To escape Melbourne city without leaving town, one only need go about 4 km northeast of the city centre, where the Yarra River flows through bushland, an area cherished by runners, rowers, cyclists, picnickers and strollers. Yarra Bend Park has huge tracts of densely tree-covered land (not to mention two golf courses and numerous sports grounds) that are great for walking.
Cockatoos screech by the banks and grey-headed flying foxes roost in the trees: It's hard to believe you're 10 minutes from office towers and industry. At the end of Boathouse Rd is the 1860s Studley Park Boathouse, which has a kiosk and restaurant, BBQ facilities, flocks of ducks, and boats and canoes for hire. Kanes suspension footbridge takes you across the river, from where it's about a 20-minute walk to Dights Falls, at the meeting of the Yarra River and Merri Creek. You can also walk to the falls along the southern riverbank.
This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme.