Melbourne was the home of Australia’s first-ever rooftop bar, all the way back in 1970. Now you can find awesome rooftop bars all over Melbourne, and most will give you a fantastic view.
The best view comes from Rooftop Bar, on the top of Curtain House on Swanston St. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll be able to enjoy a cocktail and admire the view.
Our Tip: During the warmer months, Rooftop Bar hosts a cinema, screening cult films and recent releases. Unfortunately, the regular bar closes during these times, so make sure you plan ahead.
OK, this one is a little different, but hear us out!
Head to the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Street and take the elevator to the 35th floor. Here you’ll find their Atrium Bar and No35 restaurant, but that’s not what we’re looking for. Instead, head towards the bathrooms.
The exterior wall in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms is a giant window, and it has an incredible view towards the east. You don’t need to be a guest at the Sofitel, just head up and check it out.
There’s nothing like a hot air balloon to get a view of the city.
Every morning, these hot air balloons fire up in a Melbourne suburb and then float for an hour above the CBD; Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world where that’s possible.
Pickup is from the city, and after the flight, you’ll float down into one of Melbourne’s many parks.
Standing 297 metres tall (975 ft) you can get an almost panoramic view, stretching all the way to the Dandenong ranges. Plus there are several binoculars that allow you to get a closer look.
If you want to take things to the next level, buy tickets to The Edge, a glass cube with a transparent floor.
Built-in 1932, The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial dedicated to Australian soldiers who fought in WWI, WWII and every war after.
Its underground display is a fitting tribute to the men who fought for the country. But take the granite stairs up the balcony, and you’ll have a nice view of the city centre.
While it is a great free thing to do, we highly encourage making a small donation while there. All proceeds go towards maintaining this important structure.
Head down to the St Kilda Pier to get a fantastic view of the city. Stretching 600 metres (1968 feet) into the bay, the St Kilda Pier was built back in 185.
Now it is home to a large family of fairy penguins; visit at night to see them come home to roost.
While there, explore the rest of St Kilda, from the beach to the bars – it’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne.
The most adventurous view of all, is one you’ll get jumping from a plane. Go skydiving at St Kilda and you’ll experience 1 minute of freefalling, followed by a gentle 8-minute glide down to the ground.
Taylor was born and raised in Tasmania. He moved to Melbourne to study Film & television, and went on to start a marketing agency for hospitality. Whilst in Melbourne he also founded a walking tour company. He has a love for rock 'n' roll bars & New York-style pizza. In 2020 he was amongst the top 1% of Frank Sinatra listeners on Spotify.