Melbourne Laneways

Victoria's tourism slogan aims to make Melbourne the destination of choice for Australia's elite by urging visitors to Lose Yourself in Melbourne.

OFTEN MISSED BY TOURISTS, MELBOURNE’S LANEWAYS ARE A VERITABLE TREASURE TROVE OF BARS, RESTAURANTS, GALLERIES AND BOUTIQUES.

Melbourne’s laneways are narrow enclaves where mainstream culture takes a back seat to allow for one-off boutiques, unique galleries, tiny cafés and hidden bars.

Melbourne Lanes


ACDC Lane (AC/DC Lane) (formerly Corporation Lane)
Beaney Lane
Bennetts Lane
Bligh Place
Celestial Lane
Club Lane
Cohen Place
Commerce Way
Crombie Lane
Dame Edna Place, formerly Browns Alley
Davisons Place
Duckboard Place
Evans Lane
Exploration Lane
Flinders Court
Gun Alley
Hayward Lane
Heffernan Lane
Highlander Lane
Hosier Lane
Juliet Alley
Jones Lane

Literature Lane - Melbourne’s newest lane (launched 21 May 2012) will be a lasting legacy of the National Year of Reading as well as a celebration of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status.

Manton Lane
McKillop Street
Meyers Place
Niagara Lane
Rankins Lane
Racing Club Lane
Romeo Alley
Temperance Hall Lane
Waratah Place
Warburton Alley
Windsor Place

Melbourne Laneways


ACDC Lane (AC/DC Lane)

ACDC Lane - was renamed in memory of one of Australia's most successful musical exports and where AC/DC started their career, Melbourne.

It connects with Duckboard Place and is between Flinders Lane, Flinders St, Russell St and Exhibition St.

View AC/DC Lane Picture Gallery

Dame Edna Place

Dame Edna Place located off Little Collins St, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, was crowded with interested lunchtime "possums" for the launch on the 8th March 2007. It can truly be said this is a star studded laneway well worth a visit... but look down!

DeGraves Street

Breakfast is best served in the heart of the Flinders Quarter, in and around the lanes and alleys branching off Flinders Lane between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. The atmosphere of this precinct is modern, with its high fashion and crowded cafés, while at the same time charming and old-fashioned.

DeGraves Street is filled with coffee shops and cafes with indoor and outdoor seating.

Degraves Street and Centre Place are two of the best, where Melbourne’s love affair with coffee explores its roots in the many European-inspired cafes crammed almost comfortably into the narrow streets.

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Centre Place

Degraves Street and Centre Place are two of the best, where Melbourne’s love affair with coffee explores its roots in the many European-inspired cafes crammed almost comfortably into the narrow streets.

Block Arcade

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade experience in the centre of Melbourne full of shops, cafe's and the "place to be seen".

Block Place

For a memorable Melbourne experience visit George Parade off the Paris (top) end of Collins Street, where several basement restaurants thrive. Also featuring below-ground eateries is Bar within the city’s legal precinct, where pub grub sits comfortable award-winning cuisine. Block Place is another alternative, jazz can be heard over the din of patrons crowded into tiny wood paneled cafés.

Not be confused with Block Arcade

McKillop Street

McKillop Street is a laneway running between Bourke and Little Collins Street with small boutique shops and outdoor dining cafes.

Hardware Lane

The heart of Melbourne’s laneway renaissance. Hardware Lane, epitomises the enchanting atmosphere of such environments. The architecture of Hardware Lane and nearby Goldie Place is also something of a quaint historical portrait, with early 1900s warehouses originally home to blacksmiths, horses and the like, still intact. Today, however, they operate as restaurants. The original façades remain, enhancing the authentic nature of this precinct while complementing its modern regeneration as an area of leisure.

Niagara Lane

Niagara Lane is between Little Bourke St and Lonsdale St.

GPO Lane


The Causeway


Howey Place


Manchester Lane


Scott Alley

Seek out side streets Scott Alley for original pieces, and savour them, as their designers may soon be household names and their early work priceless.

Hosier Lane

For a true understanding of laneway art, a journey of exploration into side lanes must be taken, as it is here that street art and an authentic urban voice can be found.

Graffiti though it may be. these colourful references to popular culture and youth subcultures dominate the concrete walls of tiny Hosier Lane, Rutledge Lane, Caledonian Croft Alley, Duckboard Place and the aptly named ACDC Lane others, and offer an insight into life behind the city’s skyscrapers.

Free City Maps and Walks


This handy app offers city maps and self-guided walking tours for over 470 cities worldwide. Detailed walking route maps and turn-by-turn walking directions are available to guide you to all major city attractions.

You can also read an excellent walk through guide to Melbourne Laneways at www.gpsmycity.com

Lanes of Melbourne
by Aaron Hewett

Melbourne lanes are some of Melbourne's most interesting places. They make exploring the city on a Saturday afternoon fun - for even the most seasoned Melbourne explorer.

This is my photo essay on the interesting (and not so interesting) laneways in Melbourne's CBD. Since there are over 180 of these small, tiny and miniscule streets - this project might take me a while. I hope to do at least one laneway a week - that way it will take me only three and a half years.

I'm doing this out of fun, doing this to know my adopted city better and to give you out there inspiration to go exploring yourselves.

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What's in a street name?
The Age By Andrew Webster February 19, 2004

... But Melbourne's lanes and alleys offer a more down-to-earth record of the city's evolution. "The lanes really grew their own names," Professor Bate, president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, said.

With some 115 entries, the society yesterday launched its first handy reference guide to the names of Melbourne's streets and lanes. Aimed at visitors and Melburnians, the pocket brochure explains the origin of most of the city's streets, lanes and alleys.

Aimed at visitors and Melburnians, the pocket brochure explains the origin of most of the city's streets, lanes and alleys. According to Professor Bate, the early lanes sprang up as Melbourne's settlers subdivided the big blocks between Sir Richard's grand streets into more manageable units.

Many lanes were filled with workers' cottages. "People often named them after pubs and hotels on corners," Professor Bate said. No fewer than 21 entries can be traced back to gold-rush Melbourne's affection for alcohol.

Professor Bate's favourite, the cobbled Niagara Lane, lies nestled between well-preserved, red-brick warehouses off Lonsdale Street where the Niagara Hotel plied its trade.

Later, as Marvellous Melbourne boomed, lane names recorded the city's burgeoning specialist trade areas and long-vanished businesses - Hosier Lane off Flinders; Kirks Lane, once home to Kirk's Horse Bazaar between Swanston and Queen Street; biscuit baker TB Guest and Co in William Street is remembered by the eponymous lane between Lonsdale and Little Bourke.

However, some memories have all but been erased. Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace near the Princess Theatre were once infamous dens of love of a commercial, rather than star-crossed nature. According to Professor Bate, Melbourne councillors reacted by attempting a futile rebranding exercise.

"The good city council decided they would have to change the names and so they became Liverpool and Crossley Streets," he said. "But of course the brothels remained."

Melbourne's Streets and Lanes is available free from the society's offices in A'Beckett Street (named after Victoria's first chief justice Sir William A'Beckett) and at the visitor centre at Federation Square.

Also see Melbourne Street Name Origins




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