5 x Melbourne’s best angle
Looking for a fresh perspective on the world’s most liveable city? The only way is up.
1. Point of view
The urban sprawl of Australia’s fastest growing city is best appreciated from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Located some 40 kilometres out of town, this popular restaurant and vantage point serves up a main course of breath-taking vistas and pastel-coloured sunsets, along with a side order of gardens and marked hiking trails. The surrounding mountains are nothing to thumb a nose at either, peppered with gems such as the Puffing Billy Railway, William Ricketts Sanctuary, and numerous quaint villages.
2. Hip landscape
Not only does the inner suburb of Fitzroy offer bountiful opportunities to stock up on indie clothing and knick-knacks, it also boasts an impressive culinary scene. Taking things to another level, quite literally, is the rooftop terrace of Naked in the Sky. Pockets of sunshine and shade abound at this bar/restaurant, so too a relaxed atmosphere and delicious flavours from the Basque Country. The view is hard to beat, as well – featuring a floorshow of flickering lights that is the city skyline at night.
3. Lofty heights
Unsurprisingly, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, Eureka Skydeck 88, affords gob-smacking views over the city centre and beyond. Getting there is half the fun: an elevator ride that hurtles 285 metres skyward in 38 seconds. Once dizzying heights have been reached, visitors can enjoy a bite to eat, scribble a postcard, or put their nerves to the test inside “The Edge,” a glass cube that is projected three metres out of the building’s side.
4. Alternative look
Melbourne’s newest movie-going experience, the Backlot Rooftop Drive-in, offers a unique take on the double feature concept. Here the latest blockbusters are accompanied by a towering backdrop of skyscrapers, which provide a welcome distraction should events onscreen not be to everyone’s taste. Situated on top of a parking hall, the two screens accommodate 60 cars each, plus there are ample seats (and blankets) for those arriving on foot. And yes, popcorn, the cinematic cherry-on-top, is also available by the bucket load.
5. Historic panorama
Inspired by its namesake in New York, Luna Park first opened its doors in 1912. Or, more accurately, its iconic Mr. Moon entry opened his mouth. Over 100 years later his jaw hasn’t budged, and the amusement park’s scenic railway still undulates along the park’s perimeter. Once onboard this rickety ride, in between the sudden dips and turns, passengers can steal glances at the panoramic views across the shimmering surface of Port Phillip Bay and the lively beachside suburb of St. Kilda.
Text James O’Sullivan
Photos Anna and James O’Sullivan