Birrarung Marr


Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr, on the Yarra Riverís north bank next to Federation Square, is Melbourne's newest major park. Opened in 2002, it hosts events and festivals.

From Princes Bridge, the park incorporates three terraces of contrasting grass and sand. The Lower Terrace follows the curve of the Yarra River and retains sections of the original avenue of elm trees. The Middle Terrace hosts temporary facilities linked to events held at the MCG or Melbourne Park, while the Upper Terrace has views of the Arts Centre Melbourneís spire and St Paulís Cathedral.

If youíre visiting Birrarung Marr with children, drop into the childrenís art centre and gallery ArtPlay to see what innovative activity program is under way, or visit the ArtPlay Playgroundís stimulating collection of slides and sandpits.

The Birrarung Wilam installation celebrates the diversity of Victoriaís indigenous culture by interpreting stories through public artworks. A winding pathway acknowledges the significance of the eel as a traditional food source and a semicircle of metal shields represents each of the five groups of the Kulin Nation.

Other features of Birrarung Marr include Deborah Halpernís two-headed Angel sculpture and the Federation Bells, ringing out three times daily with different compositions. The parkís William Barak pedestrian bridge leads directly to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

A must see within the park are the Federation Bells - 1920 individual bells.

 
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