Melbourne Hotels near Southbank
Directly south of the Yarra River, rises one of Melbourne’s most important inner city suburbs. From its origins as a collection of low-lying swampland that was inhabited entirely by aboriginal tribes, Southbank was quickly transformed in the early 1990s into a vital port of international trade with European influences. Present day Southbank is the primary business and arts district, with modern high rise apartment buildings dominating the skyline and overlooking the Arts and Leisure Precinct. This is the cultural hub where everyone from suit-clad business people to fire jugglers can be found enjoying the clean public space. ... Read more »
Southbank Top 3
- Walk the Southbank Promenade, the coolest place in Southbank, and revel in the atmosphere of street side cafes, street artists and buskers that line the path..
- Visit the moving Shrine of Remembrance where the citizens of Melbourne honour the fallen soldiers of World War I.
- Visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a building that has been described as a sculpture which houses artwork.
Southbank has a complex network of major roads and motorways running through it, which is evidenced by the often-heavy traffic. This makes public transport and walking the best way to see the area, as there are five tramlines with stops in Southbank, as well as the promenade that was built for pedestrians. Melbourne’s bicycle initiative, the Capital City Bike Trail, does pass through this precinct but the congestion of pedestrians often makes it impossible to travel at a steady speed. The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle, a hop-on hop-off type of bus lets you get on an off at will. An Airport shuttle runs directly to this development and is the cheapest way to travel into town from the airport.« Hide