SouthbankAustralia

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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.

Where to stay in Southbank

Melbourne CBD which includes night scenes, cbd and a skyscraper

Melbourne Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(386 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

Top hotels in Southbank

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
£129
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, steps away from Yarra Riverfront, Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,414 reviews)

"It was my first time staying at the Langham and just the aroma when you walked into the hotel was AMAZING. The beds were so hard to explain other than like sleeping on a cloud. An amazing experience"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£123
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88 and Melbourne Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,585 reviews)

"In a good location, great sized apartments with kitchen and laundry appliances"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
4 out of 5
Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
£61
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,527 reviews)

"Hotel is a little dated. Staff are friendly. Close to everything. A great location easy walk to city. No bar or restaurant but lots around the area. Parking is next door in a Wilson’s car park under cover but a public car park. No direct access to hotel. $22 a night for parking. Room Is large but ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

Popular things to do in Southbank

Melbourne Arts Centre
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Melbourne Arts Centre

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Melbourne Arts Centre, a favourite museum in Southbank. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Eureka Tower
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Eureka Tower

4.5/5(34 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

5/5(22 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

4/5(5 reviews)

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(15 reviews)

During your trip to Southbank, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Southbank Promenade. Attend a sporting event or visit the casinos in this romantic area.

Top activities in Southbank

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

88% of travellers recommend
£12
Per adult
Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£19
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Shore Excursion: Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£19
Per adult
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

90% of travellers recommend
£77
Per adult
Yarra River Gardens Cruise
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Yarra River Gardens Cruise

88% of travellers recommend
£10
Per adult
Private Tour: Mornington Peninsula Behind-the-Scenes Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience
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Private Tour: Mornington Peninsula Behind-the-Scenes Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience

£106
Per adult

Reviews of Southbank

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 4, 2020

Excellent Area To Stay, close to everything. Cross the bridge and circle trams are free.

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

May 8, 2019

Excellent location to stay when visiting Melbourne.

5/5 - Excellent

Jan

Mar 18, 2019

Would definitely stay in this area on our next trip

5/5 - Excellent

Liz

Mar 17, 2019

Really enjoyed visiting South Melbourne Market and the National Gallery, both of which were within easy walking distance.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2019

Lots of restaurants along river bank

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2019

Very lively and entertaining. Lovely to walk along both day and night with lots of dining options.

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