Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yarra River Trail stroll part 1

Re-posting this for Red's Around the World EXTRAVAGANZA!
Besides, the photos are half-decent.

Oh, yes, a leisurely stroll for a quiet Easter Monday.
I think the trail had more people than in Bourke Street at lunchtime during Xmas... when Myers had announced a sale.
Yeah, that many people.
But, I must hastily add, there was more consideration, respect and good manners shown between joggers, cyclists and pedestrians than has been witnessed from car drivers for many a long decade.
On with the pitchers...
Underside of Princes Bridge, beginning our trek from Flinders Street Station.

 Remember I took a pic of those palm trees from atop Princes Bridge the other day on our Royal Botanic Gardens walk?
Here's a different view of them.
Storm water outlet, frequented by birdies.

Roots entwined around the bluestone border.
Nature always finds a way...

It's a...doohickeywhatsit.

Stapley Parade Reserve, in Birrarung Marr.

Book-end twin near Morell Bridge.
Explanation HERE.

Morell Bridge.
Info HERE.

Back towards the city from whence we came.
*is feeling all Biblical and Lot's wife-ish*

It says Dights Falls are 10.7 kilometres away.
Don't believe the sign, listen to my feet that say it was a gazillion kms...

Just Hoddling about...

Under the South-eastern Freeway....

...the Yarra, she is VERRRRRRRY stinky here.
*Roll your Rs and make guttural noises of disgust in the back of your throat*

This to our right while over to our left was...


Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra.
History HERE.

The trail makes us mere mortals walk on water...

The large amount of birdlife along the river belies the stench and the bad rep.

Herring Island.

Ducking in under the South-Eastern Freeway to find....
Burnley Boat Harbour.
Info HERE on it's birth.

Rock climbing wall underneath freeway.

Walls 2 & 3.

Gone fishin'.
Though I wouldn't partake of the meal that came out of that river myself.

Keep walking....

So difficult to look at this vista.

Sat upon a strategically placed seat and enjoyed the day for 20 mins.

MacRobertson Bridge, built so Macpherson Robertson's delivery trucks could have a direct route, which spelt the death for the Twickenham Ferry.

Hard work, this....

'Only' 8.5 kms to Dights Falls.
Around about this time I realised I'd rolled my ankle at some stage and was impersonating a hobbled horse trying to clear the Grand National hurdles (not pretty).

A bridge.

A sign.

A scene.

The Heyington Diversion.
3 roods and 10 perches.
Remember that, it might come in handy one day.
Or not.

A cave.

This is the Gardiners Creek Trail that shoots off from the Yarra River trail (footbridge up on right in lower pic), plaque burbles about it in top pic, while lower pic shows Gardiners Creek making merry with the Yarra River.

Whattya mean it's too thin to plough and too thick to drink?


'Nother bridge.
Up near Kew way.
I think.

If you look reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally carefully you can see the water measurement sticks beside the steps that the photographer (moi) almost succeeded in capturing.

Getting all arty-farty.
I blame the sore foot.

Yarra Boulevard aka Susso Drive.
History/info HERE.

New path not quite finished or opened for use yet.

I fear I have developed a fetish for bridges....

Pretty shell-decoration on above bridge.

C'mon, it's only another 5kms...

For those tootling to work via punt...

Yes, some would describe sections of the river as still (ob)noxious...

And here I will call it quits as this is taking forever and a day.


  1. wonders if bridges are the only fetish you have lol. Eeeks at the roleld ankle. I was thinking as I was reading your posts that you should be a tour guide. I was fascinated and then I thought hell you walked a distance.

  2. Fantastic post. Much I did not know, including Melb High being called Forrest Hill.

  3. LOL Janine, point me at a teapot and I'll be in love lol.
    Think there were a few extra kms courtesy of my son's navigation skills I have failed in lol.

    Thanks, Andrew, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the bits 'n' bobs, too :)

  4. I enjoyed walking with you.

  5. Thanks, Debby, hope you enjoy the rest of the stroll later ;)

  6. Geez, that's a hike Jayne. I'm feeling tired by proxy but I have enjoyed the journey with you. Love the photos and the history. Now I know a rood is a 1/4 of an acre or a crucifix or 1 square rod. OK, too much. I'll look up perches another time. I wonder if anyone has come up with a paint called Yarra brown lol.

  7. Thanks, LiD.
    I'll be posting the 2nd half of the walk but the kid wants to take up from Dights Falls and keep going!
    LOL @ Yarra Brown paint.

  8. Bother! Now I have to rack my brain and try to remember what roods and perches are. I know they're measurements, but how long is each?
    I enjoyed the walk, Jayne, especially that doohickeywhatsit. (alien totem pole).
    How's the ankle feeling?

  9. It's better now that almost a year has passed, River ;)
    Hoping to repeat the walk or take up from where we finished at Dights Falls sometime.

  10. Enjoyed it the second time. The photos are really quite good.

  11. Hey, those pix are WAAAAAY better than half decent! And the walk looks like 'fun' (a new meaning of the word, hitherto unused) - will do it one day when I a) visit Melbourne and b) get fitter!! Thanx so much for playing 'Round the World'!!

    Have a lovely day!!

  12. made me homesick. I used to live in Paterson St, just above the Collingwood Children's Farm. Melbourne is awesome.

  13. Nice pics to describe the walk. You loaded so many but I guess keeping the size small still allows the post to load quickly.