There is a tangible energy in Melbourne’s central business district, where historic pubs and modern skyscrapers coexist and a steady stream of trams transport people down the main thoroughfares. We learned early on to explore beyond the major streets in order to get a good look at the culture that lies in the laneways in Melbourne. The alleys, arcades and street art we found were fascinating.

Laneways in Melbourne: alleys, arcades and street art

Seventh city of the Empire - Melbourne, Victoria [picture] / Percy Trompf., State Library of Victoria

Melbourne, Victoria ~ Seventh City of the Empire. It's not clear what Melbourne is ranked seventh in, but whatever.

Mark Strizic. 'On Princes Bridge' 1959

On Princes Bridge . Checked out the girlie magazines late - Now they have the interweb.

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