Melbourne's 86 tram route as a giant open air gallery of street art


Melbourne, Australia is internationally known for its street art and its trams. Melbourne Street Art 86 imagines Melbourne's 86 tram route as though it were a giant open air gallery of street art with its own regular tram service. The pages in the dark blue side bar below have photos of street art by the suburbs the tram passes through. Locations are noted by tram stop, street location and also on maps of the area that can be downloaded or printed. Other Melbourne suburbs rich in street art are also featured.

Take me to the site guide and quick gallery of street art CLICK HERE.
Tell me more about the 86 tram & sights along the way CLICK HERE.


Melbourne Street Art on the 86 Tram Route: 
Preston & Bundoora

Note: Click on any image to see an enlarged version


By the time the 86 tram heads into Preston, Street Art becomes uncommon. but there is a bit of graffiti - mostly tagging. At the top of Thornbury, the 86 turns into Plenty Road instead of following High Street into central Preston, where the main shops, market and other community services are. The part of Preston along Plenty Road does not have the urban buzz, shops and hang outs of previous suburbs and even has quite a few abandoned shops along the route.

The images shown here are all from the section of Plenty Road between Dundas Street, where the tram turns from High Street, to Bell Street. There are only a few, but given they aren't much further down the 86 route than the Thornbury examples, it seemed worth including them on a Preston page.

As you progress down the page, the photographs commence at 86 tram stop 42 (Dundas Street | Miller St/South Preston Shopping Centre) and finish just after stop 44 (Osbourne Grove | Seymour Street).

Fenced off area just opposite Safeway supermarket (about 50m short of Milton Crescent)
86 Tram Stop 42 (Dundas Street | Miller St/South Preston Shopping Centre)

There is actually more to this, but it is obscured by vegetation, so I could not usefully photograph it. 

North Side of Buddha Thai restaurant
86 Tram Stop 43 (Raglan Street)

Lane parallel with Plenty Road, off Vann Street
86 Tram Stop 44 (Osbourne Grove | Seymour Street)

Side of CJ Cafe, Seymour Street
86 Tram Stop 44 (Osbourne Grove | Seymour Street)


Central Bundoora is much further out from the City of Melbourne than the location of the previous page of street art, in Preston. It is 20-25 minutes further on the tram and five or six kilometers further out, in a very different landscape from any of the suburbs featured previously.

When I was well under way into building this site, I didn't expect to find much or any street art in the suburb - it seemed too remote from the sort of urban landscapes I was used to seeing the art set in. Yet I discovered late in the project that there is an area around the Plenty Hill Shopping Centre and Grimshaw Street that has two substantial walls of street art and also a smaller piece a few hundred metres down a lane nearby. There may be more.

Bundoora is a massive area and it may be some time before I get a chance to see if there is more street art in other parts of the suburb, but for now here are the Grimshaw Street area works.

All of these photographs were taken close to 86 tram stop 65 (Grimshaw Street).

1.  Alley just north of Grimshaw Street, next to Aldi supermarket
86 Tram Stop 65 (Grimshaw Street)

This looks like it is still in progress.

2.  South side of shops fronting Plenty Road, on the south side of Grimshaw Street
86 Tram Stop 65 (Grimshaw Street)

3.  Lane opposite the previous location at back of parking lot (also off Morwell Avenue)
86 Tram Stop 65 (Grimshaw Street)

This is the entrance to the lane.

The work is almost at the end of the lane near the exit into Morwell Avenue.

The same piece seen from Plenty Road

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