The Larwill Studio Melbourne - Art Series

- Parkville, Melbourne

48 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC
The Larwill Studio Melbourne - Art Series
48 Flemington Road
Parkville, VIC  3052

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2:00 PM
Check-out Time
11:00 AM
Reception Hours
24 hours
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Undercover secure parking is available at the hotel for $28 per night however it is advised to call the hotel in advance to book a spot as this rate is subject to availability. Further car parking is available underneath the hotel and is charged at a per hour rate with a daily maximum of $34 based on a single exit. When arriving to the hotel please park on the driveway and check in with reception prior to parking your car in the car park.
This hotel does not accept cash as a payment method. Credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted to buy goods and services.
Bond Policy
Please note The Larwill requires a AUD$200 cash bond or credit card pre-authorisation on check in for all room types.
Early Arrivals & Late Departures
Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 11am. Please call the hotel for any early arrival or late departure requests.

TripAdvisor Rating

Luxury Melbourne Accommodation

Stay Inspired in North Melbourne at The Larwill Studio, our boutique hotel on Flemington Road in the thriving suburb of Parkville. Just a hop away from the CBD, Melbourne Zoo, Queen Victoria Markets, Flemington Race Track, Melbourne University and a myriad of unique cafes and boutiques, it’s an enviable location.

Dedicated to the very lovable Australian artist David Larwill, the boutique hotel draws inspiration from his Studio. With bright, playful Larwill works complementing the contemporary design and incredible views of green parklands and the city, The Larwill Studio is the perfect place for contemplation, creation and inspired thinking.

Features & Facilities

Each of our 96 Workspaces (rooms) at ur North Melbourne accommodation offer guests free WiFi, Art Series Signature beds, 47-inch TVs with 15 Foxtel channels and 3 movies, microwaves, bathrobes and slippers on request and minibars filled with local produce.


  • Landscaped gardens perfect for picnics and exercise
  • Large communal spaces
  • 24 hour reception
  • Concierge
  • Secure luggage storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
  • 15 Foxtel channels and dedicated art channel
  • Onsite parking
  • Smart Car hire
  • Lekker Bicycle hire
  • Art utensils on supply
  • Complimentary Bugaboo Bee 3 pram hire

Take a trip

Our nifty Larwill-inspired Smart Cars are eco-friendly and easy to use. Hop in to explore further afield.

Zip around town

Explore Melbourne and around with our burnt orange Larwill Studio bicycles from Lekker.

Explore the art

Learn more about David Larwill and his collection of works under our roof with a free tour from our in-house Art Advocate.


David Larwill
David Larwill

David Larwill

David Larwill is a significant figure in the art world. His unique mixture of childlike freshness, simplicity and sophistication has established him as one of the leading figurative expressionists in Australia. Alongside Mark Schaller, he was a founding member of Roar Studios in Melbourne.

David Larwill was a storyteller, a free spirit who had a name for each painting and a nickname for all.

He was born in Ballarat, in 1956. Together with several other young artists, Larwill established Roar Studios in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. This gallery space was run as a cooperative, an egalitarian collective set up by artists who were having trouble finding a studio to work with and who found it difficult to show their work in the established mainstream galleries. Larwill said, "It was a reaction against the art establishment of the time and provoked a major reassessment of the Melbourne art scene". The artists helped each other spiritually and financially, and their work was sold privately and also purchased by the State Galleries and the National Gallery in Canberra. Larwill was a born socialiser, a larrikin who easily brought people together and it wasn't long before he was the ringleader of the group. He was influenced by the CoBrA artists, admirers of the prehistoric and unsophisticated art, Jean Dubuffet and Australia's Angry Penguins, Perceval, Boyd, Tucker and Nolan. He unapologetically rallied against theory-centred styles and conceptual art and pushed his visually exhilarating spontaneous works as far as he could. He said, "I just wanted to paint and I wanted people to smile when they looked at my paintings". Larwill remained faithful to his early icons tribal art and populated his paintings with animated human figures, animals, and the occasional inclusion of graffiti-related slogans, which give his work a naive quality.

The development of Larwill's personal style was a natural process; he felt a need for a sense of order but didn't focus on single objects, preferring to group many figures together to form a geometrically balanced image. He evokes an extraordinary range of feelings, moods and expressions through his paintings; they create an impact on an emotional and sensory level rather than through intellectual or mental constructs. Larwill's artistic experience is direct, it is an autobiographical visual diary of socio-political attitudes and the viewer is obliged to respond spontaneously to the core truth of each work. His stylistic marks prefer to celebrate the joyous side of life and there is a strong narrative throughout his works; they reflect what's happening around him, familiar things like family, friends, street life, the beach, parties and his great love, Indigenous art.

Larwill is an artist who harnessed and refined his emotional desire to put paint on canvas, enabling him to produce sophisticated works motivated by emotion and executed in a mature, considered and polished manner. His unique mixture of childlike freshness, simplicity and the sophistication established him as one of the leading figurative expressionists in Australia. Ever since his first one-man exhibition at Roar Studios, Larwill has remained a significant figure in the art world.

"Larwill exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, and his work has been translated by the internationally renowned Victorian Tapestry Workshop into several giant tapestries, the largest hanging in the Esplanade - Theatres on the bay in Singapore. David Larwill is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most State and Regional Galleries and in the British Museum, London.

- Ken McGregor "

The Farmacy


Always an open invitation (accompanied by an equally inviting menu), The Farmacy welcomes everyone with its honest-to-goodness fare and friendly atmosphere.

Located in The Larwill, The Farmacy is your daily dose of goodness. Breakfast is a delicious affair, serving delightfully inspired fare that includes free-range eggs, Belgian waffles, and the ever-popular smashed avocado on sourdough, to name but a few.

Lunch is an equally irresistible drawcard. Quick bite or lingering get-together, The Farmacy caters to it all. Australian with a contemporary twist, the line-up consists of fresh, wholesome ingredients to nourish heart and soul. Think sirloin, salmon, chicken parmigiana, and fish. Burgers, pizza, and pasta have also made the cut, perfectly prepared and ready to be savoured.

And at the end of the working day, The Farmacy bar is made for unwinding and socialising – the ideal place to catch up and settle in. With good food and good drink, the good times are guaranteed.

Opening Hours
  • Breakfast: Monday to Friday - 7:00am-12:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday - 7:00am-11:00am
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday - 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Day Bar: Monday to Friday - 10:00am-2:00pm


For restaurant bookings, please call (03) 9032 9119.

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The Larwill Studio offers the most unique of North Melbourne function rooms and conference venues, boasting high floor-to-ceiling windows and view towards the Melbourne city skyline and bountiful parklands that surround the hotel. The space can be hired in full or divided into two separate private spaces, offering ultimate flexibility in set-up.

Just a moment’s travel by car or foot from the Melbourne CBD, The Larwill Studio is centrally located in the suburb of Parkville with convenient access by car or tram, and is also just 20-minute drive from Melbourne Airport, making it a convenient choice for interstate delegates.

The kit is fitted out with state-of-the-art technological solutions, flexible room set-ups and a range of catering options all under one roof. And when the day is done, you can sleep inspired and enjoy all the comforts of The Larwill Studio.

Get truly inspired and reserve one of our artistically-inclined Melbourne conference venues for your next special event.

A team of your own - ​​A dedicated team of event coordinators to take your event from an idea to reality.
Stay connected - WiFi, data projectors and screens are available.
Bespoke spaces - With state-of-the-art technologies, drenched in natural light.
Food & drink - In-house catering options to satisfy even the fussiest of hungry delegates. Stay the night - Make a night of it. Book yourself and your guests into The Larwill Studio when hosting a multi-day event.

Flexible set-ups - ​From a small intimate meeting to larger lavish affairs catering for 2 to 120 people.

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Contact Information
48 Flemington Road
Parkville, VIC 3052

Points of Interest

  • Melbourne’s CBD – 1.9 km
  • Melbourne Airport – 17.2 km
  • Avalon Airport – 56.5 km
  • Melbourne Zoo – 2.2 km
  • Etihad Stadium – 2.7 km
  • Flemington Racecourse –2.8 km
  • Melbourne Showgrounds – 3.3 km
  • Melbourne Convention Centre – 3.7 km
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground – 4.8 km


Public Transport
The Larwill Studio is conveniently located within Zone 1 of Melbourne's public transport system. Tickets are available for purchase from the Reception desk at the hotel.

The closest train station to the hotel is Southern Cross Station, located on the city loop circuit. Pick up a cab from the rank directly outside the station or catch a 58 tram directly up Flemington Road from the Bourke and Williams Street intersection, under ten minute's walk from the station.

Both the 58 and 59 trams stop directly outside the hotel on Flemington Road (Tram Stop 19). It takes just 10 minutes via tram to the CBD. To return to the hotel, take the 59 from Elizabeth Street or 58 from William Street.