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"The Yarra River"

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The Yarra River plays an important role in the life of many Melbournians.

The source of the river (appr.242 km long) is a series of swamps on Mount Baw Baw.
The upper reaches are located within the Yarra Ranges National Park.

The Upper Yarra Dam is one of a number of dams in the Yarra Catchment that supply most of Melbourne's water. Most of the river is surrounded by forest covered hills until the town of Warburton.

Downstream of Warburton, the Yarra Valley gradually opens out farms begin to appear and by the town of Woori Yallock the river turn north and the Yarra Valley wine region.

At Healesville, the river turns west again and the stream bed becomes increasingly silty, reducing the clarity of the water, and by the commuter town of Yarra Glen it starts to take on the brownish color that the lower reaches are known for.

The river enters Melbourne's suburbs but the river is surrounded by parkland, much retaining or have been replanted with native vegetation. A bicycle and walking trail begins at Warrandyte and becomes the Yarra River Trail. The river is used extensively for kayaking and canoes can often be seen throughout the suburban section.

Below Dights Falls at Yarra Bend Park in inner Melbourne, the river passes along the southern side of the central business district. The City of Melbourne stands on either bank of the River

The river flows into Port Phillip Bay, the site being extensively altered as part of the Port of Melbourne, Australia's busiest seaport.

Photos I have taken of The Yarra in different places east of Melbourne.

Click on the thumbnail to see the larger picture.

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