Southbank is directly south of the city’s Central Business District (CBD), on the southern bank of the Yarra River. The popular suburb sits directly across the river from Flinders Street Station and has 2km of great river frontage. A wide promenade along the water front provides a tranquil environment for walkers.
Southbank is Melbourne’s bustling waterfront hub, renowned for its restaurants, public art and stylish retailers. The suburb was formerly an industrial area considered as part of South Melbourne. It was transformed into a densely populated district of high rise apartment and office buildings beginning in the early 1990s, as part of an urban renewal program. With the exceptions of the cultural precinct along St Kilda Road, few buildings built before this time were spared by redevelopment. High rise buildings and sky scrapers dominate the suburbs landscape today. Southbank is a primary business centre in Greater Melbourne and is also one of the most densely populated areas of Melbourne.
Melbourne’s tallest attraction is situated here. The Eureka Tower stands tall and proud over looking the entire city. This residential tower features Skydeck 88 which is Australia’s highest viewing platform. Admire views of the city, bay and surrounding regions from the Skydeck.
Southbank Promenade and Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct is one of Melbourne’s major entertainment precincts. The Promenade is a constant bustle of activity, alive with walkers and cyclists enjoying the open space along the river. It is filled with a shopping centre and a dazzling array of restaurants and bars. Southgate’s landmark Ophelia sculpture by Deborah Halpern has been used to represent Melbourne in tourism campaigns.