A local’s guide to the best places to photograph the Melbourne skyline – from St Kilda to the CBD. Ready, set, shoot!
Flashback time! I thought I would shift between Canadian and Australian content for a little bit, to keep things interesting around here.
Before I left Melbourne, I had a few spare days where I wasn’t running errands or packing up my life. So I made the most of the time off and checked out a couple of places I had yet to visit. It just so happened that they were all positioned for spectacular skyline views. If you want to capture the best views in Melbourne, here are my top 9 places to photograph the Melbourne skyline.
WHERE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE MELBOURNE SKYLINE
ST KILDA PIER
As soon as you step out on to St Kilda Pier, turn to your right and prepare to be awed. You will get great Melbourne skyline views all the way down to the end of the pier, where the penguins hang out at night. Although I was there in the middle of the day, I imagine the shots at night with the ocean reflection would be kind of beautiful.
READ MORE: My St Kilda guide
SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE
Why it took me so long to visit the Shrine of Remembrance, I don’t know. But it’s located a short walk outside the CBD and next to Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. You can get a different view from the Shrine’s stairs, looking towards the city. However, the best vista is inside the Shrine and up the stairs. On top you can walk around and capture the Melbourne skyline perfectly. Although the view makes visiting the Shrine worthwhile, there is some very interesting war history and memorabilia located inside, too.
I suggest walking along the Yarra River from Princes Bridge to the Docklands outlets, or vice versa. From the opposite side of the river to the city, you are able to get excellent photos of the cityscape. My favourite building is undoubtedly Flinders Street Station, which looks regal compared to the normal CBD skyscrapers. I recommend taking photos around Southbank and Spencer Street Bridge. Take advantage of all of the bridges crossing the Yarra to get some unique perspectives as well.
READ MORE: How to spend a day in Melbourne’s CBD
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Now the Botanic Gardens are a big place, so capturing the skyline might take some wandering. But as you make your way around the 38 hectare gardens, you are able to see the Melbourne skyline from a different perspective. I also like that instead of water, you can capture the skyline peeking out from the plants.
Eureka Skydeck is actually the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. From the 88th floor you can get a pretty amazing view of not only the Melbourne skyline, but a lot of the city. There are various tickets you can purchase, but there is an option to go up both during the day and night. For enthusiastic photographers, this would be a great place for epic night photos. We needed an aerial view on the list.
The Williamstown ferry departs from Southbank and takes you down the Yarra River to the ocean and onto Williamstown, an outer suburb. From the boat you can get close-up photos as you exit the city, but the best Melbourne skyline view is awaiting you at the end. From Williamstown you can capture the entire skyline, which is pretty spectacular. We took the ferry down and then got the train home, but you can also train it both ways.
I have seen some excellent Melbourne skyline photos from the city’s outer suburbs. I was staying with my awesome housemate at her new place in Hawthorn before I left, and as you walk along Glenferrie Road you can get some pretty stellar shots of the city. Just be that person who awkwardly stops on the footpath to look down each street as you walk past.
I’m also yet to cross these off my list, but for more Melbourne skyline views outside the CBD, check out Footscray Community Centre, Ruckers Hill in Northcote, Wills Street in Kew and the Naked for Satan rooftop in Fitzroy.
This may be a slightly random inclusion, but I walked across the bridge to get to Richmond following my jaunt through the Botanic Gardens, and loved the view. There is a bit more greenery in this skyline view compared to the previous Yarra River shot, so I thought it needed to be included. You can also keep walking across and check out Olympic Park (another place I worked).
ALBERT PARK LAKE
These photos were taken on my last day in Melbourne, and it was a totally miserable, cold, windy and cloudy day. But I went to Albert Park Lake, I took some photos, and then raced back to the warmth of home. But on a summer day, this would totally be the place to capture some of the best views in Melbourne. The skyline view is beautiful and the walk around the lake is quite peaceful. Plus, you might even make a new animal friend. That little duck was not afraid of me.
Through my own research and exploring, these are definitely the top nine places for epic Melbourne skyline views. But let me know in the comments if I’m missing an epic location!
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