Address: Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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Board one of the many river craft at Southgate or Princes Walk or travel along the Yarra in your own boat to visit attractions such as Melbourne Park for the Australian Tennis Open, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Herring Island Park. The Yarra River is now the undisputed social heart of marvellous Melbourne.
A Melbourne icon, the river is the focus for numerous spectacular events including the famous Moomba festival, rowing regattas, the Melbourne Festival and Dragon Boat Festivals.
The Yarra River offers a multitude of picturesque settings. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jettys. In addition, there are trails and paths which cater for cyclists, walkers and joggers.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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Gain easy access to the Yarra River from either of the two main city railway stations - Spencer Street or Flinders Street - and stroll along its grassy banks. Or try walking or riding the Main Yarra Trail which follows the course of the river for 33 km.
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Things to do
Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park Accessible only by boat, Herring Island is the only substantial island in the Yarra River. Explore the wonders of the Sculpture Trail created by artists using materials harmonious with the bush setting. Discover the natural colours and textures of the vegetation and listen and watch for the abundant and varied birdlife. Como House and Como Park Como Park ground were once part of the magnificent gardens surrounding the elegant Como House. The Park today leads visitors from the river towards the historic mansion. Dights Falls and Mill A weir was built at Dights Falls on a natural rock bar in the early 1840s to supply water to the recently restored historic Dights Flour Mill. Yarra Bend Park Yarra Bend Park offers visitors a unique combination of natural features and European settlement. Steep rocky outcrops and 235 ha of native vegetation wrap around the river.
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