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Birrarung Marr Park

Inspired by the Woiwurrung word for the Yarra River, this inner-city parkland celebrates Aboriginal cultural heritage, native flora and thought-provoking sculptures.

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.


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