Yarra Park is one of Melbourne's best known parks being home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Punt Road Oval.
Yarra Park is one of the main public parklands located within the city's vibrant sports and entertainment precinct.
Yarra Park has a significant indigenous pre-history, and is also noted for both its landscape and sporting heritage, dating back to the 1850s. Included in this heritage, are the sporting statues that surround the MCG. The area was first set aside as parklands in 1856, when it was known as the Richmond Paddock and police horses were left here to graze. The first game of Australian Rules football was played here in 1858.
The park is crisscrossed by avenues of trees connecting to Punt Road and Swan Street. Footbridges cross the train lines. On a wander through the park, look out for statues of sporting stars including cricketer Don Bradman, footballer Ron Barassi and athlete Betty Cuthbert.
You'll also see some scar trees, named for the markings left by the harvesting of bark for canoes by the area's original inhabitants, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
A water recycling facility and landscape upgrade will secure the future of the trees in the park, which is all part of the Yarra Park Master Plan.
The MCC's vision for Yarra Park sees the parkland being used by a variety of groups and individuals in a safe and reasonable manner. Here are just a few of them:
Bordered by two railway lines and Richmond and Jolimont railway stations.
Where & Getting There
Yarra Park is bordered by Brunton Avenue, Punt Road and Wellington Parade, East Melbourne / Richmond. Some maps also mention Marathon Way.
--> Train - Catch train to either Richmond or Jolimont Stations + short walk
--> Car - Game day parking costs $10 per car accessed via 7 gates around the park.
--> Bus - refer local bus web sites
--> Bicycle - parking available around park
--> Taxi - ask driver
--> Walking - travel to CBD and walk via
--> William Barak Bridge from Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square) over Batman Avenue the Jolimont Railway corridor and Brunton Avenue before descending into Yarra Park.
--> Rod Laver Arena footbridge links the park and Rod Laver Arena.
--> Melbourne Arena footbridge runs parallel to the Rod Laver Arena footbridge extending from the MCG's Gate 6 concourse over the railway corridor and descending into the Olympic Park precinct on Swan Street.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Yarra Park Jolimont | Map
✆ 9657 8888
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Yarra Park
❊ Also See... ❊
→ East Melbourne 3002
→ Jolimont 3002
→ Melbourne Cricket Ground
→ Richmond Football Club | Tigers
→ Domain Parklands
→ La Trobe's Arrival | 170th Anniversary
→ Melbourne Football Club | Demons
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