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The Boathouses on the Yarra

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Published September 14th 2013
An early morning stroll along the banks of the river
Instead of walking along South Bank for a morning stroll, why not try walking along the Yarra in the opposite direction. There is a little stretch of boathouses that front onto a section of the "Capital City Trail" and back onto the "road" called Boathouse Drive, between The Prince's Bridge where the trail meets Alexander Ave.

Boatsheds Yarra
All the action in front of the boatsheds

On the weekend these boahouses are usually teeming with young people and possibly older people who are training and practising their rowing. It's a fascinating place to visit and see all the activity. Beware, however, there is a lot of traffic of all kinds, including coaches on bicycles riding along the river edge with load speakers hollering instructions as they keep up with the rowers, and then there is the leisure cyclists who weave through the boats to keep on going.

rowing Yarrra
Rowing on the Yarrra


There are also opportunities to do a few other things at the moment; the is Richmond Rowing Club is celebrating their 150th year and there is a small display in their boathouse upstairs

Yarra rowing
Sign advertising the display celebrating the 150 years of the Richmond Rowing Club

Several of the rowing clubs also offer rowing lessons for those who are interested - check out the Melbourne Rowing Club here for more on their classes.

Once you've done this little stretch of the Yarra consider walking along to the Swan Street Bridge, crossing it and then walking back to Federation Square, or alternatively perhaps moving on into Alexandra gardens.

Princes Bridge
Walking back to Southbank so that we can pass under the Princes Bridge


A lovely way to begin the day.
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Where: near the Princes Bridge on the Yarra in Melbourne
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