Melbourne's lower Yarra River is the city's tourism and recreation heart. It hums with activity, on land and water. River boats link the vibrancy of Federation Square, Southgate and Crown. Outstanding dining and shopping opportunities blend with museums, leading galleries, an aquarium, concert halls and theatres to create one of the most diverse visitor precincts in the country.
Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award-winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with our Indigenous guides and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Arts Walk and Guide
A 60-90 minute self-guided walking tour of the Precinct's array of arts and cultural institutions, including public art installations. Includes: the Arts Centre, Victorian College of the Arts, The Malthouse Theatre, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Download guide here
Precinct Walk and Podcast
You're invited to put on your walking shoes and discover the river's fascinating history and attractions with our Walking Tour Podcast. Discover the Riverside parks, the cycling tracks, historic rowing sheds & beautiful gardens, the great restaurants, shopping and 24/7 entertainment. The Walking Tour begins at Federation Square and will take between one hour and two hours to complete.
Transforming the Yarra
A multi-media walking tour celebrating the development of the Yarra River Precinct since the 1980s from a post-industrial wasteland into the centre of Melbourne's public life is available as a free iPhone app' from the Apple iTunes store. The tour takes 25-30 minutes of continuous walking, between Federation Square to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Wharf. Audio files are also on this website under the History tab. iPhone App here.
Aboriginal Heritage Walk Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award-winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with our Indigenous guides and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine.
(03) 9252 2429 (booking essential)
Tuesdays to Fridays and first Sunday of each month 11am -12.30pm $25 adult $21 concession $10 child (6 –17yrs)
Royal Botanic Gardens Discovery Walk
Discover the secrets and beauty of one of the world's great botanic gardens with a trained guide. The gardens cover 36 hectares and feature 10,000 different species from every part of the globe.
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens
Bookings not required
(03) 9252 2429
Tuesdays to Sundays
11am and 2pm
(bookings not required)
Meet at Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate
Sports Walk and Guide
A 90-120 minute self-guided walking tour of the Precinct's many famous sporting venues and museums, including Melbourne Park,
Olympic Park, AAMI Park, the MCG and the National Sports Museum.