The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Ten of the best spots to enjoy the view in Melbourne
A landscape shot of a sunset going down next to the 12 Apostles
Photograph: Yanxin Wang
By Time Out contributors |
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Pink sky at night, sailors' delight, pink sky in the morning, sailors' warning. That may or may not be a reliable gauge of the weather (or sailing), but we've got you covered in terms of the best spots for seeing in the daybreak or farewelling another day. Make it romantic or contemplative – your choice.  

While you're outdoors, why not indulge in a spot of al fresco dining or kick about for a picnic?

Museums, History

The Shrine of Remembrance

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Thousands attend the Shrine's ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies, but on other days it's eerily quiet. Sitting on the steps as the sun rises, with the Eternal Flame for company, is a truly poignant experience.
Sport and fitness

Walking the 1000 Steps

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The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a place of pilgrimage for those determined to prove (or improve) their fitness. It's a 2.8-kilometre trek to the One Tree Hill lookout point, so arrive early and set a good pace.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Royal Botanic Gardens

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This inner-city oasis never disappoints when it comes to scoping out the sunrise. Wear comfy shoes and walk the Tan along the Yarra River back from the Swan Street bridge (keep a look out for the friendly family of swans who call the bridge home).
Things to do

From a hot air balloon

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For those special occasion sunrises, there's nothing that will come close to the view from a hot air balloon gently floating 3,000 feet above Melbourne. We should know: we tried it.
A shot of people lining up at the bar at Rooftop Bar
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

Rooftop Bar

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Complete with AstroTurf, candy-striped deckchairs, an outdoor cinema and a well-stocked bar, this is a great place to feel like you're in the middle of the action as you watch the sun set over the skyscrapers.
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Atrium Bar on 35

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Level 35 of the Sofitel is home to sophisticated wine bar Atrium... but between you and us, the toilets feature the same stunning views of the city for free (just remember to wash your hands afterwards).
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Things to do

Eureka Skydeck 88

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Where better to watch the sun set than from the city's highest viewing platform? Eureka Skydeck features floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a 360-degree view from 88 floors above street level.
Things to do

St Kilda Pier

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An oldie but a goodie. Perch yourself on the weathered footbridge, dangle your feet into Port Phillip Bay, cast out as the sun sets and stick around to catch the post-dusk little penguin parade.
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Things to do

Flagstaff Gardens

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Melbourne's first public garden was established in the 1860s, and once had views to Port Phillip Bay. These days, the former pioneer burial site is a lovely spot to chill and share the sunset with the possums.
Bars

The Boatbuilders Yard

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Nestled in South Wharf, The Boatbuilder's Yard doesn't suffer from a lack of passing foot traffic. Watching the sunset from the expansive timber decks along the Yarra (with a bevvy in hand) offers instant wow factor.

And one that's not in Melbourne...

An aerial shot of the twelve apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Photograph: Roberto Seba

The Twelve Apostles

You'll have to get up early to watch the sunrise at the Twelve Apostles, but it's well worth the effort. Seeing the morning's first rays bounce off the iconic rugged stacks of limestone is breathtaking (the Apostles change colour from grey to sandy yellow as day breaks). Plus, once the sunrise is over you've got the whole day to go exploring along the Great Ocean Road.

If you're out at night anyway...

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