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Best trails in Yarra Bend Park, Victoria, Australia

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Explore the most popular trails in Yarra Bend Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Yarra Bend Park is located 4km northeast of Melbourne's CBD on Wurundjeri land and is the largest in-tact natural bushland reserve within inner Melbourne. The park features a 12km section of the meandering Yarra River, with vibrant riverine ecosystems along the banks and lush native bushlands with over 320 Indigenous plants recorded in the park, with over 100 species classified to be of local, regional or state significance. The park is ideal for picnicking, walking, track or trail running, gravel or mountain biking and paddling (there are kayaks and canoes available for hire at both the Fairfield boathouse and Studley Park boathouse). There are bridges to cross the river which are also great vantage points to take in the peaceful oasis.

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Map of trails in Yarra Bend Park, Victoria, Australia
Park information
Acreage:
642 acres
Contact
13 19 63
Top trails (4)
#1 - Yarra Bend Park Loop
Yarra Bend Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
About 12km of the Yarra River meander through Yarra Bend Park, located just 4km northeast of Melbourne's CBD on Wurundjeri land, the reserve has the largest natural bushland still in-tact within inner Melbourne. The Yarra River is elemental to the identity of Wurundjeri people of Melbourne/Naarm who are the Traditional Custodians of the land where the Yarra River runs. The Yarra River was, and continues to be, a serene path for Dreaming, a life source for healthy communities, and a meeting place for all. If you're after a place to escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, this trail is for you. Along the banks fo the Yarra you can fully immerse in nature with native bushland and wildlife including but of course not limited to rainbow lorikeets, red-rumped parrots and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, water rats and brush-tail and ringtail possums. There are also some great viewing areas for the dusk migrations of bat populations. The trail at some points can be uneven and muddy, so be prepared with good footwear.Show more
#2 - Flying-Fox Walk
Yarra Bend Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
A hidden serene trail just outside of Melbourne's CBD in Yarra Bend Park where you can see thousands of Melbourne's nocturnal Grey-headed flying foxes hanging on the tree branches before their dusk migration. The species is listed as a vulnerable species and there are harsh penalties that apple for harming their habitat, so take care in the area and tread lightly.Show more
#3 - Wurundjeri Spur Lookout Loop
Yarra Bend Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
A mix of bush trails and glimpses of the urban Melbourne skyline. Follow the relatively well defined walking and mountain biking tracks for most of the way. You'll get nice views of the Fairfield Boat House, Yarra River, CBD and see some of the fruit bat colonies too. Show more
#4 - The Yarra Boulevard
Yarra Bend Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m