With daylight saving ending on 7 April, celebrate the sunshine while you can at the city’s sunset hot spots. Head to these parks, bars and lookouts and see the sun linger after 7pm for the last time in a long time. Have your camera ready and hope Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show!
Take a stroll with a colleague or friend after work, and make the most of the late afternoon light. Catch the sunset from Princes Bridge, or ramble around Queen Victoria Gardens and check the time on the floral clock. Enjoy a good view to the west on the Flagstaff Gardens hill, or from Docklands’ bridges, park and waterfront promenades. Get more ideas on top after-work walks in Melbourne.
A Mediterranean-inspired alfresco haven of beachy stripes and potted orange trees, Arbory Afloat is perfect for sunny afternoons deep into autumn. This buoyant bar’s food has Med class: think lobster spaghetti and caprese salad. Drinks chase the sun, from Prosecco to watermelon sangria. Order like you’re on holiday while watching the sun go down.
More waterside sunset wining and dining
There are lots more restaurants and bars along the Yarra River with epic sunset vistas. Enjoy pizza and vino on Fatto Bar & Cantina’s riverside terrace, or toast Daylight Savings right by the water at Ponyfish Island. The Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf has expansive views to the west, making it a top spot for sunset dinners.
Vue de Monde and Lui Bar
Where better to raise a glass to the setting sun than Shannon Bennett’s luxe restaurant and bar in Melbourne’s second-tallest building. The 55th floor Vue De Monde and The Lui Bar have walls of windows offering uninterrupted views, and similarly breathtaking menus. Take your time over oysters and French Champagne, or a glorious multi-course meal as the sky puts on a colourful show.
Eureka Skydeck 88 and Eureka 89
The observation deck of Melbourne’s tallest building is a no-brainer for sunset watching. There are no other structures blocking the 360-degree views at Eureka Skydeck 88, 300 metres above sea level. As the name suggests, it’s on the 88th floor, but you can go one better upstairs at Eureka 89. Here the sunset comes with a cocktail or whisky flight, or degustation dinner.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Soar above the city and watch the sun sink in the west on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As you slowly spin through 360 degrees, the view evolves, from ground level to 120 metres up. If you want to make the experience really memorable, book a private cabin or Sparkling Flight, which includes beer, wine or cider.
Heading west on the Yarra River into the sunset is a beautiful thing. Get onboard one of the regular cruises, charter a boat or even pilot your own (no experience or license required). Check out the options and gather your mates for a special Melbourne experience.
Dance yourself clean at a rooftop hotel
Take in a Sunday afternoon sunset atop Notel, the uber Melbourne rooftop hotel that ditches four walled suites for vintage air streamers. Their Dancing Clean dance party is on 31 March and offers prime viewing position as the sun starts to make its way down the horizon. Bust a move, snap a sunlit selfie and indulge in guilt free treats and a refreshing Kombucha or two.