is the area that stretches along the southern bank of the Yarra
River. It starts the moment you cross Princes Bridge, turn left
and walk down the steps to the river. Southbank was once an old
and neglected area, mostly industrial, which has recently been
rejuvenated as the heartbeat of the central city area. This has
been done by using the Yarra River as
a central feature and by introducing entertainment facilities
along the river bank.
The main focal point is the Southgate
Arts & Leisure Precinct, which is Melbourne's main entertainment
precinct and which has upmarket shops and restaurants, trendy
cafes, food courts and a five-star hotel. This area also is the
home of the Arts Centre and
its theatres, as well as the Hamer Hall (previously Melbourne Concert Hall). At Southgate,
a huge emphasis is placed on outdoor eating and sidewalk entertainment.
A market is held along the footways at the eastern end of the
river bank on Sunday mornings.
can catch a steamboat opposite the Southgate complex for a trip
up the Yarra. An unusual attraction close to Southgate is the
Johns Lutheran Church, which is more in the style of a modern
chapel and which encourages a program of music and art.
along the southern bank there is the Crown
Entertainment Complex, which is also big on restaurants and
shops (as well as gambling). Further on, there is the Melbourne