Herring Island Picnic Area (Herring Island)


Herring Island Picnic Area (Herring Island)

Herring Island is a small 3.2 hectares artificial island located in Melbourne's Yarra River at South Yarra, approximately 3 kilometres from the city centre. It is the only island in the Yarra River. The island is accessible by boat only.
The grassy Herring Island Picnic Area contains free electric barbecues and picnic shelters. Catch the punt across from Como Landing and enjoy a day out at the quaint picnic area and take a stroll around the Herring Island Sculpture Island.

How to get there

Herring Island Picnic Area (Herring Island)


BBQ - Electric/Gas

Need to know

Herring Island Picnic Area (Herring Island)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • Not yet assessed


  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Free Punt service to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park

The free public Punt service to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park will begin on Saturday 2 January 2021 and will end on Easter Monday 5 April 2021.  Parks Victoria only operates this service on weekends and public holidays ( Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday) and any midweek access to the island needs to be organised via other vessel providers.
Operating times will be: 11am to 5pm sharp
*Please note the first Punt at 11am will be from Como Landing and last Punt service leaving the Island will be at 5pm.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions of social distancing 1.5m, numbers will be restricted to 7 people at a time on the Punt , so please be patient as delays getting to and from the island may occur.
Como Landing can be accessed from a path that runs down to the river from the Main Yarra Trail, Alexander Avenue, South Yarra (just down from café Kanteen).
Other conditions to watch for:
  • snakes are present on the island, please keep a watch out.
  • the paths are uneven gravel surfaces, some with swale drains which can make it difficult to traverse.
  • Please take your rubbish home with you.
Things to see and do:
  • Environmental sculptures
  • Birdwatching
  • Picnic and BBQ

By using our site you accept that we use and share cookies and similar technologies with certain approved third parties. These tools enable us to improve your website experience and to provide content and ads tailored to your interests. By continuing to use our site you consent to this. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.