Unique Australian city experiences

Walking through Australia’s hidden streets is the best way to discover the character, charm and culture of our capital cities. From colourful graffiti to chic city bars, all of Australia’s cities and towns have their own secret laneways and vibrant artistic spaces that might be hard to find, but are well worth exploring. Unique Australian city experiences
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Unique Australian city experiences

Discover hidden streets and vibrant artistic spaces to explore in Australia.


Walking through Australia’s hidden streets is the best way to discover the character, charm and culture of our capital cities. 

From colourful graffiti to chic city bars, all of Australia’s cities and towns have their own secret laneways and vibrant artistic spaces that might be hard to find, but are well worth exploring.  

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

In Canberra, two dozen areas are designated ‘free spaces’ that invite graffiti writers and street artists to inject some colour and creativity into the political hub of the country. This council-backed program has allowed artists like Geoff Filmer to (legally) upgrade everything from walls to farm sheds to storage containers with bold, colourful images.

Sydney, New South Wales

Head to the unique Crown Street, a short journey from the city centre, in Surry Hills. Start your day with the legendary creamy eggs from celebrity chef Bill Granger at his eponymous restaurant Bills, then pick your way through boutique retail outlets and second-hand thrift stores that populate the street. 

Bills' signature creamy scrambled eggs, Bills, Sydney, NSW

Darwin, Northern Territory

Meanwhile in Darwin, the giant 3m-tall cast bronze jellyfish installed as public art at East Point nature reserve, Fannie Bay, is just one of many projects that local decision-makers are funding, to brighten local community spaces.

Brisbane, Queensland

Sandwiched between the big-brand department stores and designer shops in the iconic Queen Street Mall, Burnett Lane offers an eclectic mix of micro bars. Be sure to try a craft beer at the speakeasy style Super Whatnot, check out the industrial vibe of The Survey Co and slip into Brew after dark. By day it’s a corporate coffee haunt, transforming into a wine and tapas bar after sunset.

Adelaide, South Australia

Whether you want to delve a little deeper into Adelaide's nightlife or get to know the city like a local, exploring Peel Street in Adelaide’s city centre is an ideal place to start. The street has transformed recently into a thriving strip of bars and restaurants. Here, you can find the likes of Maybe Mae, a secret art deco bar that can only be found through the Peel Street/Leigh Street tunnel, and the industrial-outfitted Peel Street restaurant. Anster Street, a tiny alleyway off Waymouth Street around the corner from Peel Street, also offers some captivating wine bars.

Perth, Western Australia

Grand Lane in the city centre is just one of the Perth’s historic laneways to be revitalised under the city’s ‘Forgotten Spaces’ initiative, and it’s been done with serious style. The street is now home to a 99-metre mural and the Light Locker Art Space, which is a public exhibition showcasing 2D and 3D works from local emerging artists.

Peel Street Restaurant, Peel Street, Adelaide, SA

Hobart, Tasmania

In Tasmania, many laneways, walls, buildings and other public spaces such as Harrington Lane have been brightened with the works of local artist Jamin; you can visit his Instagram page for the location of his latest works.

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne’s artsy, creative reputation is world renowned. The city’s residents aren’t just encouraged to enjoy art, they’re actively invited to participate in creative expression, with the city’s official viewpoint proclaiming that “legal street art contributes to a vibrant urban environment”. Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square, and Caledonian Lane, off Little Bourke Street, are two of the most colourful and creative streets to explore, creating some of the city’s best open-air galleries.

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