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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.

Top Hotels in Southbank

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
WRAP on Southbank
WRAP on Southbank
4.5 out of 5
133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥10,348 per night

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

4.4/5Excellent! (2,289 reviews)

"It was perfect! The view was amazing, the room was amazing. I loved it. Definitely going to book again in future."…"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

WRAP on Southbank
Quay West Suites Melbourne
Quay West Suites Melbourne
5 out of 5
26 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥14,211 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre, and Yarra Riverfront. Eureka Tower and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,602 reviews)
Great service is the Quay!!

"Absolutely fabulous staff, location, suite, amenities + buffet breakfasts!! Despite staying at Quay West Suites during the fateful weekend of the cancelled Melbourne Grand Prix followed by the ban of spectators at an MCG International cricket match, we had a magical weekend away! The staff at Quay ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Quay West Suites Melbourne
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
4 out of 5
57-61 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥9,603 per night

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! (1,338 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
4 out of 5
Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥7,377 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic Gardens and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,373 reviews)

"Great location on southbank, short walk to the cbd. Great food options close by and close to public transport."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥18,949 per night

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Rod Laver Arena, and Melbourne ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,828 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
Aria Hotel Apartments
Aria Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
285 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥7,986 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and DFO South ...

4/5Very Good! (1,928 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

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 fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene 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 Southbank. 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 romantic area.

Top things to do in Southbank

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

¥9,734
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,865
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Melbourne City Highlights Cruise
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Melbourne City Highlights Cruise

¥1,138
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
City Port & Victoria Docklands Cruise
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City Port & Victoria Docklands Cruise

¥895
Per adult
90% 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
Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

¥7,086
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

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Andrew Robins on trover

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4.5/5Wonderful!(1,080 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Melbourne Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central, and jump on the metro at Melbourne Central Station or Flagstaff Station to see more of the city.

Melbourne Central Business District
Docklands which includes a river or creek and city views

Docklands

Travelers come to Docklands for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while you're in town.

Docklands
Fitzroy Gardens featuring a house, heritage architecture and a garden

East Melbourne

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East Melbourne
South Yarra showing heritage architecture and heritage elements

South Yarra

St Kilda Road and Toorak Road are top sights in South Yarra, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at South Yarra Station or Hawksburn Station to see more sights in the area.

South Yarra
Fitzroy Gardens featuring heritage architecture, a garden and a house

Fitzroy

Gardens, bars, and museums are just a few things travelers enjoy about Fitzroy. Check out Melbourne Museum or Brunswick Street while you're exploring the area.

Fitzroy