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

You can’t miss the striking visage of Deborah Halpern’s mosaic sculpture at Southbank.
People walking along the pedestrian thoroughfare in front of Southgate shopping centre and restaurants.

2. Southgate Precinct

Enjoy three levels of restaurants and boutique shopping alongside the Yarra River.

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

3. Evan Walker Bridge

This pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River links Southgate with Flinders Street Station.
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

On Evan Walker Bridge, keep your eyes peeled for a hidden stairway down to this bar and restaurant.

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

5. Arbory Bar and Eatery

Enjoy uninterrupted river frontage at this hotspot bar and eatery next to Flinders Street Station.

The brightly lit entrance to Sandridge Bridge by night.

6. Sandridge Bridge

This former railway bridge is a pedestrian thoroughfare between Flinders Street and Southbank.

7. Banana Alley Vaults

These historic buildings were used to store and ripen fruit in the late nineteenth century.

8. The Falls

Under Queen's Bridge was once a waterfall, where people used to cross the river.
Aboriginal art installation using original wharf poles at Enterprize Park.

9. Enterprize Park

This park is named after the ship Enterprize, which moored near here in 1835.

People sitting under the tall figureheads of the Constellation artwork.

10. Constellation

This artwork of figureheads on Enterprize Wharf depict a dragon, a woman, a bird, a man and a lion.
Carved and decorated trees, as part of the Scar artwork.

11. Scar – A Stolen Vision

This artwork, located in Enterprize Park, is made from 30 recycled pier posts.

12. Yarra Turning Basin

A place for ships to turn after unloading, the basin was widened and deepened in 1879.
People standing at a white table and chairs surrounded by colourful walls and colourful ceiling hangings above.

13. Immigration Museum

Formerly Customs House, this museum is the place to explore Australia’s migrant history.

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

14. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Inside the aquarium you'll find a myriad of close up encounters with underwater creatures.

Trees and Yarra River at Batman Park.

15. Batman Park

Shady eucalypts adorn this park, established in 1982 and named after Melbourne pioneer John Batman.

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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