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Melbourne is an iconic city for so many reasons. Its street art, its coffee culture, its liberalness just to name a few. I adore the buzz Melbourne has around it and I know I’m not alone. I mean, c’mon, it hasn’t been voted the world most liveable city 7 years on the trot for nothing!
But whilst being among all the bright lights and street musicians are amazing, another great way to experience Melbourne is from a distance or a completely different angle. It’s stunning skyline day or night is something you must experience during your visit to this city. So here are 8 easy-to-reach spots to visit for the best views of Melbourne.
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8 awesome places to get the best views of Melbourne
1. St. Kilda
This pretty seaside suburb is a great place to visit in itself but a walk along the pier will show off the skyline beautifully. It feels a world away from the busy city but the fact that you get a view of Melbourne makes you realise how close it is to the sea.
St Kilda is definitely one of the best sunset spots in Melbourne and is you’re there at this time of day don’t pass up on the chance to watch St Kilda’s resident colony of Little Penguins come onto shore at dusk. All year round these little fellas come on to the rocks at the end of the pier to rest for the night. It’s fantastic to see and this way, you’ll also get to see the Melbourne skyline at night.
How to get to St Kilda
Trams run regularly from the city straight out to St Kilda taking around 30 minutes. If you have a car then try and find a spot of free parking on the high street which should give you an hour or two to explore.
2. Arts Centre Melbourne
This spot was shown to me on a free walking tour and described as a ‘secret viewpoint’. It may not be so secret now but it’s certainly a less obvious and overlooked place to get a view of the skyline over the Yarra River. The Arts Centre is Australia’s largest performing arts venue and it hosts a huge variety of shows, performances and exhibitions all year round. Wondering what the cool shape of the building is all about? It represents the shape of ballet dancer’s tutu! Check out their website here to find what’s on.
How to get to Arts Centre Melbourne
Head over to the Arts Centre and walk up the steps at the side. Walk around the building and there you have it!
3. Brighton Beach
Just a little further down the coast is Brighton Beach, famous for its colourful bathing boxes. This beach is really popular but I always find the far end the beach to be a lot quieter. This is also where you’ll get a great view of Melbourne city. If you want to escape the crowds more, carry on walking to the next beach and go up the hill to the park to get an even better view.
How to get to the Brighton bathing boxes
As Brighton beach is a little out of the city, I recommend taking an Uber for ease. If you do want to get there by public transport, however, from Federation Square you can catch the number 67 tram to Brighton Road/Glenhuntley Road and then the 603 bus to Chavasse Street.
4. Rucker’s Hill
Located in the suburb of Northcote, this viewpoint is literally just on the side of the road on Rucker’s Hill. From here you will get a great view over the rooftops of the local houses straight to the city. It may feel a little strange standing on the side of the road but it’s worth it, especially at night time. It’s definitely one of the lesser-known, but best lookouts in Melbourne.
Northcote is one of Melbourne’s vibrant inner suburbs and well worth a visit for some delicious food. You’ll find plenty of live music, street art and a great mix of cultures.
How to get to Rucker’s Hill
Jump on a train towards South Morang from Southern Cross Station or drive and find some free street parking and walk to the bridge.
5. The Shrine of Remembrance
Not only is the Shrine of Remembrance a stunning building but it also offers a unique view of the city. Turn around as you walk towards the shrine and you will be able to see right down the whole of Park Street, and then head up to the balcony area for an even longer view as well as views over the gardens. Don’t forget to go inside the shrine while you’re there too.
How to get to the Shrine of Remembrance
Get a Southbound tram from Federation Square or take a walk through the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens to it.
6. Albert Park
This beautiful park is only one I found out about after visiting Melbourne a few times. It’s one of those proper green spaces in a city and has a massive lake and 5km of walking paths to enjoy as well. This park is a hot spot in the summer with plenty of water sports on the lake and BBQs to use.
For a great view of the Melbourne skyline, follow the path to the narrowest part of the lake behind the golf course, where the curve allows you to see the city clearly. The combination of the water, open green space and palm trees makes is one of the best views in Melbourne.
How to get to Albert Park
Catch tram number 6, 16 or 67 from Federation square and jump off at Moubray Street/St Kilda Road.
7. The Yarra River
This view isn’t a sweeping skyline but there’s something beautiful about seeing the shining buildings of Melbourne close up. As you walk along the river from Flinders Street Station, you’ll see some of Melbourne’s most iconic structures such as the Eureka Tower, Evan Walker bridge and Sandridge Bridges. The spot where I got this photo is just under the overpass.
The riverfront in Melbourne is one of my favourite places in the city and a great spot for photos any time of the day.. In winter there are plenty of places to cosy up in for food and drinks, but in the summer they throw their doors open and make the most of the sunny outside. Nothing beats a cold beer along the Yarra River!
How to get the best viewpoints on the Yarra River
Walk down to the river edge from behind Flinders Street Station. You won’t be able to miss the Eureka tower and the bridges crossing the river.
8. The Eureka Tower
If you want the best view of Melbourne city from right above, there’s no better place than the Eureka Tower. The tower symbolises the Eureka Stockade rebellion, an uprising during the gold rush era through its red and gold design on the top. At 297m high, It’s the tallest building in Melbourne so unless you’re in a hot air balloon, you’re not going to get any higher!
At the top of the tower is the Eureka Skydeck with a viewing area and a feature called ‘The Edge’ which is a glass box that overhangs the tower. Scary but epic! You can get your tickets for the Skydeck in advance here.
How to get to the Eureka Tower
Head over to South Bank either by tram or over one of the bridges over the Yarra.