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.
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.
Shrine of Remembrance
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.
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.
Hot Air Balloon flight
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.
Flinders Street Station
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.
Eureka Skydeck 88
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.
State Library of Victoria
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.
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.
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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