When it comes to finding photo opportunities in Australia, new lists could be created every day, probably every minute, as there is so much to see in such a huge continent. Same goes for Melbourne, a metropolis home to famous buildings, museums, outdoor areas, and iconic views. We decided to put down a slightly different post from your usual “things to see in Melbourne”, adding some local and less known places to the usual spots.
So let’s now focus on our personal top 7 Instagram spots in Melbourne.
- 1 – EUREKA TOWER SKYDECK
- 2 – NIGHT SKYLINE
- 3 – YARRAMBAT GOLF CLUB – KANGAROOS
- 4 – ALBERT PARK LAKE
- 5 – HOZIER LANE – AC/DC LANE
- 6 – SOUTH BANK CITY VIEW
- 7 – ST KILDA LUNA PARK
1 – EUREKA TOWER SKYDECK
You’ve just landed in Melbourne and are excited to see all its hotspots, but you don’t know how to orientate yourself yet. What’s better than having a bird’s eye view to get the dimension of the city and spot the most famous landmarks from above? Head to the Eureka Tower, just 500 meters from Flinders Street Station, holding the record as being the tallest building in Melbourne and the highest skydeck in the Southern Emisphere at 300 meters from the ground. From up the 88th floor you can enjoy a 360° view on the city both in day light or at night time, plenty of photo opportunities!§
TIP: For the strong hearted, try the Edge Experience, the world’s only moving glass structure, and feel the thrill of being suspended above the void.
2 – CITY SKYLINE
We mentioned Eureka Tower for night views of the city, however the best spot where to appreciate Melbourne’s skyline is Yarra Boulevard (aka Yarra Blvd). Drive here during or after sunset to see the lights turning on and painting the night.
TIP: don’t forget to bring your tripod to get a steady shot with long exposure.
CAUTION: very romantic spot, you will likely be surrounded by couples in love. Don’t be shy and hold position!
3 – YARRAMAT GOLF CLUB – KANGAROOS
Did you know it is possible to spot wild kangaroos within the city of Melbourne, without paying any admission ticket? Now you know! A dear friend brought us to his local golf club and there they were, dozens of kangaroos having a feast at the well kept golf course lawn. If you have been living for a while in Australia like us, you should already know kangaroos and wallabies love to come out at sunset and chill at golf clubs, where they can roam undisturbed all night. They are used to humans and are quite approachable, some even dare to stand in the way of drive shots! Clearly, any golf club should do the job, we listed the place where we got to see them closely, but there’s plenty of areas in and around the city.
4 – ALBERT PARK LAKE
We were at Albert Park for our first time during the F1 Grand Prix and fell in love with the view of the city skyline above the lake, where we took the pic below. The huge park develops around the central lake and includes several sports complexes as an aquatic centre, a sailing club and a football club.
TIP: If you plan to visit Melbourne in March, have a look at the F1 calendar, as you might be in for one of the most exciting events of the year in the sports capital of Australia.
5 – HOZIER LANE – AC/DC LANE
You probably have already heard about or seen pictures of popular Hozier Lane, where artistic murals cover every inch of the walls. But in our opinion AC/DC Lane offers a more rewarding experience due to the lack of tourists. This also means you won’t have to fight with other people to get your photos. It’s easy to combine both lanes, and a few others, on a short walking itinerary in the CBD of Melbourne, so do yourself a favour and don’t stick to Hozier Lane only!
6 – SOUTH BANK CITY VIEW
One of the classic views of Melbourne, and also one of the easiest to reach. Hop off a train or tram in the central Flinders Street Station and get a selfie in front of the Yarra River. The always changing city skyline will be the background of your shot!
TIP: come here in the early morning to anticipate commuters getting to their offices and to take advantage of the best sunlight.
7 – ST KILDA LUNA PARK
Head to the beachside neighbourhood of St Kilda to catch some sea breeze and cool down. The Coney Island inspired Luna Park will steal the scene by night, with its thousands of lights, sounds and colours. Getting your Insta shot at the front gate is a must!
TIP: For those of you who will visit Sydney other than Melbourne during their Australian trip, try and take the same shot at both Luna Parks, like we did!
So this was our 7 favourite Instagram spots in Melbourne. Did we miss any famous one? What’s your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below!
WHERE TO STAY IN MELBOURNE
- Rydges St. Kilda: stay on the beach side and lively neighbourhood of St. Kilda, just a 5-min tram ride from the city centre;
- Melbourne Central YHA: the best hostel chain in Australia, ideal for budget travellers;
- Crown Metropol Melbourne: want to be in the middle of the action? Get spoiled by the amazing Crown Entertainment Complex, featuring dining options, a casino and shops;
- you can book all your stays in Australia with free cancellation here.
HOW TO GET AROUND
- Myki card is your best option to travel on Melbourne trains, buses, and trams. More info here;
- Travelling by tram is quite an iconic option when in Melbourne, also it is free to do so within the central business district area, you can check the free tram zone at any station in the city.
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