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

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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.

NORTHCOTE - High St

Melbourne Street Art on the 86 Tram Route: Northcote

Note: Click on any image to see an enlarged version


There are several street art pieces along High Street in Northcote with the majority being in Eastment Street, which runs parallel with High Street between 86 tram stop 31 and 32, and Little Eastment St between 86 tram stop 32 and 33 (a large open area with parking and garages behind the shops on the west side of High Street. What follows is by no means all there is to see; I have selected works that appeal to me. Also bear in mind that some works are replaced with others at times or may have been removed, so what you see here as of January 2013 may not all be there at a later time.

Northcote has a lot of street art in a small area. It was not possible to fit all the locations on one map. The map below is the first of a series of 4 maps of the area, with the orange shaded zones being the locations that will be covered in more detail by maps 2, 3 and 4 [these are still being created].




A pdf version is available here: Melbourne Street Art 86 - Northcote street art locations map 1 - main locations


As you progress down the page, the photographs commence at 86 tram stop 30 (Clarke Street) and finish just after stop 33 (Separation Street). Because there are many locations in two streets that are parallel to High Street (Little Eastment Street and Eastment Street) the location numbers assume moving in a circle as follows:

  1. All the way up High Street from 86 tram stop 30 (Clarke Street) to stop 33 (Separation St)
  2. Left into Arthurton Rd 
  3. Left again into Little Eastment St and continuing down past the back of the High Street shops until Hawthorn Road
  4. Over Hawthorn Road and Continuing down Eastment Street (down meaning south, the street is actually a hill and if you follow this direction you will be going uphill) until Westbourne Grove
  5. Left again into Westbourne Grove, bringing you back to High Street and emerging next to the Town Hall 86 tram stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall)

If this seems confusing, eventually I will add a diagram to make it clearer.



1.  Corner High Street and Bayview Street
86 Tram Stop 30 (Clarke Street)

Alice Mural: Artists from Phantast Association and local artists. 

Article on background and creation of the works below
Photos of the work in progress















2.  To the left of Northcote Town Hall, behind tram stop
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall)

Artist: Ray Thomas

Link to article on these aboriginal themed murals








3.  Steps of the Town Hall
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall)







4.  Corner of High Street and Westbourne Grove (private parking) 
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall)







5.  High Street (approx. half way between Westbourne Grove and Hawthorn Road, on the left looking north)
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall) or Stop 32 (Mitchell Street)

Artists: (probably) Simz and Mishap





6.  Alley 0n the right hand looking north (other side of the road from location above to right Of Wesley Anne)















End of the alley next to Wesley Anne, to the right

























End of the alley next to Wesley Anne

Looking back towards the alley



To the left








7.  Corner of High Street and Mitchell Street
86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street)

Artist: Nessflett








8.  High Street (about 75m north of the 32 tram stop on the right)
86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street)

Artist: Be Free






9.  Balconie Place (Lane parallel with High Street near south east corner of  High Street and Separation Street)
86 Tram Stop 33 (Separation Street)















At the end of Balconie Place on right (back of garage)





10.  Arthurton Road (north side) 
86 Tram Stop 33 (Separation Street)

Artists: Simz & Mishap






11.  Little Eastment Street (behind High Street, west side)  [Part 1]
On the back of Shops that front onto High Street
86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street) - 86 Tram Stop 33 (Separation Street)






Artists: Mishap & Simz

Artists: Mishap & Simz

Artists: Mishap & Simz



Artist: Mishap






Artists: Dabs, Myla











(The photos below are from the back of the Northcote Social Club)

Artists: Yowsa, Nock and Mupz









12.  Little Eastment Street (behind High Street, west side)  [Part 2]
On the front of garages and properties and in lanes opposite the back of the Shops that front onto High Street
86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street) - 86 Tram Stop 33 (Separation Street)




Artist: Cam Scale





Artists: Dabs & Myla



Artist: Dvate




















13.  Hawthorn Road (between Little Eastment Street and Eastment Street)
86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street)







The stencil above is also on a fence nearby. Below - the inner workings of the device. 





On the other side of small recreational area opposite the  above







14.  Eastment Street
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall) - 86 Tram Stop 32 (Mitchell Street)

Eastment Street runs parallel and west of High Street between Westbourne Grove and Hawthorn Road. The photos follow the street from the bottom of the hill at Hawthorn Grove to Westbourne Grove.






Alley on the left

Artists: SDM crew









Just past alley on left






About two thirds of the way up on the right










Alley near top of the hill on the left







Back in the street on the left













On the right






Alley on right just before top of the street











Garage door at south end  of Eastment Street
86 Tram Stop 31 (Northcote Town Hall)



The act of creation.




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