Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)


Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Visitors could spend an hour or all day exploring the sites along the Yarra River or relaxing on the banks watching the boats and people of Melbourne go by. The Yarra River plays an important role in creating vibrancy and providing an accessible waterway for visitors and the local community.

It has particular spiritual and cultural significance for Aboriginal communities. To the Wurundjeri people the river, known as Birrarung, was the life source and an important meeting place.

The section of the river between Burnley and Dights Falls offers a far different experience then what the CBD end of the River offers. Visitors to this part of the river can expect a much quieter and relaxing experience. Access to this part of the river is by canoe and kayak, bike, car and foot. Powered vessels can not access this part of the river.

Dights Falls offers the opportunity for thrill seekers to try their hand at white water kayaking and canoeing.

Dights Falls was created by a basalt-boulder bar formed from cooled lava flows over the siltstone river valley. Below the falls the river is tidal; above, the water remains fresh.

There are trails on both sides on the river. There are many attractions located along the river including Yarra Bend Park, Collingwood Children’s farm, sporting facilities including rowing clubs and picnic and park areas.

How to get there

Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Need to know

Yarra River - Johnston Street to Dights Falls (Yarra River, Lower Yarra River land)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • Boating zones apply


  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
    • Flash flooding
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • 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.

Shallow Waters - River Channel Downstream of Charles Grimes Bridge

The channel immediately downstream of Charles Grimes Bridge in the vicinity of Yarra's Edge Marina has reduced water depth as a result of sediment build up. Minimum depth at low tide may be less than 2m. Large vessels should navigate the area with caution.

Notice to River Users 7 December 2023

As Waterway Manager under the Marine Safety Act 2010 Parks Victoria wishes to advise these waterway closures and activities (PDF) on the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and Victoria Harbour.

Attachments: NTRU December 7 (1,374KB)

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