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Where to see Melbourne’s city skyline

Looking for the best views in Melbourne? See Melbourne's skyline from these great locations

Written by
Brooke Munday
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OK, so we’re not as big as London, and our skyscrapers aren’t as tall as New York’s, but Melbourne’s skyline has a lot to offer, especially if you know where to go to make the most of it. So we thought we’d help you out to find some of the best views of Melbourne. Just don't forget your phone – you're going to want to document this. 

Get more great photos with our guide to the 10 most Instagrammable places in Melbourne, or go for a walk and get to know some of the city's most beautiful buildings while you're at it. 

Where to see the Melbourne skyline

Ruckers Hill, Northcote
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Ruckers Hill, Northcote

Looking for a view of Melbourne without the water? Ruckers Hill in Northcote has you covered with a tree-spattered shot of the city and surrounding suburbs. Visit in the evening to see it sparkle gold as the streetlamps light up across the landscape.

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Gem Pier, Williamstown
Photograph: CC/Stephen Digby

4. Gem Pier, Williamstown

Gem Pier in Williamstown is 145 metres long and surrounded by beautiful waterside views. It's the second pier to hold this name, with the old one being renamed ‘Old Pier’ in 1853. The modern-day Gem Pier has also undergone a couple of name changes, from ‘New Pier’ to ‘Steamboat Pier’. Whatever it’s called, we’re just happy to enjoy its view of the city.

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Burkes Lookout, Mount Dandenong
Photograph: CC/Matthew Paul Argall

5. Burkes Lookout, Mount Dandenong

Outside the hum and flow of the city streets, Burkes Lookout at Mount Dandenong offers a quieter spot to view Melbourne, surrounded by bushland and wildlife.

Princes Bridge
Photograph: Robert Blackburn

6. Princes Bridge

Built in 1888 to cross the Yarra River, this spot holds one of the older views on this list. The bustling walkway of Princes Bridge (which connects people from Flinders Street Station to Arts Centre Melbourne and Alexandra Gardens) offers the chance for a panoramic shot of Melbourne at its heart.

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Wills Street, Kew
Photograph: CC/David Iliff

8. Wills Street, Kew

Hidden in suburban Kew, this next view of the skyline is a happy little coincidence amongst the neighbourhood lawns and parkland.

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Albert Park Lake
Photograph: CC/Rob Deutscher

9. Albert Park Lake

This picturesque spot offers visitors the chance to snap a shot of Melbourne’s horizon line in the company of swans. Surrounded by manicured gardens, Albert Park Lake is the perfect place to go for a walk and relax as you take in the view.

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Morell Bridge
Photograph: CC/Kara Brugman

11. Morell Bridge

Morell Bridge was constructed in 1899 over dry land, but after the Yarra River was diverted, the newly carved-out waterway provided the bridge with an irresistible waterside spot to absorb the city.

Brighton Pier
Photograph: CC/John O'Neill

12. Brighton Pier

Brighton Beach is a popular place for locals and tourists alike, and its pier’s view of brilliant blue waters and colourful beach huts deliver a peachy image of Melbourne’s profile.

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Fancy a drink with your dose of Melbourne? Naked in the Sky in Fitzroy offers a gorgeous perspective on the surrounding suburbs with all the comforts of a rooftop bar. Sit back and sip some wine while you drink in the streets around you.

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Seeing Melbourne from way up in the sky brings a whole new perspective to the city. When you're standing, floating, flying or even falling from way above the trees and rooftops you can see things about the city you've missed a thousand times. Maybe you'll discover how close that cute coffee shop is to your house, or how you've been oblivious to that park behind your office for years.

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