Herring Island

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Herring Island

Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park is a small 3.2ha artificial island located in Melbourne's Yarra River at South Yarra, approximately 3kms from the city centre.

Accessible by a punt service on weekends and public holidays from January to Easter, you can catch the punt across from Como Landing and enjoy a day out at the quaint picnic area and take a stroll around the Herring Island Environmental Sculptures.

The punt usually operates from the first weekend of January until the Easter long weekend (Easter Monday included). This is also a great time to attend the Summer Arts Festival on the island.

Alternatively, you can also make your own way there in a boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and explore the island. Private charter vessels also provide transport options to the island.

The old scout hall was renovated to form the Herring Island Hall and Gallery. Open for the summer arts festival, the building is also available for functions, exhibitions and meetings.

The island is a modified landscape created when the Yarra River was straightened in the 1920s to reduce flood damage from the surrounding suburbs. It is now a nature and art lovers paradise alike.

Things To Do

 
A sculpture in Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park

Environmental Sculpture Park

The western end of the island is the conservation area where there are a number of sculptures including 'Cairn' by British Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy created for the Melbourne Festival in 1997. Another sculpture by Goldsworthy called 'Stone House' created for the same festival also features on the island.
Three adults walk on a path alongside the Yarra River in Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park

Barbecuing and picnicking at Herring Island

The island is divided into two main areas. At the eastern end near the jetty, you will find the grassy Picnic Area which contains free electric barbecues, picnic shelters and toilet facilities. Bring along a picnic and make a day out of your visit with family and friends.
Two friends admire a sculpture in Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park

Herring Island Sculpture Trail

Explore native flora, fauna and environmental sculptures along the Herring Island Sculpture Trail as it loops the island. Herring Island is home to a series of environmental sculptures, all scattered throughout the park.

 

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How to get there

Herring Island

Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park is accessible by boat, kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard.

On weekends and public holidays in the summertime, catch the punt across from Como Landing from the first weekend of January until the Easter long weekend (Easter Monday included).

When to go

Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, meander along the sculpture trail and keep your eyes peeled for the local animals taking shade under the trees.

Need to know

Herring Island

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Shallow waters - Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park

    The Herring Island meander on the Yarra River has reduced water depth as a result of built up sediments.  Please ensure that you navigate this area with caution as certain sections have encroached into the main section of the river (near Como and Wesley Rowing landing).

    Further updates and changes to conditions will be provided as needed. 

    Notice to river users - river closures, works, and events

    As Waterway Manager under the Marine Safety Act 2010 Parks Victoria wishes to advise these waterway closures and activities (PDF) on the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Victoria Harbour.

    Attachments: NTRU October 20 (337KB)

    Notice to river users - river closures, works, and events

    As Waterway Manager under the Marine Safety Act 2010 Parks Victoria wishes to advise these waterway closures and activities (PDF) on the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Victoria Harbour.

    Attachments: NTRU October 20 (337KB)

    Notice to river users - river closures, works, and events

    As Waterway Manager under the Marine Safety Act 2010 Parks Victoria wishes to advise these waterway closures and activities (PDF) on the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Victoria Harbour.

    Attachments: NTRU October 20 (337KB)

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