Monday 25 April 2011


Birrarung Marr is on the north bank of the Yarra River next to Federation Square. It is Melbourne’s newest major park, opened in 2002. Its name comes from the language of the Wurundjeri people who originally inhabited this area. “Birrarung” means “river of mists” while “Marr” means river bank. There are many interesting public spaces, beautiful walks and many art works that allow the visitor not only to relax and enjoy the pleasant views of the water and the city skyline, but also many artworks to stimulate and excite the senses. Birrarung Marr is also the home of ArtPlay.

Looking north from the Batman Ave Bridge towards the City 
Looking west towards Federation Square and Flinders St Station, going south towards Birrarung Marr
The Footbridge leading to Speakers' Corner at the SE corner of the Park
The Federation Bells - A public musical instrument
A magpie in search of a worm - too late in the morning for that!
Great to have a freshly cooked brunch on the banks of the Yarra River.
...With an uninvited guest!
The view of the City skyline from here is iconic.
Angel sculpture by Deborah Halpern. 
The Birrarung Wilam (meaning “River Camp”) installation celebrates the diversity of Victoria’s indigenous culture by interpreting stories from local communities through public artworks.
Large rocks incised with animal drawings add interest to the installation.
ArtPlay is a venue and a project that is housed in a distinct, free-standing red brick warehouse (the sole remaining building of the Melbourne rail yards). It encourages children to create art through play.
One of the ArtPlay creations - A mosaic made by children.
A winding, textured pathway acknowledges the significance of the eel as a traditional food source for groups camped by the river.
The river views are wonderful along the path that links Birrarung Marr with Federation Square to the north and St Kilda Rd to the west.
A Ferris wheel that is great for river and city views.
A merry-go-round that's always popular with the kids.
Walking up towards St Kilda Rd to conclude the promenade…


  1. The photos of the kids are precious!!!!!!!!!!

  2. What a beautiful city! Great photographs.