The Yarra River

The Yarra River, traditionally known as Birrarung by the Wurundjeri people runs from its source at Mt Baw Baw in the Yarra Ranges out to Port Phillip Bay, past our little club.

Downstream from clubhouse you will pass Studley Park Boathouse and further on, Dights Falls. You are not able to paddle over Dights Falls and must portage (carry your boat) around the falls.

By paddling upstream you will pass the Fairfield Canoe Club, Chandler Highway bridge, freeway straight and further upstream to small rapids and the point where the Darebin Creek joins the Yarra. On the freeway straight there is a buoyed course which has 500m marked out in 50m increments, this is frequently used by club members for interval training.

Yarra River map

Yarra River map


One-way distances measured from steps

Downstream (pass under pipe bridge):

  • Freeway Bridge 0.7km
  • Pump Station 1.8km
  • Bellbird Landing 2.2km
  • Glasshouse Landing 2.75km
  • Kane’s Bridge 4.5km
  • Dights Falls warning signs 6km
  • Dights Falls 6.3km

Upstream (towards Fairfield Boathouse)

  • Fairfield Canoe Club (FCC) 0.5km
  • Chandler Highway bridge 1.1km
  • Swimming Pool Steps 1.3km
  • Bottom of Freeway Straight 1.8km
  • Top of Freeway Straight 2.5km
  • Darebin Creek Rapids 4.2km