Southbank is one of the most visited areas of Melbourne and an absolute 'must do' when holidaying in our beautiful city.
This area is generally considered to stretch from the Princess Bridge in the eastern end, to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in the West.
This part of the river is overlooked by (amongst others) the Arts Centre, Eureka Tower, Crown Casino, Exhibition & Convention Centre, and many of Melbourne's best restaurants, bars and most exclusive stores.
On Sundays there is a very popular craft market under Princess Bridge.
How to get there from Alto Hotel on Bourke
Southbank is only 6 to 7 minutes' walk from Alto Hotel on Bourke; as you leave the hotel, please turn left into Bourke St and walk 60 meters to the corner of King St., turn right down King St. and walk approximately 400 meters to Flinders St., now cross the King St. Bridge over the Yarra River and you are there.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT, from Alto Hotel
As you leave Alto Hotel, walk right down Bourke St to the tram stop, it is only 40 meters away and easily seen from our front door. Take Tram number 96, it will turn left down Spencer St. and stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of Crown
YARRA RIVER CRUISES can also be arranged by the riverside. Visit:
Welcome to Melbourne River Cruises
Their sightseeing tours operate daily and are also available for educational tours. Cruise past Melbourne's major attractions including the Botanical Gardens,
Federation Square, Docklands and on to Williamstown as you take in their captain's informative commentary.
Welcome to Melbourne River Functions
Whatever the occasion, there is no better way to entertain your guests than on board a vessel cruising through Melbourne with the exclusive privacy and comfort of your own vessel. The novelty and change of venue from the usual will surprise and excite your guests as you cruise through the city lights reflected on the Yarra River.
Choose from their range of function packages, including cocktail functions, office parties, birthdays and even weddings. You can also dine in style on board the Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant which operates five nights a week.