Want to find the most Instagramable locations in Melbourne? Our city is filled with places (many free) that make for amazing backdrops. So we’ve put together the ultimate list of the most aesthetically pleasing places in Melbourne. Snap away!
photo locations in the city
Pose in this colourful laneway
Street art makes one of the prettiest backdrops for photos, and Hosier Lane is perfect! This street art laneway is the most popular laneways in Melbourne, and has an ever-changing display of art. Technically it’s illegal to graffiti laneways in Melbourne, but the council will overlook it when they’re the add to the city’s aesthetic.
Pose infront of Australia's oldest train station
Flinders St Station
Flinder’s St Station might just be the most iconic landmark in Melbourne. Boasting the title of the oldest train station in Australia, it also makes for a great backdrop. Stand outside St Paul’s Cathedral (on the opposite corner) and snap away!
Visit the oldest public library in Australia
State Library of Victoria, City Centre
The State Library of Victoria is one of the most aesthetically pleasing places in Melbourne. Head up the La Trobe Reading Room to see the beautiful dome and centerpiece of the library. You are able to walk around the floor, or climb your way up the circling balconies – It’s one of the best tourist attractions in Melbourne.
Capture the magic of Chinatown
Chinatown in Melbourne is the longest continuous Chinese settlement outside of China – and it makes for great Instagram photos. Chinatown spans 2 blocks in Melbourne’s CBD and has some beautiful arches.
Get photos in the oldest arcade in Australia
The Royal Arcade, City Centre
photo locations in the north
Step straight into Mexico at this cactus garden
Cactus Country, Strathmerton
This 12-acre garden is choc-full of cactus! At Cactus Country, it feels like you’ve stepped into Mexico, or even the Sahara – and here you’ll be able to grab some amazing snaps. Stay around and enjoy an ice-cold margarita or Mexican beer. It is 250km from Melbourne, but if you’re in the area, but head there if you’re in the area.
photo location in the west
Drive the beautiful road along the coast
Home to the 12 apostles, the Great Ocean Road stretches for 243km and is filled with plenty of opportunities to grab some Instagram snaps. The road travels through rainforests and beaches, including the towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. You can rent a car and drive it yourself, or take an awesome tour that will take care of it all for you.
photo locations in the south
Visit these colourful beach huts
82 colourful huts have been at Brighton Beach since the 1860’s. They were built originally in order for beachgoers to get changed with some decency, now they are privately owned and make for wonderful Instagram snaps! Back in the 1990’s you’d be able to buy one for $12,000, now they sell for around $330,000.
Stand in front of the iconic 'Moon Man'
Luna Park, St Kilda
For decades, locals have been visiting Luna Park for a big dose of fun. This theme park in St Kilda is modeled on a similar attraction on Comey Island in New York. Stand out the front and grab an awesome shot with the ‘Mr Moon.’ Head inside and take a ride on the scenic railway, the world’s second-oldest roller coaster.
Get photos from 300m above the ground
Eureka Skydeck, Southbank
300 metres above the city, is the Eureka Skydeck. From here you have a near panoramic view of Melbourne, and a magnificent Instagram backdrop. For the most epic photo, buy tickets to The Edge which has a complete glass floor.
Roam the most beautiful gardens in Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra
The Royal Botanic Gardens are an oasis in the middle of the city. Spanning 34 hectares (94 acres) there are so many awesome places to take photos. You can even go punting on the lake – it’s on a gondola, just like Venice. The Royal Botanic Gardens are free to visit and you’ll leave with heaps of snaps.
Walk the iconic pier in St Kilda Bay
St Kilda Pier
The St Kilda Pier is 600m long and is a great photo opportunity, regardless of the time. Come here for a fantastic view of the CBD, and in the evening you can even see the fairy penguins come home to roost. No photos with the penguins though, they don’t like the flash!