Why we love Southbank and South Wharf

Stroll along the riverfront and find a table with a view at one of your favourite eateries.

Make time for a spot of people-watching with the city skyline twinkling across the water, and the vista will pay you back tenfold in positive vibes. 

Look for the hidden stairway on Evan Walker Bridge and stop in at the floating bar Ponyfish Island to watch the light play on the ‘river of mists’, or Birrarung, as the Yarra is known to Traditional Owners. 

Did you know there was once a waterfall near Queens Bridge? It was used by Wurundjeri and Bunurong peoples as a river crossing and marked the point where the Birrarung turned from salt to fresh water. 

Connect with local history as you cross the Sandridge Bridge, where the epic public art installation The Travellers walks us through the 10 periods of Australian migration, using 3.7 kms of sculpted steel.  

Or take a Southbank History Walk and see the neighbourhood in a new light. 

More open space is on the way too. A playspace will beckon later this year on Southbank Boulevard between Kavanagh and Fawkner streets.  

This new natural environment will be accessible to children of all ages. It includes boulders for climbing, swings, slides and ladders.  

Who will you star-spot today? Look for the concert cellist on her way home to her Southbank apartment after performing at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Actors rehearse then linger for a drink at the Malthouse Theatre, while the next generation of dancers, performers and musicians hurry to class at the Victorian College of the Arts on St Kilda Road. 

Evolve: Find a community space to run your next event or creative workshop at the Boyd Community Hub, or laze in the urban oasis that is Boyd Park.  

Read: Borrow glorious stories from the Southbank Library at Boyd and let them wash over you next time you find a moment to spend in a patch of sunlight by the river. 

Meanwhile at South Wharf

Gather your best mateys and step aboard the historic museum ship Polly Woodside on open days. She’s moored conveniently near the Boatbuilders Yard and Common Man, riverside bistros with dreamy views where you can while away the afternoon.

Shop for bargains at DFO South Wharf then wine and dine on the promenade. Or go to the nearby Southbank Library at Boyd and find out more about South Wharf’s history as the hub of the city’s early ship building and repair industry.

Immerse yourself in a dramatic art adventure at The Lume, a digital gallery where every surface becomes an animated canvas, some towering four storeys high.