Melbourne is famous for its bustling laneways. From the ever-popular, graffiti-covered Hosier Lane to the lush greenery of Guildford Lane, there’s lots to discover around every corner of the city. But, if you’re walking up Lonsdale Street, you could blink and completely miss this teeny-tiny laneway. The gap between buildings, also known as Corrs Lane, is a narrow shortcut from Lonsdale Street to Chinatown. But, according to this report, it’s only 1.2 metres wide, making it a strong contender for the narrowest laneway in Melbourne CBD.
If you start to stroll down Corrs Lane from Little Bourke Street, it will feel like any other laneway in Melbourne. The southern end is roughly 6 metres wide, with enough room for both vehicles and pedestrians. In fact, this area of the laneway was wide enough to have an art installation as part of the Flash Fwd project. However, as you keep going, the space halves to about 3 metres wide, before narrowing dramatically to the tiny 1.2 metre space. It’s enough room for people to walk, but preferably one-way only, unless you don’t mind pressing against the wall and awkwardly shuffling past a stranger.
It’s so small, it barely even registers on Google Maps as a passageway.
But, as small as it is, it’s definitely a great shortcut if you’d like to get to either Lonsdale or Little Bourke Street, without having to detour to Russell or Exhibition Street.
Have you walked down Corrs Lane? Have you found an even narrower laneway in Melbourne? Let us know!