Southbank
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Lovely riverside walk along the Yarra in Melbourne with lots of nice cafes restaurants and shopping areas. Very up and coming.
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  • Cheryl T
    Adelaide, Australia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best area for views, restaurants, & people watching
    The Southbank Promenade offers it all - run, walk or stroll your way up and down the promenade. Plenty of people watching, restaurants in all shapes, sizes, and cuisines, and lots of spots to simply enjoy the views and watch the world go by. Busy day & night. Admire the sculptures and walk back & forth across the many pedestrian bridges.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 May 2023
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Southbank
    What an amazing place alongside the River Yarra. Lots of pubs, restaurants and shops. Great for just a simple stroll, or having a coffee whilst people watching. Lots going on including rowing, river boats and exhibitions. Some lovely bridges to cross and buildings to admire. When we were there they even had a floating light and firework display for Christmas!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
  • chikofthesea
    Raleigh, North Carolina102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    Balloon animals, street performers, artists drawing portraits. Lots of restaurants, pubs and outdoor cafes. This is a great place to relax, people-watch, and maybe take a cruise on the Yarra River. Stroll across the bridge while enjoying an ice cream cone. Just take in the atmosphere. It’s a great experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2024
  • SueP
    Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk just ignore the rubbish in the river !
    Lovely walk along the promenade with many restaurants to enjoy. Only massive disappointment is the lack of council cleaning river itself with rubbish and even a shopping trolley in the water near the banks. I found similar scene last time I visited in 23 so it hasn’t been addressed as an overall issue across the CBD and river banks. Life your game Melbourne . Sydney is so much cleaner !
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
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Victoria, Australia81,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
William Pitt once sang about the city lights and his need to get away... but that is not the case for many...

Secret life, no reveries
Got no time for memories
Follow me, don't be afraid
Don't hide away
Window closed, the light is on
Is it dusk or is it dawn
Telephone off the line
What's on T.V.

... William wanted to escape, whereas most people want to embrace the special atmosphere of a city at night. There is no better place to do it than on the Yarra River's edge at Southbank... there is a vibe... almost anticipation wondering what the night will bring.

Wandering through the area recently solo, I was enchanted by the lights... by the low hum of music from businesses nearby... the laughter of strangers... watching someone stare into the water and lose time... it is such a magical place.
Written 29 April 2024
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SueP
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely walk along the promenade with many restaurants to enjoy. Only massive disappointment is the lack of council cleaning river itself with rubbish and even a shopping trolley in the water near the banks. I found similar scene last time I visited in 23 so it hasn’t been addressed as an overall issue across the CBD and river banks. Life your game Melbourne . Sydney is so much cleaner !
Written 3 April 2024
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chikofthesea
Raleigh, NC102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Balloon animals, street performers, artists drawing portraits. Lots of restaurants, pubs and outdoor cafes. This is a great place to relax, people-watch, and maybe take a cruise on the Yarra River. Stroll across the bridge while enjoying an ice cream cone. Just take in the atmosphere. It’s a great experience.
Written 31 March 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place alongside the River Yarra. Lots of pubs, restaurants and shops. Great for just a simple stroll, or having a coffee whilst people watching. Lots going on including rowing, river boats and exhibitions. Some lovely bridges to cross and buildings to admire. When we were there they even had a floating light and firework display for Christmas!
Written 11 March 2024
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Murty C
Columbia, MD143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
A terrific area to stroll, find something to eat in pleasant surroundings, find a play, people watch, or drop into a museum. I found this to be an endless fountain of joy.
Written 14 February 2024
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We love to walk along the Southbank at night enjoying its beauty. There are lots of restaurants and the riverside was bustling with people and activities at night. Feels romantic too!
Written 26 August 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This area by the Yarra, has undergone a massive modern transition over the years, (home to crown casino) by the yarra, is lovely place to hangout on a sunny day.
Written 14 July 2023
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Cheryl T
Adelaide, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Southbank Promenade offers it all - run, walk or stroll your way up and down the promenade. Plenty of people watching, restaurants in all shapes, sizes, and cuisines, and lots of spots to simply enjoy the views and watch the world go by. Busy day & night. Admire the sculptures and walk back & forth across the many pedestrian bridges.
Written 19 May 2023
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katie2055
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Wow it’s fantastic so many restaurants to choose from most look very good tried a few and enjoyed most
Written 17 May 2023
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Brian C
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This area is great for food on any budget, has it all, and the Yarra River is right there for a relax. Lovely buildings and trees and river.
Written 5 May 2023
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