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There are walking tracks at Yarra Bend Park to suit all levels of fitness. Secluded riverside trails follow the Yarra through peaceful bush surrounds. The popular Main Yarra Trail passes through the Park and extends from Templestowe to Southbank. Varying length circuit tracks take you to popular sites including Dights Falls and Deep Rock.
Andrews Reserve Trail
1.2km, 40 mins one way, moderate walk
This walk begins near the footbridge adjacent to Walmer Street in the southern end of the park. Follow the sealed track taking in the views of the city and the Richmond area until you come upon some earthen steps leading down to your left, descend these steps into the riparian vegetation of the Yarra River...
Bushland Circuit Trail
850m loop, 25 mins, easy walk
This walk begins on the Studley Park Picnic Area side of the river at Kane's Bridge. Heading away from the Boathouse, follow the path to the right which leads away from the bank of the Yarra River. The path loops back following the river, returning to the boathouse...
Dights Falls Loop Trail
4.2km, 1.5 hours, moderate walk
On this walk you will discover the sites of the former 'Lunatic Asylum', the lookout over Galatea Point, the 'Greenlink, Yarra Bend' revegetation area, the former Deep Rock Swimming Club, the Koori Garden and Dights Falls. The walk begins on the north side of Kane's Bridge. The sports oval on your right was the former site of the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, the first established in Victoria in 1845. The well established exotic trees (Figs, Elms, and Cyprus) stand as remnants of the asylum's garden along the trail...
Westfield Extension (continuation of Dights Falls Loop Trail)
6.3km loop, 2 hours, moderate walk (total of Dights Falls and Westfield Extension trails)
From the junction of trails between the Merri Creek and the Yarra River, follow the Main Yarra Trail under the Freeway Overpass. As you are walking alongside the Merri Creek, watch for Welcome Swallows, Red-rumped Parrots and other native birds visiting the area...
River Circuit Trail
2.2km loop, 40 mins, easy to moderate walk
The River Circuit Trail begins from the carpark beside the Fly Casting Pool, just off Yarra Bend Road. Begin the walk along the gravel path beside the Eastern Freeway fence. From the ridge where you are standing you can observe the escarpment vegetation dominated by Yellow Gum and Yellow Box on the other side of the river. This vegetation plays a vital role stabilising the steep escarpment. Follow the path down into the sheltered serene riparian or river bank vegetation...