Get active by the water

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Melbourne’s waterways: whether it’s to exercise, socialise or connect with nature. From walking to unwinding, here are some of the best spots that make the most of our rivers, creeks and reservoirs.

 

Woman jogging along river

Walking tracks and bike trails

Explore trails that follow our waterways through urban settings and lush parklands, and feel a million miles from city life.

 

Find walking or bike trails

 

 

Mother and children having a picnic by their local waterway

Barbecue and picnic spots

Fancy outdoor dining with a waterfront view? Find a place for the perfect afternoon cook-up along Melbourne’s rivers, creeks and reservoirs.

 

View barbecue locations

 

 

Melbourne Water employee and two people with binoculars

Birdwatching

Spot hundreds of different bird species – some rare and endangered – among our waterways and wetlands. Or apply for a permit to access the Western Treatment Plant: Victoria’s premier birdwatching destination.

 

Go birdwatching

 

 

Boy and man fishing by a river

Fishing advice

We care for waterways to provide healthy habitats for fish. Read about licence requirements and steps you can take to fish responsibly.

 

Prepare before you fish

 

 

Remember: there are risks associated with any open body of water, so stay safe when visiting your local waterway.

Need more motivation for getting out and about? Take a peek at some of the gorgeous views you could be soaking up:

 

Last updated:
1 February 2021