Cruising on the Maribyrnong River is a peaceful way to enjoy the remarkable views of Melbourne city’s skyline as well as the stunning natural scenery and native bush land of the area.
The Maribyrnong River joins the Yarra River at Fisherman’s Bend and with a number of attractions to explore along the way, it has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in outdoor recreational pursuits, the creative arts or simply want to relax and enjoy the spectacular views.
Melbourne Boat Hire provides a relaxing cruise experience through Melbourne’s commercial port, where you will pass the big ships to the mouth of the Maribyrnong River. On your journey you will glide past the beautiful views of the historical bridges and jetties, Footscray Park, Flemington Racecourse, Edgewater Lake and Pier 35.
If you are feeling hungry there are a number of picnic spots where you can enjoy a quiet picnic or BBQ amongst the beautiful surroundings. Parklands on either side of the river include Fairbairn Park and Maribyrnong Park where there are boat landings and specially appointed picnic facilities.
Nature lovers can explore Newell’s Paddock, a serene wetland reserve that is home to dozens of bird species, frogs and snakes. It is a perfect location for bird watching with over eighty different bird species having been sighted there including herons, cormorants, ibis, falcons, teals, swans and coots. Newell’s Paddock is easily accessible from the Maribyrnong River Trail and is a great place to enjoy spectacular views of the Heavenly Queen Temple with its 16 metre high golden statue of Mazu.
For a cultural family outing head to Pipemaker’s Park, a historic pipe-making industrial site that has been transformed into a park and wetlands and is located in the Maribyrnong River valley. The park is home to the Living Museum of the West, which offers self-guided tours and hosts a variety of exhibitions, activities and special presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River. You can also enjoy a picnic or barbeque in Pipemaker’s Park, or relax in the pioneer women’s shelter.
Cruising on the Maribyrnong River takes in the following sites of Melbourne:
Below is a map of the Maribyrnong River self-drive cruising area.