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Holidays in Yarra Riverfront

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Centuries ago, settlers developed Melbourne around this river. Today it is the heart of the city with bars, shops and restaurants lining its banks.

The picturesque Yarra River is the focal point around which Melbourne flourishes. Enjoy the river's beaches, try out a watersport or take a boat tour to one of the scenic islands.

Go shopping at the Southgate complex which is situated along the river’s banks. Find upmarket shops, entertainment and restaurants here. Climb aboard a boat at Southgate or Princes Walk for a trip down the river.

To the east, you’ll find a more rural setting. Take a stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens and stop at one of the many picnic and barbecue facilities. Visit Herring Island Park in the summer months by taking a Parks Victoria ferry and walk around the sculpture parks. This area is remarkably tranquil considering it is in the center of a busy city. Take photos of the Melbourne skyline at sunset.

Cycle along any of the many cycling routes or go kayaking along the waterways. Swim at one of the river’s many beaches, manned by lifesavers in the summer months.

If you are brave enough, take a dip during the chilly winter months. If that seems a bit too cold, visit one of the numerous heated pools and centers. The annual Moomba Festival celebrates the cultural significance of the Yarra River to Melbourne. It takes place over Labor Day weekend on the first Friday of March. Head to the river then for firework displays and live music.

Before the arrival of Europeans, the river was used as a main meeting point for the indigenous people of Australia. As Europeans began to settle, they forced the indigenous population away from the river and gradually the city was built along the banks.

The river runs from the Yarra Ranges down through the center of Melbourne and into Hobsons Bay. The main attractions around it are focused within a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) section but parks and recreational attractions spread out for miles along its banks.

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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
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The price is AU$94 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,964 reviews)
"Clean neat and tidy . Staff were pleasant"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$115 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (5,983 reviews)
"Check in itself was a nightmare Was not advised that the restaurant was closed even though I paid for breakfast Had to ask myself before staff member even mentioned this Automatic door to the ramp was locked so person with walker could not enter the lobby without someone else that had to scan her ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$149 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Flinders Lane and Yarra Riverfront. SEA LIFE ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,571 reviews)
"The TV remote was old and you could not even read it. The shower took a while to warm up. The door to our bedroom came off the railing."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
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Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$73 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$115 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$149 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$94 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$77 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Docklands, VIC
The price is AU$199 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
707/534 Flinders st, (Enter via 7 Katherine Pl), Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$85 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
The price is AU$119 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
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W Melbourne
5 out of 5
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$339 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
W Melbourne
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