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“Lovely Place for a Stroll”
Review of Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr
Ranked #162 of 465 things to do in Melbourne
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

We ambled along the William Barak Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the City Link toll road, to reach the middle terrace of Birrarung Marr, Melbourne's newest major park. Its 20 acres, which opened in 2002, feature three terraces and open grassy spaces between the Central Business District and the Yarra River.

A sound sculpture -- the Federation Bells -- attracted our attention on the middle terrace. Thirty-nine inverted bells of various sizes are mounted on poles in a large space. Computer controlled, they play compositions thrice daily, in morning, at noon and in late afternoon. We missed a concert but enjoyed walking among the bells for a closer look.

The upper terrace, which is street side, held no interest. It featured much grass, simply waiting to be the venue for the next scheduled large exhibition or event. Instead, we focused on the lower terrace, which hosts native vegetation along with big Elm trees. This is where the Yarra River Trail runs along a gravel track on the water's South side. Shaded benches invite passersby to sit for a while and watch the river traffic -- canoes and kayaks when we were there.

Our favorite sculpture in the park -- Angel by Deborah Halpern -- stands on the lowest terrace. The almost 33-foot-high whimsical creation displays two heads with a ceramic-clad body depicting 16 colorful images that represent different life forms, such as a crocodile, plants and fantasy creatures.

This quiet park holds much more, including a big children's playground, and we found the space much fun to explore. Though we entered from the area where Melbourne's cricket field is located, Birrarung Marr is easy to access from Federation Square, which is where we exited.

Thank Rumples
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

It is pleasant to wander along the river here and, for the kids, there is a big playground with sand pit and grassy hills to tire themselves on. There is quite a bit of public art to break up the monotony. It is close to feeding places (but not cheap) and there are public toilets. Much is kept as open space reserved for exhibitions and the like.

1  Thank platypus150
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

You walk through this from Federation Square to Rod Laver Arena and MCG but linger awhile and listen to the bells which ring from 8am to 9am and again at 12.30 to 1.30pm and lastly at 5 to 6pm. Very contemporary design and music

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

This park resulted from changing the infrastructure of Batman Avenue, the Jolimont Railway Yards and the area to the east of Federation Square and followed the development of the square in 1992. The park was opened in 2002 to the public and is an interesting green space on the edge of the city. It has some interesting features including the Angels Sculpture which is worth a look and although better than the last visit it could be better developed. Thanks to the government of the time we now have a green space on the edge of the city.

Thank Oldjack
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

When in Melbourne I often walk through to or around this area. This is generally the area along the river Yarra from Federation Square to the MCG.

There is lots of space, multi level walkways and some unique views of the city. Sit on the river bank and watch the day or evening pass by.

In November it's well worth visiting the noodle night market too.

Thank Bluden
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