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Southbank is an inner city suburb in Melbourne located on the opposite side of the Yarra River from Melbourne's CBD. Once an industrial area, Southbank has been transformed into an area of high-rise office buildings and apartment blocks. Eureka Tower is the tallest residential tower in Australia at 91 floors and was the world'stallest until it was surpassed in 2010. Southbank today is considered part of Melbourne's CBD as many head offices for large companies are located here.
The suburb has one main area along St Kilda Road that has older heritage buildings including the Victorian Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts campus, Victoria Barracks, and the Malthouse Theatre. There are other smaller pockets of heritage buildings in Southbank, otherwise most other buildings date from the 1990s onward.
Crown Casino in Southbank is the largest casino in Australia. Within the casino complex are hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatre, and of course a casino. Crown Casino is famous for its spectacular outdoor gas flame towers that explode with a fire show every hour between 9 to midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 8 to midnight on Friday and Saturday.