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Stroll along the banks of the Yarra River in Birrarung Marr Park, a modern park with an ancient history. With its riverside promenade, shady native foliage and architectural terraces, the 20-acre (8-hectare) parkland is a popular place for festivals and city events. Birrarung is the local name for the river in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people and translates to “Place of Mists and Shadows,” while Marr means “riverbank.” Wander through the park and find its scattered public artworks or experience the exciting atmosphere during one of the park’s regular events.
The park is comprised of a series of open spaces linked by terraced pathways and sculpted gardens. Walk along the riverfront and take in views of Princes Bridge, which dates back to 1850. The lower terrace here has a sandy bank and an avenue of elm trees. This riverbank forms part of the Wurundjeri’s traditional lands and a series of artworks, Birrarung Wilam, reflect their cultural heritage. See a semicircle of metal shields, which represent the broader Kulin Nation’s five groups.
Make your way up to the middle terrace to find open areas used for events and festivals. Food festivals, music concerts and community events are regularly held here. Check out the upper terrace to enjoy views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the tall spire of the Arts Centre.
If you’re visiting with kids, check out the ArtPlay children’s gallery and activity center, which also has a playground. Other highlights include the Federation Bells, which chime three times every day, and Deborah Halpern’s Angel sculpture. Walk across the pedestrianized William Barak Bridge that leads to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Birrarung Marr Park is located directly southeast of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is situated between Federation Square and the Rod Laver Arena. Reach the park on foot via the Yarra River Trail and the Capital City Trail or take advantage of the easy tram and train access. The park is open daily for free.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Marvel Stadium, and Melbourne Central. Queen Victoria Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Central. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Flinders Lane. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is 5 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Collins Street and Princess Theatre. Her Majesty's Theatre and St. Vincent's Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 14 minutes.
This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on a river, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, DFO South Wharf, and Festival Hall. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and The District Docklands are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 13 minutes by foot and North Melbourne Station is 21 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.