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SouthbankMelbourne

The Yarra River’s waterfront offers a diverse range of hotels, galleries, bars and a casino complex.

Southbank is a lively neighborhood in the center of Melbourne. Packed with cafes, restaurants and outdoor performers, the area is the ideal spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon. It is also a hub for shopping, culture and the arts and attracts an eclectic assortment of tourists and locals.

Stroll down the Southbank Promenade to take in the sights and sounds of central Melbourne. Capture photos of the skyline along the Yarra River and gaze at the city lights after sunset. Watch theater, dance and opera at Australia’s busiest performing arts facility, the Melbourne Arts Centre. Browse the art on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest public art gallery in the country. Take in a slice of history at the Victoria Barracks, a 19th-century government building.

The western region of Southbank has been named South Wharf. Here you will find the Melbourne Maritime Museum Polly Woodside with historic buildings and ships. Admire the award-winning modern structure of the Convention and Exhibition Centre nearby and enjoy the art gallery inside. At night, have a glass of wine at one of the many bars. Try your luck at the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex. Children under 18 are allowed in the shopping and amusement sections, but the gaming part is for adults only.

As the community's population increased in Melbourne, the need for high-rise residential buildings arose. One of the tallest of its kind in the world, the Eureka Tower stands at almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) and has 92 floors. Enjoy stunning views of the city from Skydeck 88.

Southbank sits a half-mile (one kilometer) south of Melbourne’s central business district. The neighborhood is fairly central and borders the south side of the Yarra River. Traffic is congested with limited parking. Many tramlines run through the area or you can reach it by crossing the river from Flinders Street Station, which is on all major metro lines.


Popular places to visit in Southbank

Melbourne Arts Centre
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Melbourne Arts Centre

4.5/5(81 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Melbourne Arts Centre, a favorite museum in Melbourne. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Eureka Tower
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Eureka Tower

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Go to the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere at this soaring residential tower, which also offers fine dining with breathtaking views.

National Gallery of Victoria
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National Gallery of Victoria

4.5/5(61 reviews)

See blockbuster international touring exhibitions and the world’s largest collection of Australian art at this revered cultural institution.

Eureka Skydeck 88
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Eureka Skydeck 88

5/5(1 review)

Rise above the city when you visit the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and look out across the sprawling Melbourne skyline.

Hamer Hall
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Hamer Hall

Catch an event at Hamer Hall during your trip to Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Southbank Promenade
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Southbank Promenade

4.5/5(20 reviews)

During your trip to Melbourne, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Southbank Promenade. Attend a sporting event or visit the casinos in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Southbank

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,865
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

¥10,804
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Yarra River Gardens Cruise
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Yarra River Gardens Cruise

¥1,397
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
City & Williamstown Return Ferry Cruise
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City & Williamstown Return Ferry Cruise

¥1,591
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
2-Day Melbourne to Adelaide Overland Touring in Small Groups
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2-Day Melbourne to Adelaide Overland Touring in Small Groups

¥21,980
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Phillip Island Penguin Parade and George Bass Coastal Walk
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade and George Bass Coastal Walk

¥10,105
Per adult

Top Hotels in Southbank

WRAP on Southbank
WRAP on Southbank
4.5 out of 5
133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥10,123 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Crown Casino and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,298 reviews)

"Good location and good overall but a bit more attention to detail with room cleaning wouldn't go astray, particularly the hands prints and marks all over the bedroom window. Which i thought would of been a surface that would of been cleaned and sanitized in the current covid situation."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

WRAP on Southbank
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
4 out of 5
57-61 City Road, Southbank, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,389 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is steps from Eureka Skydeck 88, Yarra Riverfront, and Eureka Tower. Melbourne Arts Centre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,342 reviews)

"Very helpful staff and Apartment neat and clean. Close to CDB"…"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Imagine Marco
Imagine Marco
4 out of 5
42-48 Balston Street, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥9,641 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, SEA LIFE Melbourne, ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,225 reviews)
Good but could be better

"Overall the room was perfect only reason why I’m knocking a couple stars off is due to the fact it looked like it hadn’t been properly cleaned.. the amount of dust around the room as well as the grime on the shower walls you can see. The room is perfect for a short stay just needs to be cleaned better ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Imagine Marco
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥19,025 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,662 reviews)

"we liked everything, our room was beautiful. located in the best place"…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
Quay West Suites Melbourne
Quay West Suites Melbourne
5 out of 5
26 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥14,268 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria. SEA ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,607 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. Close to so many places to eat and drink then an easy walk back to relax."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Quay West Suites Melbourne
Aria Hotel Apartments
Aria Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
285 City Road, Southbank, VIC

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Melbourne Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (1,929 reviews)

"Stayed 1 night. Ideal location from the tram stop as we returned from the cruise terminal. Lovely room. Close to the waterfront. Plenty of things to do. Lots of choice of eateries. 10 minute walk to free tram stop for City centre."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Aria Hotel Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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