Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

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Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Visitors could spend an hour or all day exploring the sites along the Yarra River or relaxing on the banks watching the boats and people of Melbourne go by. The Yarra River plays an important role in creating vibrancy and providing an accessible waterway for visitors and the local community.

It has particular spiritual and cultural significance for Aboriginal communities. To the Wurundjeri people the river, known as Birrarung, was the life source and an important meeting place.

The section of the river between Burnley and Dights Falls offers a far different experience then what the CBD end of the River offers. Visitors to this part of the river can expect a much quieter and relaxing experience. Access to this part of the river is by canoe and kayak, bike, car and foot. Powered vessels can not access this part of the river.

Dights Falls offers the opportunity for thrill seekers to try their hand at white water kayaking and canoeing.

Dights Falls was created by a basalt-boulder bar formed from cooled lava flows over the siltstone river valley. Below the falls the river is tidal; above, the water remains fresh.

There are trails on both sides on the river. There are many attractions located along the river including Yarra Bend Park, Collingwood Children’s farm, sporting facilities including rowing clubs and picnic and park areas.

How to get there

Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Need to know

Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash

Restrictions

  • Boating zones apply

Warnings

  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
    • Flash flooding
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Banana Alley Wharf- closed to all berthing

From 26 April 2022, Banana Alley timber wharf will be closed to ALL berthing. Essential commercial pick up/drop off will no longer be permitted. The timber wharf will be closed to all berthing ongoing. The wharf is undergoing construction activities and pedestrian access is restricted to authorised personnel only. Once works are completed, pedestrian access will be given to the landing. 

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

Herring Island Southern Landing - closed

Herring Island Southern landing is closed to berthing and pedestrian access for repair works.

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. 

Shallow Waters - River Channel Downstream of Charles Grimes Bridge

The channel immediately downstream of Charles Grimes Bridge in the vicinity of Yarra's Edge Marina has reduced water depth as a result of sediment build up. Minimum depth at low tide may be less than 2m. Large vessels should navigate the area with caution.

Lower Yarra River Maintenance Dredging - Impact on River Traffic at Princes Bridge

Maintenance dredging is conducted in the Lower Yarra River to ensure safe boating navigation and access. The current campaign under the Lower Yarra River Maintenance Dredging Program targets sites in the CBD and Docklands area. In August and September, Federation Wharf and Southgate Floating Landings will be dredged. During this time, river users should navigate with caution in the area around Princes Bridge. Please refer to attached River User Update for detailed information. 

Attachments: Edition 5_River User Update_ Impact River Use Princes Bridge Precinct Aug-Sep2022 (995KB)

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 August 17 (1,317KB)

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