Whatever your mode of transport you'll find all roads lead south in Melbourne – to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking and shopping hubs.
Roll up to Southbank's restaurants and bars on two wheels, as numerous cycling trails converge amid the riverside hotspot's public art installations. Southbank and South Wharf are also easily accessible by tram and train and even boat, with water taxis stopping regularly outside Southgate.
Cross the fascinating Sandridge Bridge over the Yarra River and disappear amid the striking public art, restaurants and bars at Southbank.
Pull up a riverside table at any of the excellent eateries that stretch from Southgate to Crown Entertainment Complex. Dine alfresco as the city lights up at night or just watch the bustle along the Yarra River. Venture out onto the river itself for a coffee or sunset tipple at Ponyfish Island.
Step into the luxurious world of Crown and splurge at a super-chef's signature restaurant or at the international designer boutiques. Revert to childhood in the indoor amusement park, catch a movie or meet mates for a drink in one of the many bars.
Get a dose of art and culture by deviating into the adjacent Arts Precinct, heralded by the Arts Centre's famous spire and leading out onto the honeycomb façade of the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
South Wharf brings new meaning to the humble shed, with the loving restored heritage sheds now housing a selection of diverse bars, restaurants and cafes that all share beautiful waterside views.
South Wharf Promenade might just be the only address you'll need to remember for your eating and drinking needs for the foreseeable future. An exhaustive list of bars and eateries tempts the tastebuds, any time of day and prepares you for a super South Wharf shopping spree. Head over to DFO South Wharf to bargain hunt at more than 180 retail outlets.