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 (www.mco.org.au) 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

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.