Southbank, Melbourne: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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About Southbank

By the banks of the river Yarra is this classy decked up pedestrian called the Southbank Melbourne. A fall in the Australian economy during the early 90’s gave room to development and refurbishing of the town. The initial idea of Southbank refurbishing came into place to enhance tourism and to setup a recreational spot amidst the city and it is one of the famous places to visit in Melbourne.

The great view and fine location by the river made it one of the desired areas in town. Housing some of the important businesses, skyscrapers and touristy spots such as the National gallery, Eureka and so on it is now one of the prominent places in Melbourne.

The dramatic backdrop of the skyscrapers and posh building by the banks of the river fascinate tourists. The busy streets, the flashy lights, rushing pedestrians and the fresh breeze by the riverside in the urban neighbourhood resembles the set of a hollywood movie.  

If you are a tourist visiting Melbourne, you might need to book a day in your itenary for the Southbank tour. Public attractions such as Crown casino, Melbourne convention & exhibition centre, Victorian art centre, National Gallery of Victoria, James Bond store, river cruises and so on are housed in the same vicinity. If you aren’t in the mood to go touristy Southbank also  offers a variety of other shopping, food and art experiences to enjoy.

How to Reach Southbank

Southbank Melbourne is 20 - 25 km away and there are multiple ways to reach Southbank Melbourne from Melbourne airport (MEL). Here is how: 

Via a Bus Service:
Opting for a bus would take around 45-50 mins due to multiple bus transfers. Board the T1 Skybus to reach the Skybus coach terminal, take a 140 m walk to Bourke St and board the bus 96 to reach City road, a 5min walk from Cityroad is Southbank Melbourne. 

Via a Car or Taxi:
Opting to drive yourself to Southbank is the cheapest option to get to your destination. The distance of 25kms could be driven in about 23mins using the M2 route to get there. However, if you chose the M2 route and head to continue using the state route 37 you would take around 38-40mins to reach your destination.

You can also commute via taxi. Taxis are easily available from the airport for about 55$ - 65$. However, any transport used to reach the destination from the airport will take around 20 -25 mins to arrive at the pedestrian.

(Commute tip - Purchase a myki pass for intercity navigation, it is the cheapest option of commuting within the city. It might cost you up 28$ for a week.)

Best Time to Visit Southbank

The best time to visit Southbank Australia is during the autumn and spring season. i.e., March to May and September to November. Australia’s seasons are opposite to that of the Northern Hemisphere, Australia experiences the summer season from December to February and winters from June to August.

Hence, autumn and spring seasons are highly recommended to enjoy the Skyline, the riverside and also to explore the town of Melbourne under pleasant weather conditions. The favourable weather permits you to take hikes, explore the western Australia windflower trail, Mingle with the wild, enjoy the city rides and take a dip in the hot spring near Melbourne.

What Not to Miss at Southbank

Southbank is an excellent recreational destination, it holds something interesting for all. You will be on your toes to try and get to everything around. These are things you just wouldn’t want to miss.

Starting from shopping, video gaming, sightseeing or even competing with your nerdy needs to provide you with a historical monument or a library to head to Southbank has it all covered. Read on to explore your options:

1. Shopping, Cruises and art
If you are looking out to stroll around Southbank one thing you can do is a shop, board a river or even enjoy the art exhibits and timely music that is played on the street. You could also opt to brunch or savour dinner on the river cruise to enhance your experience. 

2. Witness Vault
Vault is an abstract minimalist sculpture by the sculptor Ron Robertson Swann at the Australian Centre for contemporary art at Southbank. The bright yellow coloured innovative structure is worth a sight. Made of large thick flat polygonal sheets of steel is assembled in a manner of dynamic movement. You can expect to get a cool goofy picture at this venue. 

3. Explore The Eureka Tower and the Edge
Eureka is one of Southbank's experiences you can’t ignore. Situated in Southbank it is Australia's second-tallest building measuring 297.3 metres (975 ft), you can look at the 360 degrees of Melbourne at the observation deck on the 88th floor of the building.

The experience of Eureka gets dramatic at the ‘Edge’, the Edge is a block extension at Eureka with a backdrop of Melbourne at a great height making you feel a drop from the building. Edge is an architectural marvel you should have a picture at.  

4. Visit Crown tower
An entertainment stocked plaza. Well known for its casino, the Crown engages its visitors with gamble or indulges them in choices of their own, housing some of the posh brands, enthralling theatre performances, gaming rooms, spa, concerts, nightclubs, bars and as many as 29 restaurants to choose from Crown establishes a very engaging time for the people. Visiting Crown at Southbank is a wholesome day of thrill and enthusiasm. 

5. Relive your fav James Bond Memories at The Bond store
James Bond lovers wouldn’t want to miss out on this one. Relish some coffee while you picture bond sniffing the culprit at this cafe by the Southbank. The setting is perfect for a retro catch up. This out-of-a-movie store at Southbank is a great place to relax, read a book or even write one. 

6. Shop at Sunday markets
Hopping in on a Sunday to the Southbank is a joyride. The busy streets filled with life and laughter with live performances, artists selling their best pieces, the locals and tourists retreating by the river on a holiday.

Places to Visit near Southbank

1. Yarra river
By the busy Southbank is the pleasantly flowing Yarra river. You can enjoy some time by the serene riverside and also take a ride in the river cruise. Dining by the river after a shopping spree is always a good idea. 

2. Melbourne zoo
Housing more than 300 different species, Melbourne’s zoo is one place to make a playdate visit. 

3. Luna park Melbourne
Dating back from 1912, this traditional theme park is one of the places you should visit. The sight of lit-up old cartwheels or candy corners of the 1900’s is to look out for. 

4. Penguin Viewing
Around 10mins away from Southbank is the St.Kilda beach which is famous for its penguin viewing spot, the best time to find them would be 30mins after sunset. You could take pictures and enjoy the view of the water and wild in the dark.  

5. ACDC Lane
At a 8 min walking distance is the flinders lane, a picturesque street with painted walls, creating a classy backdrop to strike a pose and get some cool groupies. If not for the pictures, it is always a great idea to take a walk around the city to explore the local life. 

6. City basement books
The city basement bookstore that is about a 5 min distance on foot from the Southbank is a must-visit for every reader to engage in a historic time travel. The store functions from 9 am to 6 pm. The second-hand books with the smell of olden pages, overwritten words, underlined lines add a very dramatic feel to it. 

7. The National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria is the busiest art gallery in Australia, dating back to 1861 the gallery showcases the art of classics such as Rembrandt, Picasso, René Magritte and so on, this art gallery is a valuable album of history.
8. Breweries and Wineries
Enjoying authentic Australian wine and beer can be added to your itinerary along with a visit to the Southbank as you have multiple options in the same vicinity. 

9. St. Paul’s Cathedral
One of the best ways to explore the cultural side of any city or country is by paying a visit to the religious places around the vicinity. St. Paul Cathedral is one such beautifully made Cathedral to visit and invest some pious time amidst your visit. 

10. Art Centre Melbourne
This art space is home to many performing artists. The venue includes State Theatre, Hamer Hall, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Playhouse, and Fairfax Studio. Regular concerts, theatre performances, ballets enthrall the audience at the arena.

Other Essential Information About Southbank

- Location: (To GPS) 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Victoria 

- Timing: All-day 

- Distance from Melbourne airport: 20 - 25 min

History of Southbank Melbourne

During the early 90’s, Australia faced an acute economic downturn, to find a fix an urban renewal was proposed. Southbank Melbourne which was formerly an industrial area was redesigned to an urban pedestrian by Denton Corker Marshall.

The sector of 1.7 km was designed to have well-furnished tall flashy modern buildings, fresh touch to Melbourne and a renovated bridge by the river. Sophisticated Southbank soon dominated the town. Effluent offices moved to Southbank creating a demand for the area.

Housing some of the powerful business headquarters such Treasury Wine Estates, Crown Limited, Alumina, Incitec Pivot, The Herald & Weekly Times and many more. The elite class was drawn towards Southbank. However, Its popularity gained momentum due to tourists.

The river cruise, the bridge, the skyline, the markets and more was a lot to explore. Eventually, the establishment of many museums, art galleries and historical exhibitions at Southbank gathered the attention of art lovers, artists and so on.  All the measures put together have made Southbank one of the popular places in Melbourne.

Best Restaurants in Southbank Melbourne

1. Nobu Melbourne

Nobu is a widely recommended Japanese restaurant at the Crown by the Yarra River. An approximate costing for two customers is around 50-60 USD. The restaurant is highly appreciated for its Japanese expertise.

2. Conservatory
This elegant chic themed restaurant at the Crown serves a sumptuous global buffet. The attractive furniture, high ceiling and white decor add to the sophistication of dining. The global buffet pleases the palate with a great variety.  

3. Ging Thai
If you are up for an Asian savoury, Ging Thai is a place to explore. A typical Thai serving arena with flavours of its homeland. 

4. Gradi crown
Cheese!! If that’s you calling and you’d want to indulge in some lip-smacking pizza, this is the place. Gradi Crown is an Italian food destination serving delicious pizza and Wine.

Tips for visiting Southbank Melbourne

1. Commute
Prefer using a public mode of transport as you would have issues finding a parking spot. Also, Southbank is best explored on foot. 

2. Day Out
Remember that Southbank has too much to offer. So, plan your itinerary to space a whole day for the visit. 

3. Pre-bookings
Revise your plan and pre-book your essentials such as the passes to the Edge or river cruise etc. It is also suggested to pre-book a table in the restaurant you wish to dine in. 

4. Events check
Numerous artists present live performances at Southbank Melbourne. Look it up while making your plan to experience these gigs by the river.

5. City tours and market visits
Multiple options of city tours are available to take you across Melbourne, packages could be fixed based on your preferences.
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People Also Ask About Southbank

  1. Is Southbank a suburb?

    No, Southbank is an urban neighbourhood by the river Yarra in Melbourne.
  2. What is Southbank?

    An ornamental river side structure that was modeled to enhance the economy. However, Southbank today is a diverse cultural shower with graffiti walls, fun markets, live music, buffets, scenic views and more.
  3. When was Southbank built?

    Southbank was built during the 90’s to overcome the economic crisis as an economic renewal program.