Lined with parks, gardens, eateries, bars and arts spaces, Melbourne’s Yarra River is undisputedly the city’s main artery.
The striking design of Federation Square looms over the Yarra River. More than just a public space, it’s the city’s creative hub, boasting Australian art par excellence at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and homages to film and TV at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Bars and restaurants pepper the square, where street performers entertain crowds on weekends. The Melbourne Visitor Centre is based at Federation Square.
More art can be found on the other side of the river from Federation Square, at NGV International and the Arts Centre and deeper into the city’s Arts Precinct.
The Southgate strip and Crown Entertainment Complex dominate the river’s south bank, just across from Flinders Street Station. Join the throngs dining al fresco under city lights, enjoying river views from the tantalising array of cafes and restaurants. Crown is home to high-end restaurant by famed chefs, international boutiques, luxury accommodation, hip bars and great views.
Back on the north bank of the Yarra River are the Aboriginal rock carvings in Birrarung Marr, where there is also a playground and children’s art space.
At any time of day or night the Yarra River and its banks are bustling with runners, rowers and cyclists, as well as picnickers and photographers capturing quintessentially Melbourne vistas.
The Yarra area is a local government area (LGA) in Victoria. This area is home to 11 locations and/or suburbs which you can explore in more detail by selecting from the list below. The Yarra area is located approximately 3kms from the capital Melbourne.
If you are planning a visit to this area we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one ofthe buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know the area and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.