Waterfront or Rooftop? Here are Our Picks of Australia’s Hot Spots!

The temperature may have dialed down a notch but Autumn still delivers some beautiful warm sunny days. It’s actually the perfect time to enjoy a great meal, have a quiet drink and chill out with friends, enjoying an amazing sea or rooftop view without the humidity and intense sun that comes with Summer.


From the most blissful waterfront eateries to the hippest rooftops, here are our picks of the best thriving venues across the country!



These six waterfront eateries are world-beaters, combining views to die for, a relaxing refuge and the comforts you’d expect from a world-class waterfront bar. Australia – we really are one lucky country!


Catalina, Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW

Feel like super fresh seafood while enjoying panoramic views of the Harbour?

Perched on the edge of the water in Sydney’s Rose Bay, the Catalina dining room offers unobstructed harbour views coupled with exceptional food. Dishes on the seafood-inspired Modern Australian menu are beautifully cooked and presented, just sit back and watch the sea planes take off and land on the water all afternoon.


Pontoon, St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, VIC

Fine dining upstairs at Stokehouse or relaxed beach vibes downstairs, talk about spoilt for choice! With idyllic views overlooking St Kilda beach and the ocean, get amongst the seaside at Pontoon. Families treat their kids to pizza and hot chips; groups of mates enjoy a few beers; couples share small plates and a bottle of wine.


Hellenika at The Calile, Brisbane, QLD

A novel reimagining of poolside casual dining, Hellenika at The Calile offers seven chic waterfront cabanas. Each fits eight to ten diners, which is just as well, as you’ll need help getting through oodles of lobster pate, salty pork belly and dolmades. Brisbane’s sister to the best Greek restaurant on the Gold Coast does it in style!


Portsea Pub, Portsea, VIC

Only 1.5 hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, Portsea Hotel will quickly make you feel like you’re on holidays. Portsea Hotel located on the Port Phillip Bay Coastline is the most picturesque hotel on the Mornington Peninsula opening December 2018. Established in 1876, the newly renovated Portsea Hotel is an ideal place for a peaceful stay, dining by the bay, a beautiful wedding or a relaxing afternoon in the beer garden.


Seasalt Henley’s Beach, Adelaide, SA

Located 10 kilometres west of Adelaide, Seasalt is the perfect location to sit back, relax and enjoy the best of summer grazing. Bench seating, a patio location, beach umbrellas and a party lights make SeaSalt a perfect place to relax the afternoon away feasting on Singaporean chilli fish wings, sardine “Bolognese” on spätzle, Ortiz anchovy soldiers and smoked eel croquettes as you enjoy sublime views of the enchanting St. Vincent Gulf.




As is the case with waterfront eateries, the competition amongst Australia’s rooftop restaurants is red hot. A heady mix of altitude and views make for a compelling dining experience for those who enjoy having a meal and drink with a sky-high view.


QT Rooftop, Melbourne, VIC

It’s tough but sifting through the many amazing rooftop venues in Melbourne, but Rooftop at QT definitely demands attention. Located on the rooftop of designer hotel QT right in the heart of the city, you’ll get uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s city skyline from the large rooftop terrace. Offering both indoor lounge and open-air terrace, you can enjoy tasty bar bites and curated cocktails. A sophisticated yet relaxed ambience, lock in a visit with friends STAT!


Ivy Pool Club, Sydney, NSW

If there’s just one Sydney rooftop you make it to, it has to be Maryvale’s Ivy Pool Club! A rooftop oasis inspired by the Italian coastline. Pool Club is the place to meet, eat, drink and put your feet up. Just choose the time of day to arrive to get the vibe you want. If you’re up for fun, weekends are the prime time with local and international DJs setting the tone. Dip your feet in the pool and savour that moment.


2KW, Adelaide, SA

A fast-rising icon of Adelaide’s food scene 2KW is setting a new benchmark in the old Westpac building 8 floors above the corner of King William St and North Terrace. Allow yourself to be tempted by Blue Swimmer crab crumpet or the Port Lincoln sardines escabeche. For mains, it’s a struggle to get past the South Australian saltbush lamb shoulder or the Mayura Station Wagyu rump 9+.


The Conservatory Rooftop Bar, Perth, WA

The Conservatory enjoys its well-earned status as one of Perth’s most modern oasis of tranquillity. Here you are plunged into magical views of the Perth’s skyline. The roof terrace is a slick neon-illuminated bar decorated with artificial turf. It features a retractable roof if showers threaten and views of Perth that are to die for.


Sweetwater, Freemantle, WA

Since its launch, Sweetwater has added a little zing to the Freo dining scene through its casual sun-kissed garden rooftop setting. Its Asian-inspired dishes pack quite the punch, thanks to their diverse flavours driven by seasonal produce and an absolute focus on substance.



Whether you prefer a dreamy waterfront setting or high-in-the-sky fun vibe there’s a heavenly venue that perfectly matches your mood. Regardless of which you prefer, just remember to always protect your skin with Carroten’s extensive range of sunscreen milks, sprays and creams when outdoors all year round.