The Best Views in Melbourne
Get the best vantage point in the city.
We live in a beautiful city, and with that comes some fantastic views. Here’s our guide to the best views in Melbourne.
Melbourne was the home of Australia’s first-ever rooftop bar, all the way back in 1970. Now you can find rooftop bars all over Melbourne, 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.
OK, this one is a little different, but hear us out!
Head to the Sofitel Hotel on Collins St and take the elevator to the 35th floor. Here you’ll find their Atrium Bar and No35 restaurant, but that's not what we're looking for. Instead, head for the bathrooms.
The exterior wall in both the men's and women's bathrooms is a giant window, and it has an incredible towards the east. You don’t need to be a guest at the Sofitel, just head up and check it out.
There's nothing like a hot air balloon to get a view of the city.
Every morning, these hot air balloons fire up in a Melbourne suburb and then float for an hour above the CBD; Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world where that's possible.
Pickup is from the city, and after the flight, you'll float down into one of Melbourne's many parks.
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.
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.
We highly encourage making a small donation while there. All proceeds go towards maintaining this important structure.
Head down to the St Kilda Pier to get a view of the city 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 see the fairy penguins come home to roost. These cute critters have their nests in the rocks, and are super adorable.
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 lookout not known to many.
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.