It is around the banks of the Yarra River that the capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne, was founded. Apart from providing 70% of clean drinking water to this city, read on to learn more interesting facts about this incredible waterway.
Exploring the River
If you’re in the city for a brief stint, Melbourne short stay apartments such as the Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is an excellent choice. While the river meanders through the city, Birrarung Marr and Domain Parklands are two riverfront parks from which you can admire and appreciate the Yarra River from within the city itself.
Where Does it Flow?
This life-giving river flows from the peaks of Mount Baw Baw tucked away in the Yarra Ranges National Park, all the way to Port Phillip Bay over 242 kilometres from its source. This river has been a major source of water, food and a place of gathering for indigenous communities for thousands of years, even before the city of Melbourne was founded.
Flora, Fauna and Wildlife
The Yarra River is a hotbed for diversity and is abundant with fish, birds, mammals and reptiles. It’s home to around one-third of the animal species found in the state of Victoria, including 190 species of birds and 38 species of mammals. From crocodiles to frogs, so many animals call this river their home.
Fun and Recreation
Throughout the length of this great river, there’s plenty of fun to be had in its waters and on the banks. From boating, rowing, kayaking to canoeing, there are also safe areas to also take a dip and splash about, and others in which to fish. Many also enjoy walking or jogging along the tracks and paths found along the banks.