Melbourne’s bustling riverside is the perfect summer venue; walk along the water with an ice-cream, hire a bike or discover the fun for both families and adults alike at the Crown Entertainment complex.
Just a short stroll from the hotel, use our luxurious Collins Street location as a base to discover the river’s entertainments. We spoke with our one of our Les Clefs d’Or Concierge’s Jacob Detering to get his recommendations on what to see and do on Southbank.
Exploring the riverside is best on bicycle but to avoid looking like a tourist and to blend in with the locals, hire a bike from Humble Vintage. No clunky tourist bikes here, with unique Japanese and Dutch cycles you can ride in style. Try the Capital City Trail from Abbottsford Convent to Southbank, stopping to enjoy a coffee along the way, this ride is described as scenic and simple with its relatively undulation free route. Humble Vintage operates in both Melbourne and Amsterdam where, let’s face it, they know a thing or two about bikes.
While you are riding along Southbank stop at Queensbridge Square to soak in the local flavour. The square is regularly home to pop-up activations for citywide events like the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Chinese New Year. The space is also known for its live entertainment with quirky street performers and buskers providing diversion and often seeking brave passers-by to get involved.
Another great stop as you traverse Southbank is Sandridge Bridge where you will find The Travellers. These ten steel sculptures each represent a period of migration from indigenous Aborigines to convicts to refugees and pay homage to centuries of migration which make up Melbourne’s diverse melting pot.
There are many world-class restaurants and bars right along Southbank. Particular recommendations include 7000 by Pure South Dining, a test kitchen while Pure South gets a makeover. 7000 stands for the post code of Hobart in Tasmania and you can go on a journey through Tasmania by postcode trying their variety of specialised Tasmanian suppliers, perfect for lunch, dinner and pre-theatre. Venturing up towards Crown Casino two other great restaurants to try are Rosetta and Rockpool or if you are looking for something a little more casual, pop into the Merrywell for a burger or Philly cheesesteak.
Ponyfish Island, situated in the middle of the Yarra River and accessible by bridge, is great for share plates and a drink. Plus, if you are there during breakfast you cannot go past a Glick’s bagel, a Melbourne institution in the bagel world.
Finish off your day and party long into the night at the Crown Entertainment complex, dance the night away at Level 3 or try your luck in the casino.
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