Whether you’re visiting Port Phillip or you’re a local looking for things to do, hitting up the most instagrammable spots in the area is never a let down. Not only do you get to pump up your own social media, but you’ll embark on a mini adventure to some truly incredible locations, and have memorable snaps to look back on. With so many iconic places in Port Phillip, you can plan an entire day around getting your instagram pics while discovering what these bayside suburbs have to offer. Have a scroll through some of the best instagram shots and see where you can find them yourself by clicking on the google maps links attached. Next time you’re looking for activities in Port Phillip, charge up your phone and get your own personal capture.
St. Kilda Pier
Six kilometres South of the Melbourne CBD, the St. Kilda Pier, built in 1853, has long marked the edge of Melbourne’s most famous beach, St. Kilda Beach. Stroll to the end at sunset to capture images of Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline, or head down during the day to snap a picture of your matcha latte at the Pier Kiosk, built in 1904.
Much more than a funfair, Luna Park is a historic monument that has provided bayside amusement to Port Phillip visitors since 1912. It’s iconic clown-face entrance has featured in thousands of instagram accounts of travelers from all over the world. Check their events page so you can time your instagram shoot with a unique experience.
The original Palais Theatre met its demise in a fire in 1925 but was rebuilt two years later and has been entertaining crowds of up to 3,000 people since, closing temporarily to continue restorations and improvements. The most recent redevelopment was a $26 million project that saw a refurbished ceiling, lighting system, and foyer. The Theatre is now as magnificent as ever and is the perfect place to capture a night out in one of Port Phillips most loved and established venues.
Albert Park Lake
Head south three kilometres from the city centre and you’ll find yourself strolling along the edge of Albert Parks man made lake, now a popular spot for picnics, dog-walking, festivals and first-dates. One of the most unique attributes of the Lake is its role as a nesting ground for Melbourne’s famous black swans. If you want a truly stunning photo to add to the instagram feed, head to Albert Park Lark near sunset and capture the Black swans floating gracefully along the pink and purple waters.
St. Kilda Botanical Gardens
The sprawling beauty of the Botanical Gardens has made it the venue for numerous weddings and events, namely due to its picturesque nature. It has to be seen in person to fully experience its myriad flora, but head over with your phone and see if you can capture a bit of the magic yourself.
Pack a picnic and head down to the Elwood foreshore to grab a pic at the edge of Point Ormond as the sun begins setting into the sea. You can snap pictures of the point itself or use the spot as a vantage point for astounding views of the Melbourne Skyline. Point Ormond was a site for social gatherings long before colonisation and continues to attract groups of friend to enjoy the beauty of Port Phillip together.
Only steps inland from the famous St. Kilda beach is the Los Angeles-esque palm tree lined paths of Catani Gardens. From early morning and on into the evening, these botanical perennial plants provide the perfect backdrop for any creative shot you can dream up.
This historic, 580 metre long pier is possibly one of the most photographed and instagrammed locations in all of Port Phillip. What was once a bustling Railway pier in the early 1900’s is now an eerie dreamscape of old wooden posts emerging out of the glossy sea. This location looks incredible with the mist of early morning, or with the deep blue and purple hues of dusk. Surely not a location to be missed on any fervent instagram quest.
South Melbourne Market Oyster Bar
The images at the Oyster bar speaks for themselves. Head over any day except Monday or Thursday and order your fill of fresh fish and sustainably sourced oysters. The only tricky part of this location is getting your perfect instagram shot before all the food disappears.
The foreshore, St. Kilda
The site of the annual St. Kilda festival, the foreshore is a popular hangout spot for locals and visitors alike. If you’re looking for iconic Port Phillip photo locations, this is the place to go. You’ll be delighted with shots of colorful locals and backdrops of the stunning ocean. You can even head up to public rooftop on the St. Kilda Sea Baths for a better view.
The Hotel Esplanade, known warmly by locals as “The Espy” has a long history in Port Phillip hosting both wild and refined nights out, live music and dance parties, as well as Melbourne-standard cuisine. In 2018, the Espy re-opened its doors after an eighteen month revamp and is more jaw-dropping than ever before. If you’re looking for unique pictures, you can choose between the 12 bars, three stages and multiple restaurants and view spots. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, grab a seat in your favourite bar and enjoy the the night Espy style.
Whether you’re looking for things to do in Port Phillip or you just want to boost your social media following, we know that these iconic instagram locations won’t disappoint. If you’re not from the area, just click on the map links provided for each location and enjoy your Wild Instagram chase around town. Search the hashtag #exploreportphillip if you run out of ideas, and post the tag under your own photos for other visitors to enjoy!