We live in a beautiful city, and with that comes some fantastic views. Here’s our guide to the best views in Melbourne.
Views in the city
Enjoy a cocktail with a view
Curtain House, Swanston St, City Centre
Melbourne was the home of Australia’s first-ever rooftop bar, all the way back in 1970. Now they’re all over the place, and most will give you a fantastic view. The best view comes from Rooftop Bar, on the Curtain House on Swanston St. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink and admire the view. Other notable rooftop bars with views are Naked for Satan & Transit Rooftop Bar.
The bathrooms with the best view in Melbourne
Collins St, City Centre
OK, this one is a little different, but hear us out! On the 35th floor of the Sofitel Hotel on Collins St, you’ll find their Atrium Bar, No35 restaurant and bathrooms. The restaurant comes paired with a fabulous view, but you will need to order a meal. If you want a glimpse for nothing, head into the bathrooms and be rewarded with a great view towards the east. You don’t need to be a guest at the Sofitel, just head up and check it out.
Float over the city in a hot-air balloon
Most mornings, hot air balloons fill the sky of Melbourne. Wake up early and jump into a basket for one of the best views you could find. Flights go for about 1 hour, and fly over the city centre and The Yarra Valley.
Views in the west
Take the trip on this giant ferris wheel
Have you ever seen the London Eye? We have our very own version in Melbourne. The Melbourne Star is like a giant ferris wheel, standing at 120m tall (394 ft) and with seven spokes representing the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag.
Views in the south
Get a panoramic view from 300 metres up
Riverside Quay, Southbank
As one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, Eureka Tower provides a fantastic view of Melbourne. Standing 297 metres tall (975 ft) you can get a near panoramic view, stretching all the way to the Dandenong ranges. Plus there are several binoculars that allow you to get a closer look. If you want to take things to the next level, buy tickets to The Edge, a glass cube with a transparent floor.
Climb The Shrine of Rememberance
King's Domain, Birdword Avenue
Built in 1932, The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial dedicated to Australian soldiers who fought in WWI, WWII and every war after. Its underground display is a fitting tribute to the men who fought for the country. But take the granite stairs up the balcony, and you’ll have a nice view of the city centre.
Walk the pier and see the sunset
Head down to the St Kilda Pier to get a view of the CBD from a distance. Stretching 600 metres (1968 feet) into the bay, the St Kilda Pier was built back in 1855 and has since become a popular tourist attraction. Come at night to also see the fairy penguins come home to roost. These cute critters have their nests in the rocks, and are super adorable!
See the view from Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Just south of the Princess Bridge is Hamer Hall, a massive concert hall that hosts operas, stage shows, and musical acts. Climb the stairs out the back and you’ll find your way to their large balcony. From here you can look over the city and The Yarra River. It’s a little known lookout spot, that you’ll only find if you look for it.
The highest view of them all
The most adventurous view of all, is one you’ll get jumping from a plane. Go skydiving at St Kilda and you’ll experience 1 minute of freefalling, followed by a gentle 8-minute glide down to the ground.