The city has a wide choice of bridges. Two rivers, the Yarra and the Maribyrnong, have the estuary in Melbourne. New Freeways have requested major bridges as well . The Yarra river has the most interesting ones and the best way to explore them is by bike or just walking. There is an awesome walking/riding path along the Yarra, which is part of the Capital City Trail.
The easiest way to explore the bridges along the Yarra is to start the walk/ride in South Yarra and move back to the CBD/Docklands (check the map below for more details). The best time is just before sunset sunset. I love photography and this is the optimal time to capture the bridges with the red/orange sunset light. If you do not have a camera remember to take your mobile 😉
The Docklands bridges are some of my favourites. All amazing with night light, though it is worth to visit them also on sunrise for the amazing colours
In the list below I have added my favourite 6 bridges in Melbourne, sequenced by location, from South Yarra to Docklands.
Beside my top 6 I have also added also a list of most of Melbourne bridges you may want to explore with the time
This bridge connects Church Street in Richmond to Chapel Street in South Yarra/Prahran. This is the starting point of this photo walk/ride. You can also come here taking the tram nr.8 from CBD and getting off on the corner between Chapel Street and Toorak road. The bridge is an easy walk from there. The photo below was made from the side, around 100 metres from the bridge with the view towards the city. On sunset you have a fantastic light in the background
This is one of the busiest bridges in Melbourne I believe. Traffic is intense, every hour of the day. If you take the photo from the Capital City Trail, facing the city, you can capture the intersection of two bridges actually, the Hoodle and the M1 bridge. Try to come here in a cloudy day for an awesome background.
Wikipedia has an interesting page with many links on this bridge. It is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, just few hundred meters from the CBD. There is a new stadium next to it, now called AAMI Stadium, with some interesting LED lights that change color every few seconds. It’s a great location. You can make a photo to this bridge from the side, on the Capital City Trail. My suggestion is to walk around it as there are many great corners and a lovely river reflection late in the afternoon/evening.
This is the main bridge connecting the Melbourne CBD to the south of the city. I think 80% of the trams ride this bridge making it the busiest for the transportation system. You can come in the sunrise or sunset. In both cases you have a lovely light. The choice is more on the background, the city or the South Wharf? The photo below was taken from below Federation Square in a special occasion, Australia Day.
We are now in Docklands, an area I love to approach in the night. If you are following this photo/ride walk in one go, you will be here mostly with the dark. There are few restaurants and bars if you want to take a rest. The bridge offers many corners and possibilities to take a great shot. Here below I am posting one of my favorite, in black and white.
The last bridge of this review is also the last bridge of the Yarra river. It is another walking/riding only bridge which leaves lots of time to position the camera and take a great shot. I highly suggest to visit it in the night. The cage lights are just fantastic.
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