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With daylight saving ending on 3 April, celebrate the sunshine while you can at the city’s sunset hot spots. Head to these parks, bars and lookouts and see the sun linger after 7pm for the last time in a long time.
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.
Docklands Promenade Twilight Market
Fill your basket with farm-fresh produce and handmade goodies at this vibrant market. Perfectly timed to make the most of the fleeting sun-soaked evenings, the Twilight Market runs from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday 2 April. Browse the stalls and watch the live music and entertainment as the sun sinks down over the water.
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.
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 Island. The Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf has expansive views to the west, making it a top spot for sunset dinners.
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.
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.
Heading west on the Yarra River into the sunset is a beautiful thing. Climb onboard 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.
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.
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