I love this location, as most of the Yarra river up to the CBD. Stay on the south side of the river for the most scenic photos of the bridges, as in the case below.
Sunset is the best time to enjoy and photograph this side of Melbourne
Birrarung Pedestrian Bridge
From here you have one of the best close-up photos of the Melbourne CBD.
It works best at night, especially after a rainy day, with the city lights reflecting in the puddles and the wet bridge.
The long night walk to the city
Heavenly Queen Temple viewpoint
This is a lovely Buddhist temple in Footscray, just 2-3km from the CBD.
Best time to visit is at sunset. Best location is from the opposite bank of the Maribyrnong River
Bolte bridge viewpoint
This is quite a unique spot, a bit hidden from the city.
It is a 700 meters walk from Docklands and you will experience a beautiful view of the Bolte Bridge and the Observation Wheel.
From the Bolte bridge to the Observation Wheel, Melbourne
The Docklands Library viewpoint
This is a secret point to visit at night.
Fantastic view from the back of the library to the Observation Wheel with the Docklands pier in the foreground
Eyes to the Observation Wheel in Docklands, Melbourne
City view from Wurundjeri Way bridge
Great Melbourne spot on sunrise.
In saying that I had my best photo made on sunset, when the clouds over the CBD had a fantastic orange-red colour.
You can walk up the bridge from the north-side of the Yarra river or from South Gate. It’s a busy road. Check the map at the end for the location
Southern Cross Station
This is my favourite spot for street photography in Melbourne.
It’s also a great spot for architectural photography, being the building as unusual as fantastic to explore.
Explore the 1st level for the best view, as in this photo below
Southern Cross Station – Focal length @ 20mm (equivalent 40mm) using a Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F/1.7
333 Collins Street
Probably my favourite building in Melbourne, together with the Victoria Library.
333 Collins Street is a real hidden corner, almost impossible to see it from the street. Step in without hesitation
Historical Collins 333, the CBA Bank in Melbourne – Understanding focal length
State Library of Victoria
This is the most impressive dome I have ever seen. Go to the 6th floor for the best view (there is a lift once in, on the right side).
There is also a less formal reading room at the end of the building that you should not miss.
Here is another hidden photography corner of Melbourne, Rodda Lane.
The entrance looks a bit dodgy however I have been there so many times and I have never experienced a single problem.
It is the University area in the Melbourne CBD. Have a walk around the building. Some interesting architectural and street photography
1/30sec at 34mm, f/3.8, ISO 1600
One of the best lane of Melbourne CBD to visit during the day, for lunch or dinner. It can actually be quite busy.
In the night is an amazing place for graffiti photography.
Centre Place at night is Graffiti zone, Melbourne
Rutledge Lane – the graffiti must visit
Most of the people visit Hosier lane for the graffiti. It’s quite incredible that just a small number adventure the extra meter into Rutledge Lane, a dodgy alley off Hosier lane.
In the night all these graffiti give the best, so much better than during the day
Sunset Reflection on Albert Park
Best time to visit this place is again at sunset. The reflection of the sun on the buildings on the North side is just amazing, the buildings look almost on fire.
There are plenty of nice places in St.Kilda. However I believe this is the most iconic one. Avoid going there on the weekend. Far too many people.
If you love shooting facing the sun, than sunset is the best time. Otherwise come on sunrise.
It can be really windy and wavy here so plan to arrive with a good tripod. Don’t give up on a cloudy day as, by experience, you can achieve great results.
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