5 Ideas For The Ultimate Yarra River Staycation

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5 Ideas For The Ultimate Yarra River Staycation

The Yarra River has a total length of approximately 226 km and flows from the Australian Alps to Port Phillip Bay. It is one of Melbourne’s major water sources and also provides hydroelectric power. Several recreational activities can be enjoyed along the river, including boat cruises, fishing, kayaking, swimming and cycling. The Yarra River is also home to a variety of native wildlife, including birds, fish, kangaroos and wallabies. It’s a popular place for staycations, and it’s not hard to see why.

So, if you are thinking of a staycation around Yarra River, here are 5 fantastic nearby attractions for you to enjoy.


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Royal Botanic Gardens

While staying in inner-city suburbs like Richmond one option would be to head into the Royal Botanical Gardens which offers something unique – it contains both native plants as well as exotic species from around the world! You can take your pick of gardens to explore or you could even get on the famous boat cruise which takes families down the Yarra River.

Moomba Festival

Another option for an outdoor day out is Moomba, Melbourne’s biggest free community festival which takes place each March. You’ll find all sorts of activities at this event, including show rides, food stalls, and funfairs. There are also plenty of live performances throughout its duration, so it should keep everyone entertained. On top of this, you will have a chance to see some iconic Australian wildlife like pelicans, birds, and lizards – just remember that if something bites then don’t let them near anyone else in your family!

Vintage River Boat Cruise

During summertime, a popular activity is to take a vintage river cruise and enjoy the Yarra River (or any of Melbourne’s waterways for that matter) from another perspective. This can be relaxing as well as educational, plus it is great fun if you want an alternative way of spending your holiday with children or grandchildren!


The Royal Botanic Gardens are not all about flowers – there are also some lovely bushwalks through nearby parks which might make catching sight of native animals like kangaroos quite exciting! There are plenty more trails including Toorak Park in South Yarra where you may discover something unexpected.

Herring Island

If you’re looking for a spot to picnic then consider taking a trip to Herring Island which is situated in the middle of the Yarra River. This place is especially lovely during springtime when all the native flowers are in bloom and it’s definitely worth checking out if you want a different perspective on Melbourne from what you would see while travelling around by car or public transport. There’s also an art gallery located on the island so make sure you take some time to explore!

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