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Cruising along the Yarra River
Explore the Docklands precinct and follow the Yarra River to vibrant South Wharf and Southbank in this waterfront itinerary.​​


Ride the free City Circle Tram to Docklands, the new face of central Melbourne. Start your exploration at The District Docklands, where you can get the lowdown on what's on offer at the Tourism Lounge. Strap on skates at O'Brien Icehouse or go outlet shopping for bargains. Pass boats bobbing in the marina on a walk along NewQuay Promenade, or feel the excitement of an AFL match on a behind-the-scenes tour of Marvel Stadium.


You'll have noticed the cutting-edge public art on your wander through Docklands, from the Cow up a Tree on the Harbour Esplanade to the Blowhole in Docklands Park, where even the kids' playground has an art theme. Feeling hungry? Settle into the Woolshed Pub bistro and drink in those Victoria Harbour views with your craft ale and fine gastro pub fare.


Spend the afternoon following the north or south bank of the Yarra River. Take the northern route to pay homage to Melbourne's Indigenous people at Enterprize Park, feed the fish at Melbourne Aquarium or be captivated by the poignant exhibits at the Immigration Museum. Choose the Yarra's southern bank to step aboard the historic Polly Woodside ship or run the gamut of shops, cafes and restaurants lining the South Wharf and Southbank promenades. For the ultimate overview, get yourself up to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower – rise to the challenge and step out onto the glass-bottom Edge of Skydeck 88 if you dare!


Enjoy drinks and appetisers in a heritage cargo shed at South Wharf and choose from a world of cuisines for dinner. Catch the hourly Gas Brigade fireball displays at Crown Melbourne and complete your riverside stroll at Arts Centre Melbourne's revamped Hamer Hall, showcasing music from local and internationally renowned orchestras. Or wander over to Docklands for a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and experience a 360-degree view of Melbourne's vibrant cityscape.

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