City Sightseeing – ACMI – Street Art – Melbourne

ACMI-Australian Centre for Moving Image Melbourne

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Almost the end of October still cold,cloudy,rainy weather in Melbourne.  One fine day at the weekend, took a train into Flinders Street Station for some more sightseeing in Melbourne city starting at Federation Square (opposite Flinders Street Station). If you’re a visitor don’t forget to stop off at the Tourist Information Centre at Federation Square for a route map of city sightseeing on the Tourist Shuttle Bus or City Circle Tram. Both are free services for tourists and visitors and will take you within easy walking distance of your destination.

The Atrium entrance Australian Centre for Moving Image Melbourne

The Atrium entrance Australian Centre for Moving Image Melbourne

Today I started my city sightseeing at the ACMI Centre or Australian Centre for the Moving Image. If photography and films interest you, you can easily enjoy spending a couple of hours here seeing all the great exhibits on the history of the moving image, going forward to the latest screen based art. 

ACME-detail of sandstone design

ACME-detail of sandstone design

Mad Max Movie

One display of note is the limited edition 1973 black Ford XB Falcon Hardtop, driven by Mad Max (Mel Gibson) in the exhilarating car chase of that movie. The history of Australian films and the epic rise to international recognition is something Aussies can be proud of.

Interactive Displays and activities

Many interactive displays and activities are available for children and teenagers to enjoy at the ACMI centre, as well as interesting and educational exhibitions. Entry is free for adults and children which I find pretty amazing for the size and quality of the exhibition.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image incorporates three other special exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased for these on-line. 

Brunch at the ACMI Lounge

The ACMI Lounge is great for a late breakfast or a tasty lunch, good coffee and all is reasonably priced. The Lounge open daily and closes late,very handy after you have enjoyed a few hours browsing the exhibits.

Urban Art Hosiery Lane Melbourne

Urban Art Hosier Lane Melbourne

 Hosier Lane Street Art

My next stop for city sightseeing a visit to Hosier Lane along with its ‘anabranch’ Rutledge Lane. It lies opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square between Flinders Lane and Flinders Street, running parallel with Russel Street. Hosier Lane is a blue-stone cobbled vehicular and pedestrian lane-way and has become a popular landmark in Melbourne for a display of street art.  Hosier Lane featured in some state-sponsored tourism advertising campaigns.  It has even been used as a photography background  for fashion and wedding  shoots.

City sightseeing-Hosier-Lane-Urban-Art-MoVida

City sightseeing – Hosier-Lane-Urban-Art- MoVida

Apart from the urban art display Hosier Lane  is also known for its upmarket cocktail lounges including Misty and MoVida. An open air cooking session with MoVida’s chef Frank Camorra on Masterchef Australia – Season 2, showcased the lane as a major Melbourne attraction.

City sightseeing-Hosier Lane Urban Art-Eye of  the Pheonix

City sightseeing- Hosier Lane Urban Art-Eye of the Phoenix

Street Art Revamp

Announced on 8th November 2013, this iconic lane-way area  is in for a revamp from the community’s finest street artists. Over fifty artists are blacking out the walls and re-spraying with their own street art. The plan is to complete the project  in two stages over a three-week period.

Street Art in Rutledge Lane – Melbourne City Centre.

Rutledge lane adjoins Hosiery Lane and  also features street art.  Rutledge lane  is included in the revamp of Hosier Lane. Couldn’t help notice the sinister piece of art work below, behind the bars.

City sightseeing Rutledge Lane off Hosier Lane Street Art - Melbourne

City sightseeing Rutledge Lane off Hosier Lane Street Art – Melbourne

City Sightseeing - Street Art in Rutledge Lane - Melbourne City Centre.

City Sightseeing – Street Art in Rutledge Lane – Melbourne City Centre.

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