Melbourne’s Best River Walks

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Melbourne Rivers

Melbourne has many more rivers than the Yarra, as this map shows. The best ones have well-made trails along at least one bank. In August 2009 three friends and I decided that once a year we would walk down a river in Melbourne. Our aim was to see sides of our home town that most locals never see.

That first year we caught the train to Eltham, then walked about eight hours along the Yarra River to Collingwood. Lunch was at Heidi Gallery. Afternoon tea at Fairfield Boathouse. What’s not to like?

So the next year we walked the Maribyrnong River, in 2011 it was Merri Creek. In 2012 we tackled Gardiner’s Creek, then our 2013 walk from Werribee to Altona took in parts of the Werribee River, Skeleton Creek and Laverton Creek.

In 2014 we walked along Kororoit Creek from St Albans to Williamstown. Darebin Creek followed in 2015, then in 2016 we walked from Glen Waverley to Carrum along Dandenong Creek, which flows into Patterson River. This year we will walk our last major Melbourne river, the Moonee Ponds Creek (from Roxburgh Park to Docklands).

My friends and I are now talking about a tenth walk, despite running out of major rivers in Melbourne. So in 2018 we might walk from Parramatta to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If anyone can confirm this Sydney river walk is worth doing, that would be great.

Other suggestions for urban river walks are welcome.

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