Last updated on October 22nd, 2018 at 04:08 pm
As a matter of principle, I always wanted to attach the map where the photo was made. I thought that any photographer or tourist, new to the city could benefit from that.
I started this post with 5 sites. I extended to 10, 20, 25 locations and growing. Some of these photography places in Melbourne are great for sunset, others for sunrise or a rainy day. Why not a great city viewpoint, like from the rooftops
Every time I visit a new city for a photo trip, I google for some existing photos just to have an idea of where and when to go. As a second step, I build a google map with all the candidate sites. As the last step, I try to optimise a walk through these sites thinking also at the time of the day. I leave all the interior photos during the day.
Selecting great locations is not an easy task. There are many sites to take a picture in Melbourne and I keep finding new ones every week. This is to say that this post is growing on a monthly basis with new findings
I went back to all of my photos posted in the previous years and I checked all the new ones. It has been a hard selection with just 30 locations. There are iconic ones as well as some unknown sites. In the end, I decided to include also famous places although always trying to have a different corner.
I visit few of these sites in the workshops I usually run every second Saturday or on demand (private one-to-one sessions). I love this city and I can’t stop myself exploring it alone and with over fellow photographers. If you are interested, you can check here more information on when and what we will do or just book your spot below
Scroll to the bottom for the map and if you are planning a trip to this beautiful city here are the list of hidden places to discover in Melbourne
You may be also interested in the top locations in Sydney
These places for Melbourne sunsets are tremendous not only for your photography but also to enjoy as such, maybe with a drink too 😉
Some of these sites have a deeper description and a photography example below in the post (just follow the link)
All of these Melbourne sunset locations may change based on the time of the year.
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How many times did I get asked where is the best view of Melbourne? A lot. With the years I have built a great list of sites which can be useful for both photography and enjoyment.
These are just a few. This list is growing on a weekly basis. Certainly, the toilette is on top of my personal must place to visit LOL
No, you do not need a helicopter. You just need to climb up the stairs of a multi-storey car park or take an elevator to a bar on top of the building, grab a beer and make a few photos. This second option does not work in the weekends because of way too busy with people, especially on warm nights.
This multilevel garage offers a great view of China Town. Entrance is from Exhibition street, almost at the corner with Little Bourke Street
This is another favourite location of mine.
Walk up to the top floor for an unusual view of the Observation Wheel on the front of the building.
On the back of the building, you have a fantastic view of the city.
Both amazing views. Entrance to this garage is at 440 Docklands Dr.
If you are interested to more rooftops for photography in Melbourne, have a look to the G@Top project I have been running since 2014
This is a map with just part of the project. More sights are added on a regular basis. See the Google interactive version here
I love this side of the river for a long panorama shot of the CBD. The Yarra river gives that lovely mirror effect to the foreground .
The right time is at dusk with the city lights on their best. The wheel on the right corner is usually there for the Moomba Festival, around mid March
Come here one hour before sunset for some photography of the busy rowing clubs area. Interesting portraits and life style shots.
You can also plan your day for the sunset on the other side of the river (better for the light).
This is the place where you can probably get the best photos of the rowing life in the Yarra
Another great spot for photography in Melbourne. Walk down St.Kilda Road from Flinders Station, just few hundreds meters
Best time is after dark, great night lights from the city and South Gate
You will need a tripod. Try to shoot when you do not see trams coming/going as the bridge tends to move slightly and your photos may be not that sharp.
This pedestrian bridge deserves a visit after sunset for some night photography. You suddenly feel like you are in France on the Seine river
This is really one of the most famous and photographed place in Melbourne I believe.
I think I was here at least 5 times myself. Best time for a shot is at dusk, when the sky becomes all orange and the lights of the units, from the nearby buildings, give a real futuristic effect.
You add also the white light around the bridge net and you have the full picture
Walk around to shoot from different corners. Can you find a unique angle? Hard but you never know!
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
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.
This is a fantastic point to highlight the contrast between the city skyline and the building of the CBD. It’s just next to the ArtPlay in the Birrarung Marr (have a look to the below map).
Best time to visit is during the blue hour, just after sunset with still some light for the grass and the first city lights on.
This is my favourite spot in Melbourne CBD for light trail photography.
I love it because the light trails work fantastically well as lead-in lines to the city and usually there is enough traffic for some cool effects.
I found this spot quite late in my Melbourne exploration. The main reason is that I never looked back to the South Gate direction when walking around the area, crazy isn’t it. I was just stopping for some light trail photography in the previous spot and from there I was going either to the MCG or to the city.
I have been back a few times though and my favourite composition is most definitely with a person on the lift balcony (yes, that is a lift tower on the right)
If you are looking for an iconic view of Melbourne then you can walk along the Yarra river to shoot the famous Nylex clock building (malting storage silos).
I have just printed this photo on a 1.3m wide canvas and it works so well.
Best time to visit this spot is on a cloudy sunset.
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
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.
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
This view is now limited by a new building, unfortunately
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
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
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
This building is now closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
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
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.
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
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, then 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.
With the new pier we have a new view to the city which is absolutely magnificent.
Best time is after sunset to have all the night lights from the city. Here I suggest to use the highest focal length (zoom) you have to compress the background.
The marina in St.Kilda can be a fantastic spot for sunset photography, beside an awesome place to just enjoy the last hours of the day.
Best location for this photo is from the deck, on the right side on the cafe pier
I love to use lead-in lines in my travel and landscape photography. I find it to be a great composition rule
I discovered this elevated walking path on the west beach.
Visit this area in summer and you will have the sunset just in front of your eyes
And that’s it for today. Now scroll down to receive your personalized copy of the Melbourne City photographic sites. Print it or load it on your mobile/tablet as you reference guide.
Go down a bit more and you will see also the map with every site discussed in this post
Enjoy your travel photography!
Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.