Discover Yarra

Discover Yarra

Located two kilometres from the city centre, the City of Yarra is the cultural curve tracing Melbourne’s centre. As the artisan community coloured in the largely industrial area during the 1960s, a thriving incubator of sculpture, fashion, music, art and design was created. Galleries, studios and theatres bloom in warehouses and factories. Locally designed and produced fashion is housed in boutiques and accompanied by unique, world class restaurants embracing fresh, local produce. The Yarra River, parks and gardens provide tranquil pockets away from the bustling activity and inspiration that visitors and locals revel in, and for which the area is now renowned.

Suburbs include:

Abbotsford Alpington Burnley Carlton North Clifton Hill Collingwood Cremorne Fairfield Fitzroy North Fitzroy Princes Hill Richmond

Word on the street

Yarra is eclectic and vibrant. It is the hub of Melbourne’s arts, fashion, food and music scene. You can effortlessly get around and access it all by tram, on bike or by foot. There is really something for everyone, it is such an easy place to live, work and play. There is no reason to go anywhere else.
Adrian Richardson Chef and owner, La Luna Bistro

Things to see and do

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  • Aboriginal History Walk

    Aboriginal History Walk

    From its Woiwurrung beginnings, Fitzroy was the centre of the Victorian Indigenous community as people moved from missions, came back from war, or sought family and work opportunities. As a result Fitzroy became the birthplace of many Aboriginal organisations and the hub for Indigenous advancement whether sporting, religious, political, social or cultural. Take a self-guided tour through Indigenous Fitzroy and get to know the area’s profound Indigenous significance. The Fitzroy Aboriginal History Walk can be downloaded via the link or pick up a hard copy from the Richmond Town Hall on Bridge Road.

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  • Carlton and United Brewery Tours

    Carlton and United Brewery in Abbotsford is one of the oldest working breweries in Australia. Producing over a dozen brands including Carlton Cold, VB and Foster’s Lager, the brewery is also the country’s largest. Tours of the Carlton Brewhouse showcase the brewery's 100 year history of beer making, presenting the art of brewing in an innovative and entertaining way. Tours run at 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday - Friday.

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  • Collingwood Children's Farm

    Situated in a sweeping bend of the Yarra River opposite Yarra Bend Park, the Children’s Farm offers a slice of country life in the heart of Yarra. Home to cows, pigs, goats, horses, ducks and more, the farm encourages visitors to help feed the animals and even to have a go at milking a cow. Open to the public every day of the year from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Breakfast, lunch and all things in between are available from the Farm Cafe, open daily. There is also a monthly Farmers Market offering the freshest produce from the farm and other local growers.

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  • Fairfield Boathouse

    Fairfield boathouse was established in 1908 as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area and today this neighbourhood gem holds true to its heritage. Nestled along the banks of the Yarra River, the Boathouse is a place to enjoy an informal outdoor dining experience, where you can relax by the river in summer or sit by the cozy wood fires and admire the view in winter. Hire a bike, canoe or kayak and paddle through inner Melbourne’s only remaining natural bushland – only 10 minutes from the city centre.

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  • Galleries

    The City of Yarra is known for its diverse artistic and cultural life. It is home to many artists, leading commercial galleries, contemporary arts spaces, artist run galleries and cafes with regular exhibitions. Each gallery is distinct, catering for a different audience and clientele. To locate a Gallery, look out for the Yarra Gallery symbol – a bold orange street sign which directs you to many of Yarra's contemporary art galleries, download a copy of the Gallery Guide by following the link or pick up a hard copy from the Richmond Town Hall on Bridge Road.

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  • Mountain Goat Beer

    Mountain Goat Beer began in the mid-nineties in the back yard of an ambitious home brewer. In 1997 the first official Mountain Goat beer hit the shelves. Now operating out of a converted warehouse in Richmond, Mountain Goat craft a handful of boutique beers as well as a few seasonal and one off brews. Mountain Goat Brewery is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5.00pm, serving their unique beer and homemade pizzas. They run free brewery tours at 6.30pm every Wednesday.

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  • Shopping & Dining

    Experience the City of Yarra’s famous retail and dining precincts. Serviced by excellent public transport or within easy walking distance from the CBD, each precinct offers unique shopping and dining experiences to suit all tastes. Come and discover the hundreds of shops, outlets, restaurants, cafés, bars and live entertainment venues located throughout the municipality.

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  • To Market to Market

    Several fascinating and unique markets complement the City of Yarra’s shopping strips. If you’re after fresh, affordable produce and gourmet delights, head to the Gleadell Street Market in Richmond or the Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers market. If you’re looking for a special gift that’s a little different, try the Rose Street Artists' Market, Fitzroy Market, Makers Market or Supper Market, where you can buy handmade jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts direct from the makers.

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  • Minette's Vintage, Burnley Village

    Minette's Vintage, Burnley Village

    Minette's Vintage is a beautifully curated vintage store with an eclectic mix of stock. Expect to find excellent quality vintage clothing and accessories, select pieces of vintage furniture and homewares alongside unique upcycled jewellery. For truly unique gifting there is also vintage inspired stationery and greeting cards and a great range of hand-made candles and perfumes.

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  • Herring Island

    A hidden gem in the middle of the Yarra River, Herring Island is located only 3kms from the CBD. A haven for nature and art lovers alike, the Island is home to native flora and fauna, a gallery and environmental sculptures. Access to the island is via boat. For just a small fee, you can hop on Parks Victoria’s punt which runs from Como Landing, January to April. Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family and spend the day on this little slice of paradise.

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  • Burger, meal, food, meat

    Little Bertie Cafe

    Tucked down a laneway, this quintessential Melbourne cafe and beer garden is now serving up dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The meaty menu consists of delights such as 12 hours smoked brisket, Jamaican free range jerk chicken and 16 hour smoked pulled pork. The hidden gem can be found by heading down to Shakespeare Lane next to Coles on Swan St, or from East Richmond train station.


  • Shirt & Skirt Market @ Abbotsford Convent

    Shirt & Skirt Market @ Abbotsford Convent

    Occurring 10am-4pm on the third Sunday of every month, The Shirt & Skirt Market is one of Melbourne’s original design markets and for over eight years, it has fostered new ideas and showcases the works of over 40+ independent Victorian designers, featuring quality, innovative and unashamedly beautiful fashions for women, men and children. It offers beautiful designer clothes, unique accessories and one-off items.  Each is lovingly made and created by independent and emerging designers.  Here you will be able to find something unique.  

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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