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Why Visit Southbank – Many Reasons to Wander the River Banks

Southbank in Melbourne offers its guests an extensive line-up of fun, relaxation and fine dining. Whatever you are in the mood for, Southbank is sure to have you covered.

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Southbank Promenade

There is a path laden with trees and tranquillity near the Yarra River's southern banks where you can escape the bustle of Melbourne. You can take a slow walk along this path, taking in the beautiful scenery of the river and the city. When you've had your fill of peace, walk into one of the many cafés or a fine dining restaurant and savour a delightful meal. This particular promenade also offers visitors a chance to view the antics of street performers as well as the lovely sculpture art made by street artists. If you still haven't decided on a place to stay during your visit try to find a Southbank hotel. Melbourne offers plenty of options such as Oaks Southbank.

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The Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arts Centre Melbourne is well-known for its iconic spire which rises 162 metres up to the skies. You can visit the centre to see the well-designed arts complex or to go to the theatre. The Arts Centre Melbourne also houses an opera and a music complex. If you visit the centre on a Sunday you will be allowed to go backstage at the Arts Centre.

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The Crown Entertainment Complex

The Crown Entertainment Complex sprawls across two city blocks and seems to dominate the river. The complex is known as the largest casino complex in this part of the world. Apart from the casino, Crown Entertainment Complex houses several star class hotels, fine dining restaurants, shops that sell niche designer wear, nightclubs, bars and a cinema complex as well as a theatre. If you visit the Crown Entertainment Complex don't forego a visit to the atrium which is adorned with black marble walls and a crystal ceiling. The fountains and the light effects combine with music to create an out of this world atmosphere at the atrium.

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Seafarers Bridge

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Seafarers Bridge is fondly known as the MCEC and is a brilliant work of architecture. The blade entrance of the MCEC is an iconic feature with its angled metal blades which are supported by two yellow rods. The MCEC has been built in perfect accordance to the site and is formed to imitate a triangular shape. You will be enthralled by the sheer brilliance of the architects who built the MCEC which is why it has won so many architectural awards.

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Ponyfish Island

Named after the mythical ponyfish that are said to swim in the waters of the Yarra River, Ponyfish Island can be accessed from the bridge. It is a bar under a bridge situated on an island in the middle of the Yarra River. In short an amusing place to be and a great place to wind down after a tiring day.

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