Whether you're seeking a new bike path or barbecue location, there are many ways to enjoy, learn about and protect Melbourne's waterways.

Mother and children having a picnic by their local waterway
Find a spot by your local river, just like a mother and her children enjoying a picnic by theirs.

Wetlands, rivers and creeks are a part of what makes Melbourne’s lifestyle so enviable. For things to do in Melbourne among the great outdoors, browse through our list of:

  • walking tracks
  • bike paths 
  • barbecue locations
  • advice on fishing, before you seek the perfect spot.

If you're keen to roll up your sleeves and protect your local waterway, you can count frogs, be a platypus crusader, monitor water quality or remove litter.


Things to do in Melbourne


Walking tracks and bike paths

Cycle, stroll or jog along Melbourne’s rivers and creeks, through urban settings or lush parklands, and feel a million miles from city life. 

Find walking tracks or bike paths



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Fishing spots

Did you know Melbourne Water cares for waterways to ensure healthy habitats and fish? Read about responsible fishing, licence requirements and protecting native fish.

Discover your next fishing spot


Family cooking a barbecue picnic lunch by the river

Barbecue locations

​In the mood for a barbecue? Melbourne has an abundance of spots for the perfect afternoon cook-up alongside our rivers, creeks and waterways.

Barbecue locations


Birdlife reclining in their local waterway, Edithvale Seaford Wetland

Birdwatching locations

Spot hundreds of different bird species – some rare and endangered – amongst Melbourne's wetlands, rivers and creeks.

Birdwatching locations


Platypus in the wild

Care for your local waterway

Find out how you can count frogs, monitor platypus, remove litter, monitor water quality and much more.

Waterwatch programs


Just remember, there are risks associated with any open body of water, so stay safe when you visit your local waterway.

Last updated:
24 December 2019