Southbank is one of Melbourne’s most iconic cultural hubs, with some of the best art galleries, theatres, dining and activities in all of Victoria. From the landmark National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to the Eureka Skydeck, Southbank promises a uniquely Melbourne experience just a short walk from Melbourne Square.
Melbourne’s most iconic art galleries
Southbank is home to a broad collection of art, making it a creative’s delight. From the NGV to the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), you can make a whole day out of perusing art galleries in Southbank.
Start your day with a trip to ACCA, just a 10-minute walk from Melbourne Square. This beautiful gallery has a history of championing contemporary art and artists who stimulate conversations about the broader community. After ACCA, take a short stroll around the corner and you will find the NGV. As the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia, the NGV is home to a collection of wonderful Australian and international art. The NGV has a number of permanent exhibitions that are free for visitors, whilst also hosting a handful of blockbuster exhibitions throughout the year.
Take a trip to the theatre
As one of Melbourne’s most popular arts precincts, Southbank is also home to theatres where you can enjoy a variety of shows. The Malthouse theatre puts on an eclectic mix of shows throughout the year, hosting everything from experimental theatre to comedy shows. Just a short walk away is the Melbourne Recital Centre, where classical and contemporary musicians perform throughout the year, as well as the Southbank Theatre where the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) perform.
Just around the corner, next to the NGV, is the Arts Centre. With a range of theatres at the Arts Centre, Melbournians and visitors alike are spoilt for choice with access to world-renowned musicals, opera, plays and more.
Melbourne University arts campus
Melbourne Square also offers easy access to Melbourne University’s arts campus, the Victorian College of the Arts. This makes Southbank an ideal location not only for students studying at the University, but also for anyone wanting to explore exhibitions or shows put on by up and coming artists. They will often promote the students' work through exhibitions and performances, making it a perfect opportunity for those looking to see what the next generation of creatives are creating.
After indulging yourself in a world of arts and creativity, take a moment to enjoy one of the many bars and restaurants situated along the Yarra River. With renowned restaurants like Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Nobu, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Meat, Wine & Co, Southbank is an ideal destination for foodies. Melbourne Square places you in the midst of these delicious dining institutions along with many more.
Visit the Melbourne Skydeck
Built in 2006, the Melbourne Skydeck at Eureka Tower is the tallest skydeck in the southern hemisphere. At almost 300 metres high, the Melbourne Skydeck provides views of the entire city and its surroundings. In addition to the Skydeck, Eureka Tower is also home to the VoyagerTM, an immersive VR experience that takes you through 16 different iconic Melbourne destinations.
Based in the heart of Melbourne’s arts and entertainment precinct, Melbourne Square is just a stone’s throw from some of the best galleries, shows and dining that the city has to offer. Click here to learn more about Melbourne Square.