Melbourne’s charismatic city centre is impossible to resist. Bordered by the Yarra River, our eclectic city skyline features a mismatch of modern and aged architecture that is perfect for photography. When you’re searching for the best places to enjoy the view, head to our top spots below.
An iconic structure in the city centre, Princes Bridge is one of the busiest footpaths in Melbourne. Stop to soak up summer while you enjoy uninterrupted views of the Yarra River. From the Princes Bridge you’ll be able to spot historic Southgate buildings on one side, and the epochal MCG on the other. The famous Arts Centre spiral tower, the Eureka Tower and Flinders Street station even look close enough to touch.
Through frosty winter winds and roasting summer heat, Loop Roof is always buzzing with infectious energy. It’s no wonder – the panoramic scenery here is hard to beat. Lap up the sights of Melbourne with a cocktail in one hand and nibbles (like bacon and blue cheese croquettes) in the other.
From Tuesday to Sunday, Eureka 89 offers an impeccably sophisticated degustation menu of five or seven courses with beautifully matched wines – and a view of the city that you just can’t beat. As we head into the silly season, you can book team lunches every Thursday in December, Christmas Day lunch, and attend their epic NYE party for the perfect view of the fireworks.
Luxury Spanish tapas comes with complimentary views of the shifting city at Bomba‘s rooftop. People watching is a must here, with a range of cocktails, wines and beers at this open-air rooftop. Perch yourself on a bar stool and line the bench with tapas including char-grilled eggplant toast, natural oysters and charcoal grilled corn with dried maize.
MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, an award-winning architect based in India, and built on site in the Queen Victoria Gardens using hand rope techniques. With a coffee shop on site, it’s the perfect place to grab some caffeine (or a glass of wine), and soak up the garden’s surrounds with the cityscape in the distance. There may even be a surprise performance on!
The highest vantage point in Melbourne (and the entire Southern Hemisphere), the Eureka Skydeck is easily the best place to watch the sun set in Melbourne. Spot your favourite iconic Melbourne location with floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views, almost 300 metres in the air. For lovers of heights and spectacular architecture, The Edge is an entirely glass cube that protrudes from the 88th floor. Sightseeing has never been more entertaining.
The new QT Melbourne now has a rooftop bar on the eleventh floor offering inspiring cityscape views from the outdoor terrace, and an industrial chic interior. Sip on cocktails and look out over the city as you soak in the sun this summer.
Southgate pedestrian bridge to Flinders Street
Connecting Southgate to Flinders Street station, this iconic pedestrian bridge is secretly one of the best places to snap a picture or enjoy the view in Melbourne. Marvel at the height of the Eureka Tower, wave to passing boats on the Yarra River, and watch trains hustle in and out of Flinders Street station.
Shrine of Remembrance
One of the most serene escapes from the hum of the CBD, the Shrine of Remembrance is a place of tranquility – and gorgeous green views back across Melbourne. Climb to the top of the steps for a panorama of the city skyline and endless blue skies.