Hidden Melbourne

Explore a different side to the city with our guide to hidden Melbourne – featuring secret art spaces, mysterious regional destinations and other secret shenanigans

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Photograph: Mark Lobo

In a city so overrun by laneways, Melbourne certainly has a few hidden secrets. Whether it's hidden laneway bars, subterranean art spaces or places to go for a little quiet contemplation without crowds of people, you'll find these and more around Melbourne. With that in mind, we've put together a guide to the best of hidden Melbourne – a bucket list of all the unusual and clandestine things to do in and around Melbourne. Just don't tell anyone, OK? 

Tick off our Melbourne bucket list while you're at it, or grab your phone and snap away at the city's most Instagrammable sights

Secret places in Melbourne to explore

Secret arts spaces in Melbourne
Art

Secret arts spaces in Melbourne

Poke around at these underground hideaways

The best secret gardens in Melbourne
Things to do

The best secret gardens in Melbourne

Take a break from the city

Mysterious destinations in Victoria worth travelling to
Things to do

Mysterious destinations in Victoria worth travelling to

Make a beeline for some of these regional secrets

10 other-worldly Melbourne locations
Things to do

10 other-worldly Melbourne locations

It's good to be surprised by our city every now and then

Secret places to eat and drink

Melbourne’s best off-menu items
Restaurants

Melbourne’s best off-menu items

Not all menus are the be-all and end-all of a service

The best hidden bars in Melbourne
Bars

The best hidden bars in Melbourne

Melbourne does hidden bars like no other city

Melbourne's secrets revealed

10 mysterious Melbourne urban legends
Things to do

10 mysterious Melbourne urban legends

Believe it or not, many of these are true

The ultimate Melbourne scavenger hunt
Things to do

The ultimate Melbourne scavenger hunt

Head out on this city-wide search for new sides of your city