Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Southbank & Docklands

NGV International

Housed in a vast, brutally beautiful, bunkerlike building, the international branch of the National Gallery of Victoria has an expansive collection that runs the gamut from the ancient to the bleeding edge. Regular …
Top Choice Chinese in Southbank & Docklands

Spice Temple

When he's not at Rockpool next door or in one of his Sydney restaurants, well-known chef Neil Perry pays homage to the spicy cuisines of China's central provinces at this excellent waterfront eatery. By day you can …
Steak in Southbank & Docklands

Rockpool Bar & Grill

The Melbourne outpost of Neil Perry’s empire offers his signature seafood raw bar, but the star is the dry-aged beef. The masculine space is simple and stylish, as is the menu. The bar offers the same menu and servi…
Classical Music in Southbank & Docklands

Melbourne Recital Centre

This building may look like a framed piece of giant honeycomb, but it’s actually the home (or hive?) where the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra ( and lots of other small ensembles regularly perform. Its tw…
Ballet in Southbank & Docklands

Australian Ballet

More than 50 years old, the Melbourne-based Australian Ballet performs traditional and new works in the Arts Centre and all around the country. You can take an hour-long tour of the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet…
Bar in Southbank & Docklands

Boatbuilders Yard

Occupying a slice of South Wharf next to the historic Polly Woodside ship, Boatbuilders attracts a mixed crowd of office workers, travellers and Melburnians keen to discover this developing area. It's made up of 'zo…
Bar in Southbank & Docklands

Ponyfish Island

Not content with hiding bars down laneways or on rooftops, Melburnians are finding ever more creative spots to do their drinking. Where better than a little open-air nook on the pylon of a bridge arcing over the Yar…
Theatre in Southbank & Docklands

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne’s major theatrical company stages around a dozen productions each year, ranging from contemporary (including many new Australian works) to Shakespeare and other classics. Performances take place in its awa…
Thai in Southbank & Docklands


Bangpop breathes a bit of colour and vibrancy into the area with its bar made from Lego and dangling filament bulbs. Flavour-packed hawker-style dishes and curries are served at communal cafe tables and accompanied …
Mall in Southbank & Docklands

DFO South Wharf

Set over two floors, this large centre offers factory-outlet shopping at its most tempting. Big brands represented include Ben Sherman, Tumi, Lacoste, Victoria's Secret, Vans and Converse.