine dining.

Among the graffiti, there is a 3D installation of Bon Scott ‘bursting’ through bricks. As well as a 30-metre painting of a young man carrying a tree.

Come back at night to experience some laneway restaurants and bars.


Croft Alley

Little Bourke St, Melbourne


Graffiti lines the walls of Croft Alley.

Chinatown is no stranger to laneways, but this one is slightly different. Croft Alley winds off Little Bourke St and is covered in street art. There isn’t anything down there; it used to be home to Melbourne’s first laneway bar, The Croft Institute.


Duckboard Place

Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Connected to AC/DC Lane is Duckboard Place, another great laneway to view some street art. There are some giant wall pieces, but the most notable is much smaller.

This is the only place to view Melbourne’s only remaining piece by infamous street artist Banksy. You can find them in the far South Eastern corner – look for two parachuting rats in the door frame.

Banksy Facts:

Throughout the early 2000s Banksy left several art pieces through out Melbourne, unfortunately almost all of them have been destroyed. One was demolished during construction, while another was intentionally painted over.

Presgrave Place

Little Collins St, Melbourne


Presgrave Place is covered in unique street art. This laneway (off another laneway) is covered in frames and other installation art.

Get in close, and you’ll be surprised by the detail, from tiny people, small messages and tongue-in-cheek references to Banksy.

Taylor was born and raised in Tasmania. He moved to Melbourne to study Film & television, and went on to start a marketing agency for hospitality.

He has a love for rock ‘n’ roll bars & New York-style pizza. In 2020 he was amongst the top 1% of Frank Sinatra listeners on Spotify.


Where can I find Banksys in Melbourne?

You can find a Banksy piece at the end of Duckboard Place. Head down to the end from Flinders Lane, and look at the door frame in the corner. On either side, you will see a purple stencilled parachuting rats.

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