Nature & parks in Southbank

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Parks & Nature in Southbank

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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,512 contributions
    The Yarra is one of the most distinctive features of Melbourne, running through the CBD. For tourists, it offers a range of activities, including river cruises, waterside dining, long walks along the Southbank promenade, cycling paths and bike/scooter hire.
    We walked alongside the river each day to get to the Australian Open tennis competition. Whilst we didn’t get to explore a lot of the river, it was very pleasant walking beside it and even on a short stretch we saw interesting sculptures and indigenous artwork.
    The most striking of these was ‘Angel’, a giant, brightly coloured, Picasso-esque sculpture by Deborah Halpern in 1988.
    Don’t expect a sweet or cherubic angel. This is a strange, three-legged creature. With two heads and long extended necks, it looked more like a mutated dinosaur. On the centre of its body, is a bright yellow, demonic-looking angel.
    Standing at 10m tall and made of steel and concrete with 4000 hand painted mosaic tiles, it’s an imposing but fun figure.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,718 contributions
    The shade trees are getting taller, while the access to transport, public toilets, seating, lawns, and BBQs are enhancing the experience. There are also food shops nearby, so you could have a picnic here.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
    The Maribyrnong River is Melbourne's second river. It is especially important to people in the north and west of the city. The river rises in the Macedon Ranges, near Gisborne. Early explorers called it the Saltwater River, but it was renamed. The name "Maribyrnong" is derived from the language of the Wurundjeri people. It may mean "I can hear the sound of a ringtail possum" or "salty river." The Maribyrnong River plays host to many indigenous animals and waterbirds. Dolphins are somtimes sighted in the lower reaches of the river. A trip along the Maribyrnong River is always rewarding. The view over the river valley from Avondale Heights takes in the city of Melbourne in the distance.
    Written 1 June 2022
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