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.
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.
Melbourne Star, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC, Australia, +61 3 8688 9688
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
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
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.