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Yarra River walking tour

One fine and sunny day during our week in Melbourne we followed the self-guided walking tour: On the waterfront.

The Princes Bridge leads from Alexandra Gardens (to the south) to Federation Square. This is the 3rd version of the bridge and was built in 1888.

The Princes Bridge leads from Alexandra Gardens (to the south) to Federation Square. This is the 3rd version of the bridge and was built in 1888.

The large public art installations provided interest and spontaneous play equipment for our children.

Excellent art installations are scattered along the riverside

Excellent art installations are scattered along the riverside

I like the way that the pedestrian bridge has been wrapped in a big red bow wishing Melbourne a Merry Christmas. I also love the fact that the pontoon on the bridge support is used as a cafe!

I like the way that the pedestrian bridge has been wrapped in a big red bow wishing Melbourne a Merry Christmas. I also love the fact that the pontoon on the bridge support is used as a cafe!

Our children enjoyed walking beside the river and learning a little about the history of Melbourne.

This street performer asked 2 men from the audience to put him in a straight jacket and then wrap him in a chain

This street performer asked 2 men from the audience to put him in a straight jacket and then wrap him in a chain

By far, what they enjoyed most was watching the captivating street performers.

He then took only 3 minutes to escape!

He then took only 3 minutes to escape!

I like the art-work on this bridge. In the foreground is also a garbage trap.

I like the art-work on this bridge. In the foreground is also a garbage trap.

These carvings are placed at the original 'pool' where a waterfall descended into the Yarra River until the river was altered to allow the passage of tall ships. In the background is the bridge that Houdini jumped off in front of 20,000 spectators, in chains, and surfaced 20 seconds later.

These carvings are placed at the original ‘pool’ where a waterfall descended into the Yarra River until the river was altered to allow the passage of tall ships. In the background is the bridge that Houdini jumped off in front of 20,000 spectators, in chains, and surfaced 20 seconds later.

This innovative structure is a nesting place for hundred of feral pigeons that otherwise make a mess of public buildings. Humans climb into the nesting boxes and replace the real eggs with artificial eggs as a humane population reduction strategy

This innovative structure is a nesting place for hundred of feral pigeons that otherwise make a mess of public buildings. Humans climb into the nesting boxes and replace the real eggs with artificial eggs as a humane population reduction strategy

Yarra River

Yarra River

More public art

More public art

More public art

More public art

This street performer had exceptional abdominal strength and used it to do a handstand on these two men from the audience then walk on his hands over them and through the legs of a 9 year old boy.

This street performer had exceptional abdominal strength and used it to do a handstand on these two men from the audience then walk on his hands over them and through the legs of a 9 year old boy.

After delicious grain free burgers from Grill’d we walked back to our apartment.

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We walked over 8km that day, which is trivial for my husband and I because we usually walk up to 25km on our day off work together every Friday. However it’s a long way for our 5 year old son and 7 year old daughter and we were amazed by their strength and endurance. My daughter and I topped off a great day of walking with an hour at the onsen that’s near our apartment. The traditional style Japanese bath house is wonderfully relaxing and very similar to the style of onsen that we enjoyed in April in Japan.

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