Known by the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people as the Birrarung, ‘river of mists’, Melbourne's waterfront is a vibrant mix of hospitality, arts and recreation.

From gold rush boom buildings to Gothic gargoyles and modernist art hubs, this walk will take you on a tour of the best of Melbourne's Yarra River attractions.

This walk is approximately 2km and takes around 1 hour.

1. Ophelia

People walking along the pedestrian thoroughfare in front of Southgate shopping centre and restaurants.

2. Southgate Precinct

Evan Walker Bridge lit up at night with the city in the background.

3. Evan Walker Bridge

Twilight view from Ponyfish Island Bar showing two men drinking at a table in the right foreground with other people seated in the background.

4. Ponyfish Island

People dining at Arbory Bar and Eatery, next to Flinders Street Station, beside the Yarra River.

5. Arbory Bar and Eatery

The brightly lit entrance to Sandridge Bridge by night.

6. Sandridge Bridge

7. Banana Alley Vaults

8. The Falls

Aboriginal art installation using original wharf poles at Enterprize Park.

9. Enterprize Park

People sitting under the tall figureheads of the Constellation artwork.

10. Constellation

Carved and decorated trees, as part of the Scar artwork.

11. Scar – A Stolen Vision

12. Yarra Turning Basin

People standing at a white table and chairs surrounded by colourful walls and colourful ceiling hangings above.

13. Immigration Museum

People in a glass tunnel looking at a large stingray swimming above them.

14. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Trees and Yarra River at Batman Park.

15. Batman Park

More to explore

Jump on Yarra River Cruises from Federation Wharf for a guided tour of Melbourne’s waterways or head for Melbourne City Marina in Docklands for harbour views.

On a Boat

You’ve walked along the Yarra, now try sailing up it in an easy to use (and quiet) electric hire boat.

South Wharf Promenade

Enjoy riverfront views while dining at restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.

Library at The Dock

Pull up a deckchair and take in the unique views of Melbourne's riverfront.

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