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On the waterfront walk

Restaurants along Melbourne's waterfront
Take a walk along the north and south banks of the Yarra River to discover life on Melbourne's waterfront.

Walking time: 2 hours
Distance: 4.75 km ​​​​​​

Melbourne's waterfront features spectacular bridges, sculptures and landmarks.​​ On this walk you'll discover the city's Aboriginal cultural heritage, Southbank Promenade, the Melbourne Aquarium and the impressive Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Skip to the waterfront walk map.

Download the walk in English (PDF 476KB) or Chinese 中文 (PDF 1MB).

Sights on this walk

1. Federation Square
Federation Square is a centre of cultural activity for Melbourne, bringing together several creative institutions, cafes and bars.

2. Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street is Melbourne's iconic central railway station and a favourite meeting place for locals.

3. Princes Bridge
There have been three bridges on this site, each larger than the last. The first was built of timber and named after the Prince of Wales in 1845.

4. Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens is a great entry point to the waterfront and a good vantage point for looking up at Princes Bridge.

5. ‘Dervish’
This giant steel sculpture is the work of Melbourne-born artist Clement Meadmore. It has a current market value of around $500,000.

6. Southbank Promenade
This lively riverside area is packed with restaurants, bars and street performers. It's also a great launching place for a scenic river cruise.

7. Evan Walker Bridge
This bridge marks the spot where a creek once flowed. Today the creek is covered by Elizabeth Street, though it still flows underground.

8. Flinders Walk
Running alongside Flinders Street Station, this stretch of waterfront is now home to Arbory Bar and Eatery.

9. Sandridge Railway Bridge
This historic railway bridge is now a pedestrian thoroughfare featuring public artwork.

10. Queen’s Bridge
In 1910, Houdini dove into the river from this bridge, locked in chains. After 25 seconds, he came up laughing.

11. Enterprize Wharf
In 1835 the tall ship ‘Enterprize’ landed here with the intention to create a settlement.

12. Constellation
Five carved figureheads titled 'Constellation' evoke the spirit of the tall ships that arrived here in the mid-19th century.

13. Immigration Museum
The site of the Immigration Museum was originally the site of port facilities, as well as bond stores and Customs House.

14. Enterprize Park
Enterprize Park is the site of the ‘Scar Project’, constructed by Aboriginal Artists using original wharf poles from Queens Bridge.

15. Melbourne Aquarium
The popular Melbourne Aquarium features a breathtaking underwater wonderland.

16. Batman Park
Established in 1982, Batman Park is named after one of Melbourne's founding fathers, John Batman.

17. Spencer Street Footbridge
This modern addition to the Spencer Street Bridge was completed in 1998 by award-winning architect Peter Elliot.

18. South Wharf
The lovingly restored heritage cargo sheds of South Wharf are now home to cafes and restaurants with beautiful waterside views.

19. Dukes and Orrs docks
This large dock, completed in 1875, was a key part of Melbourne's ship building and repair industry.

20. Polly Woodside
Launched in 1885, the Polly Woodside is a historic tall ship that now operates as a museum.

21. Seafarers Bridge
Seafrer's bridge is a gateway to Docklands, where you'll find outdoor art, restaurants and bars, and parks and gardens.

22. Webb Bridge
A snaking pedestrian and cycle link between the Southbank promenade at Yarra’s Edge and the Docklands.

23. South Wharf
Experience world-class shopping and dining along the waterfront at South Wharf.

24. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
The first ‘6 Star Green Star’ convention centre in the world, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a technological marvel, providing spectacular views of the city.

Take a leisurely stroll along the river as you walk back to Federation Square.

Map of the Melbourne waterfront walk

map of the Melbourne waterfront walk

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