Hike through Yarra Bend Park; one of Melbourne's best kept secrets

Join us for a guided hike through some beautiful native bushland bordering the Yarra River, only 5 kms from Melbourne's CBD. Throughout the hike, your knowledgable local guide will speak about the history of the Yarra River, some of the animals that live in the park and why the river is so important for Melbournians today.


Our hike starts in the village of Westgarth, only 5kms from the CBD. You can reach Westgarth via the 86 tram from the city (Bourke Street) or the train (Hurstbridge line). 


Wonderful city views, historic boathouses, some spectacular geology, remnant River Red Gums, loads of native birds (including some seriously cute parrots) and of course our resident Grey-headed Flying Fox colony are all in store for us as we follow the famous Yarra River through the park. With a wingspan of 1m, these are Australia's largest bats and surprisingly cute. 

After stopping for a vegetarian lunch, we explore the Abbotsford Convent and farm, and continue walking along the river until we pop out of the park in 'Little Saigon'. You have the option to catch a tram back into the city, or you can continue exploring Richmond on foot at your own pace.


  • Group size 2 - 10 people

  • The hike is approximately 12 kms

  • The grade is moderate and includes uneven walking surfaces

  • There are plenty of public facilities available along the hike route



  • Local guide and commentary 

  • Snacks (fruit)

  • Tea / coffee

  • Vegetarian lunch

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays or by arrangement
$69 pp
4 hrs, 12 kms