Many apartments offer excellent vantage points to watch the sun rise and set, especially if you have a lovely north-facing luxury apartment like The New Charsfield on St Kilda Road. However, sometimes it’s nice to leave the comfort of your own balcony or floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows and travel somewhere for a new perspective.
Here are the best places to watch the sunrise and the sunset in Melbourne.
Best Sunrise Spots in Melbourne
With the sun rising in the east, here are the best seats in the house for the daily miracle on sunrise.
The Shrine of Remembrance
Easily one of the must-see heritage buildings in Melbourne, the Shrine of Remembrance is a memorial to all the men and women in Australia who have served in war, and it’s designed with Ancient Greek architecture. On any day besides ANZAC or Remembrance Day, a seat at the top of the stairs, with the Eternal Flame for company, is blissfully quiet – the perfect place to watch the sunrise.
Walk the 1000 Steps
Want to watch the sunrise and get in your cardio for the day? The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk and its 1000 steps is a 2.8 km trek to the One Tree Hill lookout point. You may have to do most of it in the dark, but what a lookout.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
This inner-city oasis never disappoints. Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll along the Yarra back from the Swan Street Bridge, all the while with your head up as you watch the sky change colours.
Best Sunset Spots in Melbourne
We set our eyes and our hearts to the west to put the sun to sleep.
St Kilda Beach
There’s something very special about the way the deep purple, fiery orange and every sweet colour in between plays about the sky and on the reflection of Port Phillip Bay. For a beachside sunset in Melbourne, there is no comparison.
You know the one. It’s got AstroTurf, candy-striped deckchairs, an outdoor cinema and a seriously well-stocked bar. You’ll feel like you’re part of the sunset as you watch it play out amidst the skyscrapers at your favourite rooftop bar.
If you’re looking for a real wow factor, what better place to watch the sunset than from the city’s highest viewing platform? Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and a 360-degree view from 88 floors above street level! You’ll watch the sky change colours as you see the city light up.
Watch the Sunrise and Sunset from Your Own Balcony Every Day of the Year