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Melbourne: Art District Walk

There is always something interesting, eclectic, or awe-inspiring to see in this art lovers metropolis
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  It's actually a bit of a misnomer to call this area the art district. Officially the area is Melbourne's Central Business District,... more »

Tips:  Though most walking takes place within a condensed area, be sure to bring comfy shoes and, even more essential, a camera.

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Points of Interest

"The Public Purse" can be found in the Bourke Street Mall in front of Melbourne's General Post Office at the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets. It is less than a 10-minute walk north directly up Elizabeth Street from Flinders Station, Melbourne's major transportation hub. To plot your route to Flinders, use the handy Melbourne... More

Walk east along Bourke Street for just a few minutes and the arcade will be on your right.

While you are walking by at least take a peak at this masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Designed by Charles Webb in 1869, this elegant, sumptuously designed heritage building is the oldest surviving arcade in Australia. The most famous design flourish... More

Continue east along Bourke Street for just a few minutes until you get to Swanston. The sculpture is located at the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets.

"Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle" is likely the city's best known art installation and no tourist seems able to resist taking a photo of... More

Go south on Swanston for about five minutes until you get to Collins. "Larry" is located at the corner of Collins and Swanston Street near the Burke and Wills monument

Despite its stature, this diminutive dog, designed in 1992, is another of the city's most popular pieces (so much so that it was stolen).

This beguiling canine with its ... More

Go east on Collins for about 180 meters then turn right on Hosier.

The art you'll find here is a little less conventional, but equally engaging. Melbourne is renowned for its graffiti, which is a popular art form here and Hosier Lane is the best place to see this controversial urban artscape. Regardless of how you feel about graffiti, it is... More

From Fed Square, which is just across the street from Hosier, ACCA is about a 15-minute walk south over Princes Bridge, up St. Kilda Road.

ACCA is as well known for its cutting-edge art exhibitions as it is for its imposing, rust-colored steel building, which is just as impressive inside.

Before you go in to explore the art, be sure to take a... More