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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Sit back and enjoy the view at some of these picturesque spots near Melbourne

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Time Out editors
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There's something mystically calming about watching the sun rise or set. While it's magical to watch the daily light show anywhere, there's no arguing the fact that some locations really enhance the experience. The next time you're looking to watch the natural phenomenon, head to one of these Victorian locations ideal for watching the sunrise or sunset.

While you're outdoors, why not try one of Victoria's best day hikes or kick about for a picnic?

SUNRISE

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Walking the 1,000 Steps
  • Sport and fitness
  • Tremont

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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  • Travel

It might not be Melbourne buuuuuuut, we can't not include the Twelve Apostles. You'll have to get up early to watch the sunrise here, 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.

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SUNSET

  • Attractions
  • Docklands

One of the most popular times to visit the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is at sunset and it's not hard to see why. This 40 storey high observation wheel offers stunning views out over Melbourne's west, perfect for watching the sunset. You can even book private cabins, which are well frequented by those wanting to pop with a romantic sunset.

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  • Things to do
  • St Kilda

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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  • Bars
  • Melbourne

From its lofty Fed Square digs Transit Rooftop Bar is ideal for watching the Yarra after a long day with a cocktail in hand. The bar knows they’re in prime viewing position and they make good use of it. Transit has a big outdoor deck, all the better for you to idly watch the river, city and sunset over the city skyline. 

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Melbourne

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
  • Melbourne

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).

If you're out at night anyway...

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