Colourful laneways, dramatic sunsets, beachfronts, beautiful buildings, Melburnians and their magical city await shutterbugs like you, who are ready to roam the streets and explore. Where are the best spots to take incredible pictures that are sure to make your friends back home green with envy? Here are our tips.
There's a holiday vibe every day of the year at beachside St Kilda, just a short tram ride out of town. Stroll the esplanade, lose yourself at Luna Park, catch a live gig or scoff a slice of cake as big as your head in Acland Street – it's up to you. Photo by @droneair_australia #visitmelbourne #visitvictoria #seeaustralia #melbourne #stkilda
St Kilda is a beachy suburb of Melbourne and a prime spot for picture-takers and relaxers. This photogenically vibrant hub is the place to be from dusk ‘til dawn. Watch or join the locals who walk and skate under the tropical palm trees or kitesurf across the water. Another hidden gem in this area are the colourful gates to Luna Park, a historic amusement park with a jaw-dropping entrance.
The Shrine of Remembrance serves as the Victorian state memorial to Australians who served in global conflicts throughout history. It’s a building with a soul and is rich in meaning and symbology. The Shrine provides unrivalled panoramic views of Melbourne as it sits, elevated, as the centrepiece of the parklands of the cultural precinct.
When it comes to uptown vibes, street cool and old school grime, Duckboard Place is kicking it on all fronts. Once the place where World War II troops came to be entertained and let off steam, the lane now attracts a more discerning punter. Covered head to toe in street art and gig posters, the lane is home to innovative Chinese eatery Lee Ho Fook, the Indian-inspired flavours of Tonka, Danish steakhouse A Hereford Beefstouw and the Mary Fortune wine bar. If that isn't enough to get you filled up and swinging, make your way via the back door to the labyrinthine Garden State Hotel or keep walking to link up with ACDC Lane, the city's rock Mecca and site of the famous Cherry Bar. An awesome capture by @m.walken of a @steen_jones piece.
Duckboard Place is definitely kicking it on all fronts. The laneway is covered from top to toe in street art and posters and is home to numerous innovative eateries like Lee Ho Fook. If you’re in for another treat, keep walking to the city’s rock mecca called the ACDC Lane and pay a visit to Cherry Bar.
Take an early morning flight over the iconic @mcg1853, and watch Melbourne wake up from the tranquil skies above. Float over the city in the basket of a hot-air balloon hundreds of metres in the air – there's truly nothing quite like it. A beautiful moment by @roglin19__roger_knight #visitmelbourne #visitvictoria #seeaustralia
Watch Melbourne wake up whilst you soar through the sky with views of the renowned Melbourne Cricket Grounds in a hot air balloon. Nothing beats an aerial view of the city, its suburbs, and the beautiful Port Phillip Bay. This is one of the most breathtaking vantage points.
Standing in front of this majestic architectural icon will help you physically realise where you are. Flinders Street Station is more than just a train station, she’s the heartbeat of Melbourne. Her facade takes us back to life in the 1800s and speaks of the city’s heritage.
With its awe inspiring views, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a must. The Eureka Tower’s 297m gold plated skyscraper is the gem in Melbourne’s urban skyline. It’s host to one of the most stunning observation decks in the world and offers a visual panorama of the city. Up high you’ll get to know the city better than anyone.
Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature and one of its most distinct landmarks is the State Library of Victoria. The iconic building features beautiful balconies, that encircle the Domed Reading Room, and have been transformed into exhibition areas that call for your attention. The Library houses items that tell the tale of Victoria’s cultural life; both past and present.
There are different ways to experience the Yarra River. Catch a boat tour or go for a stroll to treat yourself to copious amounts of beautiful views of Melbourne, but if you’d rather enjoy the water from close by, pay a visit to the pop-up oasis called Ponyfish Island. You’ll find it floating under the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge.
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Who else think the 82 Brighton bathing boxes have never looked so stunning? Thanks to these distinctive decorations, the boxes turn the Brighton seaside into an immediately recognisable, iconic beachscape that can transform by the hour according to season, light and colour. Just try to resist pulling out your camera and snapping away. Update: This stunning photo was taken by @alessandro_braconi_photography. Thank you @vrishtygarg for helping to find the photographer. #visitmelbourne #visitvictoria #seeaustralia
The Brighton bathing boxes are a colour explosion that will brighten up your photo reel. They turn the seaside into an immediately recognisable and iconic beachscape. The mood transforms by the hour, according to the season, light and colour. The perfect subjects to photograph on every one of your trips to Melbourne.
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The Sunday tradition in Melbourne is meeting up with friends for brunch, but when you’re on holiday you can of course do this any day. A place that serves beautifully filled plates is Short Black Cafe where Aaron Dongsu Shin works, who represented Australia at the World Latte Art Championship this year. It’s a cool and casual place with great coffee, and a definite photo op for latte art.
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