Melbourne is a beautiful city and has been rated as the most livable city for six consecutive years. The main business district in heart of town is called the CBD or the Central Business District. South of this suburb, 1 km down, lies the urban suburb called Southbank. On its north runs the Yarra river and to the east is St Kilda.
Before development began here it was an industrial area and now it is home to many high-rise buildings. There are many restaurants, hotels, bars and entertainment places.
If you really want to enjoy & know a city, you need to take a walk. In Melbourne, you can walk right up to the end of Southbank. The path lies next to Yarra, is tree lined and particularly beautiful at night.
Most prominent landmarks down this route are given below. Check them out at leisure and enjoy Melbourne.
Sandridge Pedestrian Bridge. It is 178 m long and was re-opened in 2006 during Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Artist Nadim Karam has installed his very interesting artwork called The Traveller which welcomes the immigrants who arrived by train.
Polly Woodside Maritime Museum. Polly Woodside is an 1885 tall historic ship which has been rescued by the National Trust. It is originally from Ireland.
Eureka Skydeck 88. has the highest viewing platform in Southern Hemisphere. It is an absolutely must visit.
National Gallery of Victoria, oldest public art gallery and museum in Australia.
River Cruises, start and finish here.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Seafarers Bridge.
Crown Entertainment Complex, housing the largest Casino in Southern Hemisphere with hotels, bars, live shows, movies, shopping and a huge Food Court.
Melbourne Arts Centre is more of an institution with three theatres, State Theatre, Playbox and George Fairfax Studio.
The Southbank Promenade, running from Southgate Shopping Centre to The Crown Entertainment Complex.