As the name suggests, Southbank sits on the southern bank of the Yarra River, offering scenic views of the city skyline from more than 2km of wide pedestrian promenades.
While in Southbank, head to the Crown Casino entertainment complex for gaming, great restaurants, a hotel, shopping and a movie theatre.
Take a tour of the Polly Woodside, an impressive tall-ship built in 1885 by British shipbuilders. Now restored, the vessel is the hallmark of the Melbourne Maritime Museum at Duke's Dock on the Yarra River.
The Eureka Tower is Melbourne's tallest building, and the Eureka Skydeck located on the 88th floor - offers unrivalled views of the city and surrounding area. Don't miss "The Edge," a glass viewing area that stands three metres out from the side of the building
Southbank is home to the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a distinctive structure that showcases works by major local and international artists.
The Arts Centre is Melbourne's theatre, concert and visual arts headquarters; there's also a gallery exhibit that details Australia's unique performing arts tradition.
The streets of Southgate come alive during the annual Melbourne International Jazz Festival held during June. During the festival the city plays host to the world's finest jazz musicians.
Most of Southbank's restaurants, clubs and bars are located in the trendy, vibrant Crown Entertainment Complex. You will also find great places to eat at the Southgate Complex, Crown Towers and along Riverside Quay. Try the Riverside Food Court on the promenade with its huge variety of takeaway food.
Southbank offers an impressive selection of luxury hotel accommodation and self-contained apartments, for short-term or long-term stays.
The The Crown Towers, Crown Promenade Hotel and the Langham Hotel provide modern amenities and guests have easy access to the city centre. The apartments at Quay West Suites Melbourne have fully equipped kitchens and all the comforts of home, located just steps from Southbank's arts district. The Travelodge Southbank features 275 rooms just off Southbank Promenade at budget-friendly rates.