A Stroll Through Melbourne's CBD

deTour curated by: Unimelb 2016, Semester One

This walking tour seeks to call attention to the most vibrant laneways located throughout the CBD. Many people who walk through CBD on a daily basis are fast-paced pedestrians on a mission to get to their destination. More often than not, they neglect to pause for a minute to absorb their surroundings, in particular, the street art and graffiti that contribute to the energy and vibrancy of this city.

Street art is a powerful platform for artists that have diverse motivations, from communicating ideas and expressing emotion, highlighting social hubs around the city, to raising awareness of social and political matters. Street art utilizes public space in different ways. On this tour, you will make five stops and at each location, captivate the alluring culture that is street art, create your own perspective, and embrace Melbourne’s most exciting alleyways.

Locations for deTour

In the heart of the city, Union Lane stretches between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street, surrounding the main shopping hub. It is a very long laneway filled with vibrant colors and can be quite overwhelming. One might not know where to start, but…

In the heart of Chinatown, Tattersalls Lane encompasses a thriving bar scene and social atmosphere. Murals, tags, and stencils surround the few bars in this laneway. This is certainly one of Melbourne’s hidden laneway gems. In particular, the bar…

Right near the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale, you’ll find a tiny alleyway off of Drewery Lane called Sniders Lane. Located right near Melbourne Central and the Emporium, hundreds of people walk by each day, but few actually stop to turn into this…

Right off of Flinders Lane, you’ll come upon a narrow laneway filled with picnic tables and cafes. Centre Place attracts many locals and tourists for its distinctive atmosphere; its truly one of Melbourne’s more populous locations. Make a right…

Perhaps the most well-known tourist attraction in Melbourne, your final stop is Hosier Lane. Right around the corner from Federation Square, you’ll enter a bustling laneway filled with graffiti and every color imaginable. It’s interesting to…
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