Yarra River, Main Yarra Trail opp Darling Gardens, VIC

The Birrarung, or Yarra River, is a significant place for our First Nations people and is a key biodiversity corridor in our city, providing valuable habitat for plants and wildlife. The City of Stonnington acknowledges the Boonwurrung, Wurundjeri and Bunurong people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of our city and we respect the special relationship of First Nations’ people to the land and water.

This ClimateWatch trail wanders through the biodiversity-rich rest areas across from Melbourne High School and Darling Gardens in South Yarra. Discover the 19 ClimateWatch species along the 200m trail including trees, flowering plants, grasses, land and water birds, insects and reptiles.

Start your trail opposite Melbourne High School by looking up to see the River Red Gums in all their glory. Discover the wide variety of native flora that play an important role in supporting native wildlife living along the Yarra River. Head west towards the city while you take in the flow of the river, look for the Dusky Moorhen or Black Swan floating along the river. Make your way under the railway bridge and around Anton Hasell’s Twisted Bell sculpture. Be sure to stop and notice the way the bells reflect the light and movement of the river.

The ClimateWatch trail is a short, easy stroll suitable for all ages and abilities. Once you’ve monitored the trail, learn about the river’s history, cultural significance and biodiversity value by listening to the Life of the Yarra Audio Tour.

How to get involved

This is a public ClimateWatch trail. If your school is interested in visiting the site, please contact the trail coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This ClimateWatch trail was developed by the City of Stonnington and received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program.

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Yarra River, Main Yarra Trail