Yarra River
Yarra River
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The Yarra River’s journey begins on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and twists through the forested valleys of the Yarra Ranges and its quaint regional towns before concluding its journey on the muddy flats of Port Phillip Bay. Elemental to Melbourne’s identity, the Yarra River is one of Victoria’s iconic waterways. It has spiritual and cultural significance for Aboriginal communities. To the Wurundjeri people the river, known as Birrarung, was the life source and an important meeting place. And, to many locals, where happy memories of personal pilgrimages, peaceful summer evenings, and days exploring were made. Board one of the river cruises from Southbank to explore the lower reaches of the Yarra, follow the Capital City Trail on foot or bike, canoe or kayak all or part of its 240-kilometre expanse, or set up for a scenic sunset barbecue or picnic on the banks of the river.
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  • 466surenderm
    New Delhi, India141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice River surrounded by beautiful buildings.
    Yaara River has a pictorial view. There are very high rise buildings on the side of the river and eating outlets. Walking tracks are good. The Prince Bridge on the River was constructed in 1888. It is a very good place to enjoy the river and cruises.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic river has many twists and turns
    The Yarra River is a feature of Victoria that appeals to travelers. The Yarra rises in the Yarra Ranges and flows 242 km (150 miles) through central Victoria, including the scenic Yarra Valley, well known for its vineyards. In 1835, the first settlers landed at a place on the Yarra River near the City of Melbourne. The Yarra empties into Hobson's Bay, near the Port of Melbourne. The Yarra has many twists and turns, it's certainly interesting.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,635 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking Paths, Artwork, Cycling, Cruises & Dining…
    The Yarra is one of the most distinctive features of Melbourne, running through the CBD. For tourists, it offers a range of activities, including river cruises, waterside dining, long walks along the Southbank promenade, cycling paths and bike/scooter hire. We walked alongside the river each day to get to the Australian Open tennis competition. Whilst we didn’t get to explore a lot of the river, it was very pleasant walking beside it and even on a short stretch we saw interesting sculptures and indigenous artwork. The most striking of these was ‘Angel’, a giant, brightly coloured, Picasso-esque sculpture by Deborah Halpern in 1988. Don’t expect a sweet or cherubic angel. This is a strange, three-legged creature. With two heads and long extended necks, it looked more like a mutated dinosaur. On the centre of its body, is a bright yellow, demonic-looking angel. Standing at 10m tall and made of steel and concrete with 4000 hand painted mosaic tiles, it’s an imposing but fun figure.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 23, 2024
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    River cruise
    Took a river cruise with my wife, and enjoyed a tranquil guided tour along the Yarra River. Some great history and highlights of buildings and bridges along the river. Really enjoyable and amazing sights. If you don't want to cruise their are promenades each side for walking or cycling.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
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Rebecca R
Lyndoch, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Walking the Promenade at Southbank is so relaxing and pretty (especially at night). There is every type of cuisine to choose from if you are hungry and something for every budget. The music you can hear as you walk makes the area pleasant to be in and there are always one or two buskers doing a show. Great for families to romantic couples. It has a very safe and happy atmosphere. Night time is pretty as the city and promenade light up, but the day time has great views of the city and the gardens further along are lovely.
Great place to spend a few hours.
Written January 4, 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia27,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have hiked, walked, and cycled along many different stretches of the Birrarung (Yarra) River. It has many uses from bird watching, boating, picnics, BBQs, and just admiring the tranquility. Just East of the city is a good picnic area on each side of the river, but closer in it is bars, cafes, restaurants, and concrete. Choose well for what you want.
Written February 2, 2020
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CardiffMaddie
Cardiff, UK1,478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This river flows through the city of Melbourne and is a hive of activity. Along it's banks are many bars and restaurants. Well worth taking a stroll and getting some great views of Melbourne's skyline.
Written January 29, 2020
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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We enjoyed a great cruise down the Yarra River on the Duchess to Williamstown. The cruise took 2 hours return with the opportunity to get off and do some sightseeing at Williamstown.

The Yarra River is very exciting to experience especially seeing the newly developed urban dwellings sitting proudly on the rivers edge. I’ve visited Melbourne numerous times over many years and it’s delightful to see how the river has become the major focus for restaurants, cafe and nightlife.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thanks for sharing your experience at the Yarra River. A boat cruise is a fantastic way to take in all the sights. We hope to continue welcoming you back many more times! Thanks again, Parks Victoria.
Written March 18, 2020
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CathyGri
Newark-on-Trent, UK290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoyed a walk along the Yarra river taking in the lovely scenery. There were lots of university/school racing rowing boats practising on the river the day that we did our walk. From the riverside walk, we headed into the Botanical Gardens.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The Yarra River has changed substantially in the 40 years I have lived in Melbourne. When I first arrived, the Yarra was described s "the river that flows upside down." Now, while it's not perect, it's a lot cleaner. If you see the Yarra up-river at Heidi, it's a joy to behold Downriver, towards the City, the whole Southbank revamp has brought the City closer to the river. More pedestrian bridges, wuch as he Evan Walker Bridge, have made access the river more convenient. Evan Walker was the architect of Southbank. In recent years, Melbourne has made the most of a neglected asset.
Written June 4, 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to review Yarra River. We're loved to head that you find the river a joy to behold in parts! We're glad that you think the river has improved over the time you've lived in Melbourne. Thanks again, Parks Victoria
Written June 5, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Melbourne without the Yarra would be like London without the Thames. The Yarra River, for many years, was hardly majestic. The Yarra was described as "the river that flows upside down." Thanks to Melbourne Water, the river is much cleaner. And thanks to Evan Walker, the architect and parliamentarian, Southbank is now a centre for entertainment and the arts. The City of Melbourne was founded on the Yarra River in 1835. The river flows lazily for 242 km (150 miles) from Mt Baw Baw to Hobsons Bay, where it empties into Port Phillip. If you want to see the Yarra River as it once was, take a trip to Heidi Museum of Modern Art.
Written December 26, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
When I first came to Melbourne many years ago, the Yarra was known as "the River that Flows Upside Down,: It was very murky and full of industrial effluent. These days, the Yarra is a lot cleaner. You still wouldn't want to jump in, but it is now an asset to the city and taking a cruise on the river is a real pleasure. Southbank is now a busy entertainment district. In all, you can say the Yarra is a lot more inviting than it once was.
Written January 25, 2022
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Mimmo L
Melbourne, Australia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
I love Southbank and I've been living in this suburb since 2015. It's near the city but it's not in the city. Which makes it quiter and more enjoyable. I love walking by the water and watching all the performer in the afternoons and weekends. Very peaceful and everything is close.
Written January 9, 2020
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Jan B
Winter Park, CO152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Yarra River runs through the City and out to Port Phillip Bay. Enjoy walking, or Cruising this river on any of the River boat services or Dinner Cruises. A Great way to take in all the City sights from the River water way.
Written February 13, 2020
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