Activities by the water

Wetlands, rivers and creeks are a vital part of Melbourne’s enviable lifestyle and there are many ways to enjoy, learn about and protect them. Organise with your friends and family to explore walking and bike paths, cook up a barbecue by the river, join a community of frog monitors or river health volunteers.

There are risks associated with any open body of water, so remember to stay safe when you visit our waterways.

Walking tracks and bike paths

Escape the urban environment and enjoy Melbourne's popular shared paths alongside rivers and creeks.

Fishing spots

Try your luck with a hook and bait at various Melbourne fishing locations.

Barbecue locations

Pack a picnic and gather a group of friends or family for an outdoor meal by the water.


Our wetlands and sewage treatment plants offer some of the best birdwatching opportunities in Victoria.

Record frog sounds

Join the Frog Census program and record local frog sounds to help us understand Melbourne’s frog populations.

Monitor and learn about river health

Join Healthy Waterways Waterwatch, a river health education and monitoring program.

Submit a platypus sighting

Spotted a platypus recently? Report your sighting and help ongoing conservation and research of this iconic species.

Did you know?

More than 50 million visits are made to our rivers and creeks each year.


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