The laneways and arcades that snake through Melbourne’s CBD’s conceal a hidden city, one that is home to one of the world’s most renowned underground art and culture scenes. You might see glimpses of it walking around, but an organized tour will lead you directly to the most striking art and locations, and reveal the fascinating stories behind them. Once you learn about paste-ups, graffiti, yarn-bombing and blanking out, you’ll never look at any city the same way again.
Length of Trip : Touris typically run 90 min to 2 hrs, depending on your tour choice, and can also be customized for your interest.
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Best time to go : Tours operate year-round
Wheelchair friendly : Contact the operator to make arrangements.
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
In Melbourne, we personally recommend the following excellent restaurants:
Mouthwatering Mexican-inspired dishes at Mamasitas
Cocktails, delicious dishes and a big local buzz at Cookie
Asian fusion and funky dining at Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar
Outstanding breakfasts at Top Paddock, the Grain, and the Kettle Black
Burgers on the rooftop at Easeys
Amazing smoothies Krimper Cafe
Unique cocktails Pole Pole and Glamp
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Where to Stay :
In Melbourne, we recommend staying with our our partner, the Oaks Hotel in Southbank. Located close to the restaurants and bars of South Bank as well as Flinders Street Station, it's a hop skip and jump away from many of the city's finest attractions. - https://www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-southbank
Getting There :
Your meeting point is usually Federation Square, not far from the most popular street art destination, Hosier Lane.
Note from Robin :
You can discover the laneways yourself, but it's far more enriching and fascinating with a passionate guide. Street art is characterized by paste-ups (stickers); mural and paintings; sculptures and installations; writing and graffiti; and something called yarn bombing. It is legally permitted in just twenty of the Melbourne CBD’s two hundred laneways. If they still exist, ask Meyer to point out the Banksy pieces.
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