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Melbourne Yarra River Loop Walk

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published February 8th 2015
Quirky, Cultural & Heritage Melbourne by the Yarra
Yarra River and Southbank walkway

Explore the river by foot with an easy stroll around the banks of the River Yarra. Flinders Station with its heritage façade is your historic starting point.

Flinders Station
Flinders Station, Melbourne

Feel the hustle and bustle of this thriving city with Melbourne's iconic trams passing by under the spires of St Paul's Cathedral.

Melbourne trams
Melbourne trams

Contrast this with the quirky style of Federation Square which you pass on your left as you walk over the Princess Bridge whilst admiring the rowers huffing and puffing in the waters below.

Federation Square
Federation Square

The Melbourne Arts Centre and its towering spire greet you as you arrive at the southern side of the river. The Gallery of Victoria is adjacent with its ever changing exhibitions.

Melbourne Arts Centre
Melbourne Arts Centre

Take the steps past the Arts Centre down to Southbank and its bustling cafes and bars. Wander along the Promenade along with other walkers, cyclists and joggers. It's the perfect vantage point to take in Melbourne's city skyline.


Just a few hundred metres and your arrive at the Southbank pedestrian bridge with its distinctive curved architecture that will take you back to the city side. Stop mid-way for a drink or a coffee at the unique Ponyfish 'island' bar under the bridge and in the middle of the Yarra. It's a perfect spot to take in the evening dusk and admire the flotilla of boats, cruises and rowers maximizing use of this great natural feature.

Ponyfish bar
Ponyfish bar

Follow the bridge over the Yarra passing the collection of padlocks giving it a very Parisian feel.

Paris in Melbourne

A short stroll east back towards and under Princess Street Bridge brings you to the arches alongside Federation Wharf with the Riverland Bar and its abundant range of beers, wine and refreshments to enjoy at any time of the day. It's a great place to end the day people and river watching.

Melbourne Riverland Bar
Riverland Bar - Image from website

Federation Square is atop the arches where you can join in the many al fresco entertainment activities, or simply return to your starting point of Flinders Station.

Visit the official Melbourne visitors website for all that is happening in this exciting city.
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Why? Melbourne river loop walk
When: All Year
Where: Flinders Station, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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A good description of the walk, well done
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I love the pictures! If I want to use one of them in a story that I am writing, do I need copyright permission?
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