It used to be a swamp inhabited by Aborigines, and then was a run-down industrial district. But thanks to a wildly successful urban renewal program, Southbank is one of the most bustling areas of Melbourne. It lies close to all the attractions of the city, and is beside both the Yarra River and the seaside district of St Kilda. It also an ideal place to base yourself in Melbourne if you are visiting for one of the many sporting events taking place, such as the AFL Grand Final, the Melbourne Cup or perhaps the Australian Open! Everything you might need is within very easy reach, including restaurants, bars, an eclectic shopping district, and the efficient public transport system will whisk you around the city if you want to venture to districts that are further away.
There’s no shortage of Southbank holiday accommodation too - beautiful serviced apartments are some of the most popular options, but larger holiday villas are available in Southbank, too.
Melbourne has plenty for holidaymakers, and Southbank has more than its fair share of attractions.
The city as a whole has a thriving arts scene, and some of the best venues are located in Southbank. The Victorian Arts Centre and the National Gallery are must-visits for anyone interested in art.
You should also visit historical sites like the Victoria Barracks, one of the most impressive colonial-era structures in Australia, and catch a show at the Malthouse Theatre – the building used to be a brewery, and getting a chance to see inside is half the experience.
Shopping is excellent in Southbank too – Melbourne is a city full of small, independent retailers, that sell things that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Wandering the shops and markets and looking for souvenirs is a fine way to pass a few hours.
Southbank is a very good area for walking, as this region of Melbourne is close to many old-fashioned bridges and promenades, as well as parks and gardens.
If you’ve spent the day sightseeing, then you may be thinking about flopping down in your Southbank holiday apartment. But don’t – you’re in a thriving media hub, and there are some stylish bars and restaurants to visit in the evenings. Save sleeping in your Southbank holiday home for after dinner!
There’s a lot to see that’s close to Southbank, too, including Chinatown, the seaside suburbs of St Kilda and Brighton, the Central Business District and the Neighbours set.
Things can get very, very hot during the summer – temperatures of over 40C are not unknown in December in January. If you’re visiting during this period, book a Southbank holiday rental with air conditioning – or, even better, self-contained accommodation with a swimming pool! – drink plenty of fluids and use plenty of sun block.
Winter can be cold, however, with temperatures at night going as low as 2C. If you’re visiting during this season, then find accommodation in Southbank that has a heating system.
The best times to visit Melbourne are spring and autumn, when the temperature is comfortable.
If you’re staying in Southbank, then the chances are that you’ll be flying into or out of Melbourne Airport. This is a major airport and carriers are available that can take you direct to Europe. Once you’re in the city, then it’s a short drive to your Southbank holiday house.