Melbourne Rivers

During aboriginal settlement, the rivers in Melbourne were an essential part of daily life. The natives not only used these water bodies for transport, but also for irrigation, fishing and drinking.

The Yarra River is the most popular river in Melbourne and is the prime location for various water activities, festivals and multicultural events. The Yarra is also one of the longest rivers in the country, and you wouldn’t think it just by looking at it, the river is quite clean – even though it’s sepia in color. Studies show that this river played a vital role in shaping the economy and development of Melbourne.

Best Rivers & Waterways in Melbourne

The early settlers in east-central Victoria named the river ‘Birr-arrung-Murr’, an aboriginal word derived from the native language. Based on many historical facts, this river was the major food source for native settlements of Victoria. They also used the river as a meeting place. As the river never dries out during summer, native Australians called it ‘Birrarung’ or ever-flowing river. Wurudjeri colonies named this river ‘Yarro’ and the name, however, changed to Yarra over the course of time.

This river stretches from the mountain ranges to the city. The flora growth in the Yarra Ranges National Park was intensified by the rich soil nourished by the Yarra River.

Activities such as white river rafting, fishing and canoeing are some of the most popular activities along the Yarra River. Picnicking and sightseeing along the banks of the Yarra is also popular amongst visitors and locals.

Yarra River

Yarra River

The scenic Yarra River runs through some of the prime suburbs in Melbourne; beginning from its source in the Yarra Ranges and then flowing 242 kilometres west through the Yarra Valley...

Werribee River

Werribee River

Visiting the Werribee River is a great idea for all those who love nature and the outdoors. This scenic river through some of the beautiful scenic landscapes on the outskirts of Melbourne...

Maribyrnong River

Maribyrnong River

If you’re keen on taking in a bit of nature while in Melbourne, consider a visit to the picturesque Maribyrnong River. This popular river begins on the hilly slopes of Mount Macedon...

Albert Park Lake

Albert Park Lake

Located in the leafy and green suburb of Albert Park, you’ll find Albert Park Lake. This gorgeous and beautifully maintained lake is one of the Melbourne’s top rowing, walking and...