yarra river walk, warburton

Warburton is one of Mamma’s all time favourite eastie destinations to visit, especially on a gorgeous sunny day. You can waltz along the main street, visit the Waterwheel visitors centre, grab a coffee or lunch in the numerous eateries. Then drop in for a little play at one of Victoria’s smallest playgrounds, before heading to the river to paddle or dip a toe in the water.

The water clarity of the Yarra up at this end is pretty great, although still on the murky side. On a warm day, you will find plenty of brave souls having a dip. The water is mostly ice-cold all year round and the current can be quite strong. A great spot for the courageous is the rocky steps right behind the Arts Centre. However, there are plenty of shallow spots along the river bank for families to kick off your shoes and tip-toe into the water. Look for the rocky pools that families have created with the river stones and always keep your eye on children around water.

There are plenty of shady and grassy zones to set up a picnic, play a drum or simply watch the world - and ducks - go by.

Mamma's special mentions: The Upper Yarra is a stunning part of the world all year round and spending the whole day in the area is pretty easy! In winter explore up Mt Donna Buang. Go on a fairy tale type adventure in the Redwood Forest. Grab an ice cream from the little shop on the hill or a pizza from Little Joe! You have the day SORTED.

the nitty gritty

public toilets near the playground - free parking - watch conditions - take rubbish with you - FREE

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