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Explore this exciting central city Precinct, one of the city's best Melbourne Attractions, situated on the banks of the Yarra River where you can eat, drink, be entertained, enjoy a relaxing cruise and shop till you drop.

Here we find world class Hotels to indulge in 5 star luxury along along with modern high rise apartment blocks should living or staying in the city center be your desire.

Once a muddy area turned into a busy industrial precinct, the early 1990's saw this same area being dramatically transformed into what it is today.

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This area is now a densely populated district with high rise apartments, office buildings, an amazing Arts and Leisure precinct, a retail, eating and entertainment precinct and there is so much more on its way as the area is rebuilt.

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Accommodation here at one of the Hotels within this amazing area is such a great idea because it will be so close to Melbourne's central business district.

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Where Is Melbourne's Southbank?

The Precinct is bordered by the Yarra River from St Kilda Road at Princess Bridge through to the southern and western borders bounded by Dorcas Street, Kings Way, the West Gate Freeway and Montague Street.

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There is also plenty of parking under, in and around the Precinct.

You may also use various public transport methods to reach Southbank. For routes and timetables and means, visit Metlink.

What can You Find At Southbank?

There are diverse, exciting, modern and bustling areas of this Melbourne Attraction.

  • The Southgate Complex

Southgate is a vibrant restaurant, shopping and entertainment destination located within the Precinct's area. It is located directly opposite Flinders Street Station and neighboring the Melbourne's arts precinct.

The restaurant and shopping section forms part of the overall Southgate complex with a mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, a casual dining licensed food court and retailers.

Secure undercover car parking is also provided and can be accessed at City Road and Southgate Avenue.

Unique to Southgate is the Free Cinema, Melbourne’s only silent cinema. For more information as to when this can be enjoyed visit the Free Cinema

Southgate Plaza - 5 Star Shopping

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The Artistic Center

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Here you will find the Arts Center, just look for the Spire, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

The south eastern section houses the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, a perfect place for a picnic and the famous rowing Boat Sheds.

If you are in this area don't miss the Queen Victoria Gardens, the floral clock, Kings Domain with Government House, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Shrine of Rememberence.

The Promenade is such a lovely place to stroll and here you can hop onto a ferry and cruise the beautiful Melbourne's waterways.

Take in the highlights of Melbourne cruising down the Yarra to the east and/or the west.

  • Cruises downriver to the port and upriver away from the city
  • Opportunities to photograph Melbourne's skyline and port from the water
  • On-board commentary with insights into Melbourne's history
  • Panoramic windows provide unparalleled views plus protection from wind or rain
  • Sun deck for outdoor river cruising

Or if you would like to wine and dine while cruising down the Yarra River taking in the Melbourne City night lights then perhaps the Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise is something that may interest you.

  • Combines Melbourne fine dining and an evening river cruise
  • Five-course gourmet meal featuring prime local cuisine and global cuisines
  • All beverages included
  • Professional, personalized service
  • Comfortable fully enclosed cruiser

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There are plenty of little Cafe's and Restaurants along the Promenade including the unique Ponyfish Island burger restaurant under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge.

Ponyfish Island Burger Restaurant - Southbank

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You can access the Crown Entertainment Complex along the Promenade .

This is where Melbourne houses its world famous Casino, with plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs and live performance shows to entertain you.

You can also find ten pin bowling here and games such as skirmish.

The Crown also has Movie Cinemas presenting all the up to date movies from around the world.

Truly a fun place to take the family with plenty of variety entertainment to choose from.

Don't miss the nightly Crown flame show along the Promenade, an amazing spectacle.

Crown Casino Gas Flame Towers

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Further along is the Melbourne Exhibition Centre where expos and exhibitions are held in what is colloquially called Jeff's Shed.

Melbourne Exhibition Centre - Jeff's Shed

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Notice in the picture above you can see the Polly Woodside.

The Polly Woodside was built in Belfast in 1885 and is among the best surviving examples in the world of a late nineteenth century ocean-going sailing ship.

The Polly Woodside - Southbank Victoria

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And there is more to see and enjoy now in the new section of the Promenade at South Wharf. Here is where you will find modern apartment buildings and great shopping experiences.

The new DFO Factory outlet is housed here where you can pick up the latest and the greatest fashions etc at phenomenal savings!

Tweeting Down At Melbourne's Southbank

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This section on the banks of the Yarra River really has to be the best place to visit in Melbourne, one of the best things to do in Melbourne any day of the week.

Take the whole family along because what you have just read is only part of the story. You have to see the rest for yourself!

Federation Square is right opposite on the other side of the Yarra River.

While you are wandering along the Promenade, pop over to the Aquarium

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