Glittering city skylines, rugged coastlines that won’t quit, and a unique river vantage point are just some of our top picks for Melbourne’s best views. Grab your coats, friends, because we’ve found some of the city’s most spectacular views!
Point Ormond Lookout
Few inner-city Melbourne suburbs can boast the kind of views that Elwood does. Simply follow the series of bike and walking tracks along the beachside and you’ll find a raised headland that is the Point Ormond Reserve. The view from the top is fantastic, with northerly views to the bay and city skyline and southerly vistas of Elwood’s beaches.
However, we know that a true Melbournite can never be too far from a decent cup of coffee, and luckily, Elwood is a hive of fantastic little cafes. Check out the funky hipster hub of Turtle Café and the Mediterranean-leaning Café de Cuba on the other side of the roundabout. Once you’ve had your caffeine hit, head towards the St Kilda marina for a delicious meal at The Great Provider with views overlooking the boats.
Naked in the Sky
You’ve gotten Naked for Satan, now get Naked in the Sky! Above the pintxos and vodka bar, the team at Naked for Satan have created a stunning outdoor terrace with views to the city skyline and overlooking the bustling Brunswick Street below. Dine on tasty food inspired by the Basque region of Spain while trying the house-infused vodka, killer craft beer and cider selection, a seasonal collection of cocktails, as well as all the classics.
If you’re after something a bit more casual, wander half a block up to Don Vincenzo for some excellent Mediterranean cuisine, or head half a block in the other direction to Stagger Lee’s for a good coffee pick-me-up and some simple, yummy comfort food.
Bayside Coastal Trail
Pick any section of the scenic 17km long Coastal Trail between Brighton and Beaumaris and you won’t be disappointed. Once an area of spiritual significance for the Indigenous Australians of the area, the stretch has inspired some of Australia’s best artists to attempt to capture its natural beauty.
Depending on where along the trail you find yourself when you start feeling peckish, it’s worth tracking down the beachside restaurant Cerberus Beach House in Black Rock for incredible award-winning views and delicious food. Likewise, the harbourside Brighton eatery The Baths Middle Brighton offers stunning views across the water with its impressive floor to ceiling windows.
When the Red Hot Chilli Peppers sang about being “under the bridge downtown”, we’re certain this is not what he had in mind. Ponyfish Island is an adorable, and rather intimate, little floating bar on the Yarra. Views like this are hard to come by in Melbourne, so savour the simple food offerings and refreshing beverages from dawn to dusk at this unique little spot.
Take a stroll along Southbank and dine riverside at the divine Ludlow Bar & Dining Room or the more casual BearBrass Eating & Drinking. Otherwise, if you’re feeling particularly active, you can jump on the Capital City Trail bike path that follows the Yarra through picturesque parkland.
For breathtaking views of the rugged coast, head to The Nobbies on the western tip of the island to stroll along the boardwalk and see the fur seals out on Seal Rock. For the more adventurous among you, take advantage of the cycling and walking tracks throughout the island and experience the immense diversity of scenery and natural wonders of the place.
Of course, there’s also the Penguin Parade at sunset, which is great if you can catch a glimpse of the adorable little guys from the crowds. To eat, there are loads of eateries along the beachside Esplanade, with Madcowes being a highlight. For live music and a decent beer, try Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant. Or for a casual bite and exceptional coffee, the Big Wave Café is a lovely hidden gem on the other end of the island.