Walk the Yarra

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Itineraries -

Get in touch with na­ture just out­side the CBD with a wan­der along the river.

Start at the Loop Pic­nic Ground, on Yarra Bend

Road, and fol­low the Dights Falls Trail, which passes the site of the for­mer

Yarra Bend Lu­natic Asy­lum and its well es­tab­lished gar­dens. There are some great views along the way, but don’t for­get to look up to spy black cock­a­toos, sa­cred king­fish­ers and rain­bow lori­keets.

About 800 me­tres past Dights Falls, you’ll come to his­toric Ab­bots­ford Con­vent, a great place to stop for a cof­fee and pas­try at Con­vent Bak­ery. While you’re there, check out some of the art gal­leries on site.

The walk­ing trail fin­ishes at Gipps Street, where you can stroll down Ni­chol­son Street and on to Rich­mond’s Vic­to­ria Street, the heart of Mel­bourne’s Viet­namese com­mu­nity. Re­fuel at nearby Pho Hung Vuong 2, a lowkey eatery that serves an ex­cel­lent noo­dle soup.

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