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Yarra Bend Park

Mother and Pup
Mother and pup grey headed flying fox
Grey-headed flying fox mother and pup
from Parks Victoria
Flying foxes
Group of grey-headed flying foxes
from Parks Victoria
Corben Oval
from Philip Czaplowski
Boats for Hire
from Philip Czaplowski
Gums at Yarra Bend
from Philip Czaplowski
Kanes Bridge
from Philip Czaplowski
Yarra River
from Philip Czaplowski
Great views
from Parks Victoria

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  • Kanes Bridge will temporarily close for essential painting works during June and July 2019. Closures will occur on weekdays between 9.00am and 4:00pm from Monday 17 June to Friday 2 August and have been scheduled to minimise public inconvenience. Alternate routes (PDF) are displayed at key decision points across the park. Contractors will temporarily open the bridge at approximately 12-12.30pm each day. at Yarra Bend Park, Monday 1 July, 2019
  • The Lower Loop barbecues and Corben Toilets are out of service due to an electrical supply disruption. Alternative facilities are situated at Studley Park, which is a short walk across Kanes Bridge, and at Deep Rock Rd, Fairfield. Power will be restored as soon as possible. Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience caused. at Loop Picnic Area, Tuesday 11 June, 2019
  • The Boulevard Restaurant is currently closed. Green fees do not currently apply for the Studley Park Par 3 Golf Course, and no bookings are required. at Studley Park Golf Course, Friday 23 November, 2018
  • The male toilet is currently closed at Westfield carpark. Alternative toilets can be found at Deep Rock. at Westfield Reserve, Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Park Statistics

Dog walking
Medium walk / Day walk
Short walk

Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. The park features steep river escarpments, open woodlands, playing fields and golf courses.

Explore the park by foot or by bike, go boating on the river and enjoy superb views of the city skyline. Pleasant picnic areas, barbecues, rotundas and playgrounds make it popular with families. Meals, refreshments and boat hire are available at venues within the park.

Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s premier Grey-headed Flying-fox hangout. Thousands of flying‐foxes can be seen roosting in the park during the day and the "fly‐out" at sunset is a unique spectacle. They are best viewed from Bellbird Picnic Area where a viewing platform, walking trail and interpretive signage allows visitors to learn about and view the flying‐foxes in their natural environment. Grey‐headed Flying‐foxes are a nationally threatened bat species and in 2003 this colony was successfully relocated from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Yarra Bend Park.

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

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