Melbourne really is a city that has it all. As Australia’s "cultural capital," Melbourne is swimming with life—from the stylish to the artsy and everything in between. The same goes for Melbourne’s landscape with mountainous and urban, bustling city skylines and long sandy beaches. You’ll see a little bit of everything.
Here are six of the best viewpoints that will stay with you long after your journey is over.
#1. SkyHigh, Mount Dandenong
If you’re looking to escape the immediate city, take a trip to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Situated less than an hour outside of Melbourne’s Central Business District, or CBD for short, the restaurant is sure to add something extra to your meal with spanning views from out of the floor to ceiling glass.
It doesn’t stop there. Let the kids loose in the hedge maze, go for a stroll through the English garden or strap on your sneakers to hike the marked trails.
#2. St Kilda Pier
This Melbourne landmark provides visitors with unparalleled views of not only the Melbourne skyline, but also Port Phillip Bay. The cosmopolitan area of St Kilda is perfect for roller blading or fishing. You can even try your luck at spotting the colony of fairy penguins who have made their home at the breakwater, right in the heart of the city!
#3. Eureka Skydeck 88
Standing at an astounding 285 meters above the streets of Southbank, Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public observation deck in the southern hemisphere. Offering panoramic views extending far over Melbourne, it is a definite must-see and cannot be beaten.
#4. Melbourne Star
This giant observation wheel located in the Docklands precinct provides a unique bird’s-eye perspective of the vibrant cityscape below. Not your average viewpoint experience, Melbourne Star gives visitors a 30-minute ride in a glass cabin 120 metres off the ground. It’s a sensational experience for all!
Jump on a ferry and head southwest and lose yourself in the nautical seaside suburb of Williamstown. While only minutes from Melbourne's CBD, Williamstown offers stunning city views from across the water, not to mention the seaport itself.
Wander the beautiful parks with ice cream or stop for fish and ships before catching a ferry home.
#6. The Lui Bar
As the sun begins to sink and the city lights up, it may be time to enjoy a cocktail with a sparkling view that will enchant you.
One of Melbourne’s most sophisticated cocktail bars, The Lui, sits on the 55th floor of the Rialto and provides exactly that. Complement your drink choice with a fancy snack from the menu or, on Sunday, enjoy the jazz performance with a beautiful backdrop.