Yarra Bend Park is beautifully designed along the curve of the Yarra River, offering over 16 km of river frontage. The landscape varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands, playing fields and golf courses. From the higher areas, you can enjoy superb views of the city and the Dandenongs. The park is joyfully used for boating, canoeing, team sports, golf, fishing, orienteering and picnicking. Open spaces and sporting fields welcome organised and informal sports including cricket, football, soccer and bocce. Many walking tracks covering every level of fitness are also available. Yarra Bend Park contains some of the last stands of original bushland in inner Melbourne, with approximately half of the park covered by indigenous vegetation. It contains seven of the state’s threatened flora species, and one endangered. Here, you can usually see Rainbow Lorikeet, Red-rumped Parrot and on occasionally, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo. You can also try to spot echidnas, native water rats and possums. If you want to view flying-fox colonies stroll along the Yarra Boulevard or around the Bellbird Picnic Area.
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