The Best Places To Watch The Sun Set In Melbourne

Bolte Bridge, Melbourne | © Jes/WikiCommons
Bolte Bridge, Melbourne | © Jes/WikiCommons
Whether you’re after a romantic backdrop, magnificent photo opportunity or a pensive perspective, a sunset can set the mood, and these five locations in Melbourne deliver a range of scenic views. End your day on a high note at dusk with waterfront and water level sunsets at The Boatbuilders Yard and Ponyfish Island, a rotating view at Melbourne Star, a mountaintop vista at SkyHigh or a 360-degree sunset at the Eureka SkyDeck.

The Boatbuilders Yard

Nestled in Melbourne’s historic maritime precinct behind Jeff’s Shed, The Boatbuilders Yard is a casual café and bar where you can catch the last rays of sunshine as they flicker across the Yarra River. This award-winning establishment is owned by Dave Sharry and Richie Ludbrook and incorporates a modern design by Six Degrees Architects within the original, historical shed’s structure. Open seven days a week, ‘Boaties’, as it’s known by locals, has room for 1,400 patrons and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, light snacks, beer, wine, and spirits.

The Boatbuilders Yard, 23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC, Australia, +61 3 9686 5088

Not a bad sunset to finish off the week.

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Melbourne Star
Architectural Landmark
Melbourne downtown cityscape Australia

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel offers stunning views of the city from multiple angles | © Takatoshi Kurikawa / Alamy Stock Photo

Formerly known as the Southern Star, Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel located in Melbourne’s Docklands. Towering over the shopping precinct at 120 metres, ‘the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel’ features seven spokes and 21 air-conditioned cabins which offer 360-degree views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges, Mount Macedon and Arthur’s Seat. Arrive before dusk to experience a panoramic sunset with unrestricted views. One rotation takes roughly 30 minutes and features audio commentary.

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Only 45 minutes away from Melbourne is Mount Dandenong’s SkyHigh, which offers picturesque views of the eastern suburbs as well as Melbourne’s glistening city skyline, the Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs. No trip to SkyHigh is complete without dining at the restaurant or café, wandering through the hedge maze and English Garden, visiting the Wishing Tree and Percy Possum’s House. Open 365 days a year – SkyHigh provides spectacular views all year-round.

SkyHigh, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong VIC, Australia, +61 3 9751 0443

Mount Dandenong at Sunset © Dara Meybodi / Flickr

Mount Dandenong at Sunset © Dara Meybodi / Flickr

Eureka Skydeck

Once the tallest residential building in the world, Eureka Tower is 297 metres high and houses 556 apartments. Luckily, for Melburnians, the stunning views can be enjoyed by non-residents too at the Skydeck on the 88th floor. Opened in May 2007, Skydeck offers 360-degree views of Melbourne, and as the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, the sunset scenes are unparalleled. Thrill seekers can step out onto ‘The Edge’ – a three-metre glass cube that suspends visitors 300 metres above Southbank.

Eureka Skydeck, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne VIC, Australia, +61 3 9693 8888

Melbourne view from Eureka Skydeck 88 © Doratoy / Shutterstock

Melbourne view from Eureka Skydeck 88 © Doratoy / Shutterstock

Ponyfish Island

For a water level sunset perspective in the heart of the city, nothing beats Ponyfish Island. Located under the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge, the floating bar and restaurant is accessible by a single stairwell. On one side, you can gaze up at Flinders Street Station and Rialto Towers, while the opposite side provides views of Southbank and Crown. No matter which direction you face, though, the blushing pink and gold tones are breathtaking – particularly with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Ponyfish Island, Southbank Pedestrian Bridge, Southgate VIC, Australia

Ponyfish Island cafe, a restaurant bar surrounded by water, in Melbourne, Australia at twilight © Sunflowerey / Shutterstock

Ponyfish Island cafe, a restaurant bar surrounded by water, in Melbourne, Australia at twilight © Sunflowerey / Shutterstock | © Sunflowerey / Shutterstock