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Herring Island

Herring Island
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Welcome to Herring Island
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'Steerage' sculpture at the end of the island
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Island vegetation
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Picnic area
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Park Statistics

  • Area:2.8ha
Short walk
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Accessible only by boat, Herring Island in the Yarra River is just 3km from the city. The park is a haven for nature and art lovers alike. Environmental sculptures made from natural materials reflect the island’s tranquil setting.

A punt operates periodically from Como Landing during summer.

How to get there

Access to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park is by boat.

The Herring Island punt service operates 11am-5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 30 December 2017 through to Monday 2 April 2018.

Punt prices:

The punt is $2 per person or $5 per family, with pensioners, unemployed and children under 12 free. It can take up to 12 people.

There is no set timetable as the service runs on demand between 11am and 5pm

The punt leaves from Como Landing (Melways ref Map 58, G2). Car parking is available in Alexandra Ave.

*On days of extreme or inclement weather conditions, Parks Victoria may cancel the punt operation and stop access to Herring Island.

Private boats also have access to the island (Melway ref: 2M C2).


In some cases a permit may be required in order to hold an event in a park or reserve to ensure the protection of the environment and the rights and expectations of other users.

To enquire about the availability of your preferred event location please call Parks Victoria's Information Centre on 13 1963.

If a permit is required please complete the event application form and submit it to the local Parks Victoria office well in advance of the proposed event date.

Event application form

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

What's on

  • Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2018

    The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2018 presents a series of 4 exhibitions displayed in the Gallery on Herring Island. Enjoy a changing festival of art in the gallery, and take a walk around the Island's permanent Environmental Sculpture trail. Open every weekend from 13 January - 15 April, including…

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Popular things to do

  • Visit the gallery The old Scout hall was renovated to form the Herring Island Gallery. It is open for the summer arts festival…

  • Enjoy a picnic or barbecue Enjoy a relaxing picnic. The grassy picnic area has free electric barbecues and picnic shelters and is a great location…

  • Walk the sculpture trail Explore native flora, fauna and environmental sculptures along a walking trail loop around the island. Herring Island is home to…

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