Melbourne is one of Australia’s most colourful cities complete with high-rise buildings, outdoor spaces and beaches. It’s one of the best places to snap photos “for the ‘gram”. There is so much to see and do in this cultural capital of Australia you won’t be left wondering what to do next. Read on to find out the best Melbourne Instagram spots!
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The Best Melbourne Instagram Spots
1) Eureka Sky Deck
The Eureka Skydeck is one of the best things to do in Melbourne at night, but It boasts amazing panoramic views of the cityscape no matter the time of day. You’ll experience a unique view of Melbourne, a whole 91 floors above the ground!
2) Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is a War Memorial dedicated to all Australians who have served in numerous wars.
The shrine is located on a hill showcasing Melbourne’s stunning skyline.While this is a memorial, photos are encouraged as long as you are respectful on the grounds.
Docklands is an area of the city that showcases Melbourne’s fantastic modern architecture and high-rises. This area is also on the water which is a great opportunity to capture reflections when the water is calmer.
This area is also populated with lots of public artwork, be it wall murals or statues.
5) Melbourne Star
The Melbourne Star is Melbourne’s answer to the London Eye. The Melbourne Star is also located in the Docklands area of the city and makes for an amazing photo op around Sunset with unique views of the city.
5) Melbourne Laneways
One of Melbourne’s most vibrant attractions is it’s Laneways. The Laneways are a collection of alleyways that are filled with public artwork and feature small independent cafés. The artwork varies per Laneway. Some of the most famous Laneways include AC/DC Lane, Hosier Lane and Centre Place.
6) Melbourne Botanical Gardens
A walk in Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens will bring you to some of the most stunning flora & fauna in the city. You can find an array of plants and trees in these gardens and are always a good time no matter the weather. One tree even looked like the Whomping Willow!
7) Royal Exhibition Hall
Built in 1880 the Royal Exhibition Building is located in Carlton Gardens and a delicate piece of Victorian architecture in Melbourne. The Carlton Gardens as a whole are beautiful to wander through but this majestic building adds to it’s beauty. If you get the chance make sure you head inside the building, more Insta-opportunities await in the halls of this building.
8) Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station is one of the main hubs in Melbourne. This iconic Victorian style station is hard to miss. The best photo spots of Flinders Street Station are from St. Paul’s Cathedral across the street of from Flinders Street where you’ll get amazing views of the clock.
9) Yarra River
The Yarra River runs through the Melbourne CBD and can be photographed from a variety of angles. Enjoy a boat ride through the Yarra River or from the shores of the Southbank.
The Southbank is one of the best places for photographing the Yarra River with the Skyline in the background. Also the ornate Princes Bridge is also great for any photo ops.
10) Brighton Beach Boxes
The Brighton beach boxes are an iconic landmark within Victoria. These colourful Victorian style beach huts are located on Brighton Beach just south of St. Kilda. There are many beach huts lining Brighton Beach, each with their own motives. One of the most Instagrammed in the famous “Australian Flag” beach hut. From Melbourne central the beach boxes are easily accessible via train.
Fitzroy is one of Melbourne’s more laid back hip neighbourhoods. Here you can find some of the best cafés in the city and many of them are pretty enough to Instagram too! Not only is Fitzroy a great place for brunch and nightlife but there is tons of public street art in it’s many alleyways.
Also don’t forget to take a wander through Fitzroy Gardens. These gardens are beautiful on a sunny day and you can find little hidden waterfalls and even a miniature German village.
12) Luna Park
Luna Park was one of my favourite places in St. Kilda. I think this playful theme park really brings the area to life. The iconic clown face that graces the entrance is instantly recognisable in Melbourne. The fun facade makes for an awesome Insta shot.
13) St. Kilda Pier
The Pier at St. Kilda not only has the cutest building housing a restaurant at the end of it but it’s also frequented by the cutest penguins at night. If you miss the Penguins at night there is still plenty to see along the pier. This area has one of the best views of Melbourne’s CBD and skyline. It’s an awesome Instagram spot as you can have beaches, sand and the city all in one.
14) Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market ended up becoming one of my favourite places in Melbourne. When I was living in a hostel in Melbourne we would go to Queen Victoria Market every Sunday and scope out all the best deals (Oh how I miss cheap groceries!)
My favourite halls at the market are by far the deli section which features everything from cured meats, artisan cheeses and independent coffee shops. It’s also amazing on a Wednesday night for the night market which has food trucks featuring world cuisines.
15) FI:KA Hawthorn
It’s no secret that Melbourne is the king of brunch, and some brunch spots make for the perfect Insta opportunity. Both Matcha Mylkbar in St. Kilda and Fika in Hawthorn offer an experience that extends beyond the food. Matcha Mylkbar is famous for being 100% vegan and it’s experimental latte’s, while Fika offers a perfectly pink backdrop complete with candy floss milkshakes topped with gold leaf!
16) Great Ocean Road
If you’re venturing further afield or on a road trip from Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road boasts some of the most spectacular views in Victoria. Sandy Beaches and endless shimmering waters can be found along this stretch of road. The rugged coastline and turquoise blue ocean make for some of the best Instagrammable backgrounds.
The Great Ocean Road can be done as a day trip from Melbourne or over a few nights.
17) Yarra Valley
If you’re heading in the opposite direction or just heading out on a day trip from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a beautiful area filled with rolling hills and picturesque vineyards.
The Domaine Chandon Estate is perfectly groomed and features one of the most luxurious tasting rooms. Not only can you get your Instagram on here, you can “wine taste” (aka drink) to your hearts content! Make sure you also check out the awesome chocolate shop and dairy farm nearby!
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