With daylight saving starting on 2 October, celebrate the extra sunshine at these golden hour hot spots.

Golden hour walks

Take a stroll with a colleague or friend after work, and make the most of the late afternoon light. Catch the sunset from Princes Bridge, or ramble around Queen Victoria Gardens and check the time on the floral clock. Enjoy a good view to the west on the Flagstaff Gardens hill, or from Docklands’ bridges, park and waterfront promenades. Get more ideas on top after-work walks in Melbourne.

Vue de Monde and Lui Bar

Where better to raise a glass to the setting sun than Shannon Bennett’s luxe restaurant and bar in Melbourne’s second-tallest building. On the 55th floor, Vue de Monde and The Lui Bar have walls of windows offering uninterrupted views, and similarly breathtaking menus. Take your time over oysters and French Champagne, or a glorious multi-course meal as the sky puts on a colourful show.

Two women sitting on a couch in a skyscraper bar looking out the window at the city.
Lui Bar

Arbory Afloat

This stunning summer angel has returned to us. Hop aboard Arbory Afloat for a trip to the Balearic Islands. Think pina coladas, Spanish-inspired cocktail jugs and a delicious new menu. Settle on a sun lounge and watch the Melbourne skyline go from day to night, with glorious views of Princes Bridge, Hamer Hall and Southbank.

Yarra Botanica

Yarra Botanica is a new floating bar taking over the river year-round. Poised with a perfect view of four iconic Melbourne bridges, this luxe greenhouse spot boasts a native herb garden, epic gin list and fresh seafood menu. Climb aboard and head straight for the top level to catch a perfect peachy sunset before daylight saving ends.

A plant-filled floating bar on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
Yarra Botanica

Waterfront wining and dining

There are lots more restaurants and bars along the Yarra River with epic sunset vistas. Perch on the riverside balcony and enjoy antipasti and amaretto sours at Southgate's La Camera, or toast daylight savings right by the water at Ponyfish IslandThe Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf has expansive views to the west, making it a top spot for sunset dinners.

Melbourne Skydeck

The observation deck of Melbourne’s tallest building is a no-brainer for sunset watching. There are no other structures blocking the 360-degree views at Melbourne Skydeck, 300 metres above sea level. As the name suggests, it’s on the 88th floor, but you can go one better upstairs at Eureka 89. Here the sunset comes with a cocktail or whisky flight, or degustation dinner.

People standing on an observation deck at sunset.
Melbourne Skydeck

GoBoat

Heading west on the Yarra River into the sunset is a beautiful thing. Climb onto your own GoBoat (no experience or license required) and set sail on a special Melbourne experience. These picnic boats are built for groups of up to eight. Throw in some vino and a cheese platter and don your captain's hat. Then cruise your way down the river as the golden hour sun dances on the glittering water.

Stolen Gem

The views from Stolen Gem's eight-storey high rooftop terrace steal the show. And they only get better as the sun starts to dim and the clouds turn pastel. Look out over Bourke Street and the GPO as you enjoy sushi boxes with all the trimmings, canape-style share plates and creative drops like a pavlova gin spritz. Or bar hop through more of Melbourne's best rooftops, sipping cocktails and searching for the perfect spot to watch the show.

People drinking cocktails at an open air rooftop bar overlooking the Melbourne GPO.
Stolen Gem

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