Melbourne’s modern landmarks, futuristic skyscrapers, and lush waterfront parks look good from just about any angle. When you want the absolute best views in Melbourne, here’s how to find them—including on an aerial flight, at the top of the city’s tallest building, and on a Yarra River cruise.
Towering 975 feet (297 meters) over Melbourne’s Southbank, the Eureka Tower is the city’s tallest building and home to the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere. Marvel at the city views from the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor or brave a walk across the glass-floored viewing platform, The Edge.
Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight over the city and as you soar past city skyscrapers and along the Yarra River. Alternatively, opt for a scenic flight along the coast, swooping over St. Kilda Beach, Brighton Pier, and Port Phillip Bay.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Turn up the romance with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the city and float over Melbourne’s Central Business District as the sun comes up. For an even more unforgettable experience, couple it with a champagne breakfast or escape the city to fly over the Yarra Valley vineyards.
Yarra River Cruise
Experience Melbourne from the water as you cruise along the Yarra River, through the heart of the city. Pass the Southbank, the Docklands, Herring Island, and the river gardens, and perhaps enjoy a seafood lunch, gourmet dinner, or live entertainment on-board.
Vue De Monde
Melbourne has a number of rooftop bars and restaurants with a view, and one of most popular is the Vue De Monde. Located on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s Rialto building, the restaurant offers spectacular views from its panoramic windows, so you can dine with views of glittering city lights below.
Mount Dandenong Observatory
Admire the city skyline from a distance at the Mount Dandenong Observatory, perched on a mountaintop in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It offers 360-degree views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, and the Mornington Peninsula.