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Birrarung Marr

  • Things to do
  • Melbourne
  1. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  2. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  3. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  4. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  5. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  6. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm

Time Out says

Birrarung Marr is an eight hectare between Flinders Street and the north bank of the Yarra River. It opened in 2002 and the name means 'river of mists' and 'river bank' in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, the original Indigenous inhabitants of the Melbourne area.


Behind Federation Square
Batman Ave
03 9658 9658

What’s on

Canadian Club Racquet Club

  • Pop-up locations

Want to watch the tennis outside but don't want to shell out for a ground pass? A pop-up bar along the banks of the river could be the perfect place to catch the action, drink in hand. The Canadian Club Racquet Club pop-up runs parallel to the Australian Open, so head down to the bar to watch match highlights between DJ sets from some of the most talked-about names in the business.  Entry is free, and there will be a launch party on January 16 from 6pm. Drinks are Canadian Clubs, of course (CC and Dry flows from taps, and you can also get CC Zero Dry cans). Sip cold bevvies and enjoy live music performances and food from Beatbox Burgers and Taco Truck. Summer nights, sorted.  Want the on-court action? Read all about the 2023 Australian Open here.

Ability Fest

  • Music festivals

Ability Fest has just dropped a red-hot line-up for 2023, where acts like Hilltop Hoods, Sampa the Great, Meg Mac, BROODS, Alex Lahey, Telenova, and Deathrays will take to the stage to celebrate the universal power of music.Ability Fest will return to Naarm/Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr on March 25, 2023, and revellers can party the day away against sweeping skyline vistas in the spirit of diversity and inclusivity. A not-for-profit event, Ability Fest is Australia’s first all-accessible music festival and one of the leading torchbearers for inclusive events, using music as a platform to normalise disability.  Organised by the Dylan Alcott Foundation and Untitled Group, Ability Fest has hosted some of the biggest names in the industry and raised just shy of $500,000 to help young Australians living with a disability fulfil their potential through the foundation's grant program. The Ability Fest venue is specifically designed with infrastructure that caters to people of all levels of ability, with elevated platforms and ramps, Auslan translators on stage, a dedicated sensory area, accessible toilets, guide dog accessibility and more.  The festival will be held across two stages, and festivalgoers can also expect to see acts like Mashd Kutcher, PARIS, dameeela, Linda Marigliano, Tyson O’Brien, Juno Mamba, Latifa Tee, Mulalo and Tiff Cornish.  “I’m so proud to see the path Ability Fest has already paved for inclusive events across the country," says Dylan Alcott. "First and foremo

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