One Melbourne’s most vibrant locations for wedding day photography is the Southbank precinct. This area is as convenient as it is picturesque, as it runs along the elegantly tree lined St Kilda Road, bound on one end by the grandeur of the CBD and iconic Yarra River. Southbank is truly a heavenly destination for wedding day celebrations and photography. With its abundance of distinct venues, public sculptures, gardens, award winning restaurants, luxurious accommodation as well as panoramic views of the city, the stunning features offered within Southbank are perfect for a selection of different wedding styles and scales. Serendipity love this area for its gorgeous aesthetic details, which provide an exceptional selection of diverse wedding photography backdrops– all within walking distance of one another! Add a sparkle to wedding photos as you stand in front the gallery’s famous water wall. Or let the experienced team at Serendipity capture the atmospheric colours and tones of the riverside Southgate precinct as you stroll leisurely along this gem of a location.

Southbank 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, a mostly industrial hub. Today the area has been rejuvenated as the heartbeat of the central city area. The Yarra River is given pride of place, as a light reflecting centrepiece upon which much of the surrounding venues look out onto. There is a wonderful selection of entertainment facilities along the river bank, the main focal-point being Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, which is Melbourne’s main entertainment precinct boasting upmarket shops and restaurants, trendy cafes, food courts and a five-star hotel. A perfect option for a special night before the wedding meal, or for an alfresco reception. 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 delightful option during the wedding day celebrations is to board one of the charted boats opposite the Southgate complex for a picturesque trip up the Yarra. Be delivered right to the doors of your wedding reception venue

An unusual attraction close to Southgate is the gorgeous St Johns Lutheran Church, which is more in the style of a modern chapel and which encourages a program of music and art. Further along the southern bank there is the Crown Entertainment Complex, which is a luxurious option for distinctly glamourous wedding receptions. 


The History of Southgate

Since it opened in 1992, Southgate has functioned as a reflection of Australia’s arts, culture, entertainment and fine dining, all with a distinct Melbourne flavour. In many ways the history of our beautiful city can be traced through the history of the Southbank location itself.

Long before it was recognised as a suburb, Southbank was a popular meeting point on the Yarra River. A waterfall at Princes Bridge protected the fresh water coming downstream, while trading ships could navigate upstream from the saltwater of Port Phillip Bay. This conveniently dictated the site of Melbourne. The south side of the river supported the young city with breweries and food processing, while shipping and trading utilised the docks and warehouses.

After the National Gallery of Victoria was relocated in the 1960s, the Victorian College of the Arts in the 1970s, and the natural evolution of the district was coaxed by a vision of a rejuvenated waterfront highlighting an expanded educational, cultural and leisure precinct. By the 1980s a co-ordinated government strategy led to the building and landscaping of the south promenade. This encouraged development of major commercial infrastructure. Southgate was born and succeeded all expectations by adding its own character to the area.

For more than 20 years Southgate has been part of the fabric of Melbourne daily life, particularly for the growing number of local residents in the neighbourhood. The urban planning has been carefully designed to encourage exploration and discovery. A deliberate and sophisticated approach reflects the normal organic way a city grows overtime. The boundaries of the 2.4ha Southgate site are integrated into the surroundings. Thus you are naturally led to Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International), St Johns Church, Crown Casino and the Langham Hotel, across the road to the Australian Ballet, the ABC headquarters or under Princes bridge to the Alexandra and Royal Botanical gardens and Melbourne’s major sporting facilities. 


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