Coolest rooftops in Melbourne

10 August 2016

Over the years a growing number of businesses have transformed their rooftops into functioning spaces. 

From bars to restaurants, rooftop gardens and function areas, there are many creative ways that rooftops are being used in order to capitalise on the spectacular views offered at higher altitudes.

GEOCON is also looking to create its own rooftop spaces, with plans to include a Sky Deck at its Section 200 precinct in Belconnen, which will provide unrivalled panoramic views of Belconnen and Lake Ginninderra.

As Melbourne is arguably the rooftop capital of Australia, we’ve collated a list of the coolest rooftop spaces in the city as a source of inspiration for what might soon be available in one of Canberra’s up and coming suburbs.

Rooftop Bar and Cinema, CBD

Bar by day, cinema by night. This is one of Melbourne’s most popular venues where people can relax under a shaded umbrella throughout the day and watch movies at night among the stars and city lights. www.rooftopcinema.com.au

Loop Roof, CBD

A cocktail bar featuring both open air and undercover sections with a retractable awning system to create a comfortable experience for guests in all seasons and weather conditions. The design features a unique garden setting and blue and sulphur crested balls that double as lights. www.looprooftopbar.com.au

Eureka Skydeck, CBD

The tallest building in Melbourne and second tallest in Australia only to the Q1 in Gold Coast, the Eureka Skydeck is a popular tourist attraction offering unrivalled 360 degree views of the city. www.eurekaskydeck.com.au

Pop Up Patch, Federation Square

The rooftop of the Federation Square car park is now a thriving veggie garden thanks to Little Veggie Patch Co. There are more than 140 do-it-yourself veggie plots which are leased to the public, events and demonstrations, while local restaurants also use the space to grow their own fresh ingredients. www.fedsquare.com/shopvisit/pop-up-patch

Adelphi, CBD (pictured)

Adelphi is renowned for its rooftop pool deck, which will be undergoing a revamp later in 2016. The pool is available for hire for functions catering to 20-70 people, but can also be visited by the public for a fee. www.adelphi.com.au

St Jerome’s the Hotel, CBD

Probably one of the most creative uses of a rooftop we’ve seen – glamping! Book a tent on the roof of the hotel for a unique luxury accommodation experience that combines the love for the outdoors with picturesque views of the Melbourne skyline. www.stjeromesthehotel.com.au

Easeys, Collingwood

Renowned for its burgers, which you get to eat inside a train carriage on a rooftop. Easeys found a clever way to incorporate a piece of Melbournian history into its restaurant and create a point of difference. www.easeys.com.au

Madame Brussels, CBD

A high tea themed and seemingly Alice in Wonderland inspired grassy garden that connects to an outdoor terrace. www.madamebrussels.com

Naked in the Sky, Fitzroy

An open terrace bar that spans 15 metres, lounge and restaurant serving small plates and tapas, with a side of incredible city views. www.nakedforsatan.com.au/naked-in-the-sky

Captain Baxter, St Kilda

An elevated deck lounge with stunning views of St Kilda beach that makes for an ideal summer escape. www.captainbaxter.com.au

 

GEOCON General Manager – Development, Peter Micalos said the company was excited about the prospects of using rooftop spaces in future projects.

“Why have a slab of concrete when you can transform a roof into a destination where people can enjoy the views, host events or dine out with friends and family,” he said.

“The proposed observatory deck at our Section 200 project for example will become a go-to community and tourist destination and we are really excited about the opportunity to bring something special to Belconnen.

“If you have any ideas about what you would love to see on the rooftop please feel free to let us know.”

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