The Life of the Yarra Audio Tour
The Life of the Yarra Audio Tour highlights one of our key biodiversity sites within the City of Stonnington, the Yarra River.
There are 10 listening stations located along the Yarra River shared path, between Punt Road and Grange Road.
Audio Tour participants will explore the Yarra’s winding course, delve into the past and discover some small local wonders of our natural world.
Choose an audio track below as marked on the listening station signs found along the riverbank:
Tips for Tuning-In
You can tune in at any point along the tour however it is recommended to begin at the Punt Road Landing Listening Station and conclude at the MacRobertson Bridge Listening Station.
Audio tracks can be downloaded prior to visiting the Yarra or live streamed from the listening stations.
Begin your tour by tuning into the introduction track and finish your tour by tuning into the conclusion track.
Look out for the animal prints that will lead you to the next listening station!
While you’re listening to the tour, remember to watch out for cyclists and be careful when crossing roads and paths.
The Yarra River has changed a lot over the past 200 years. Tune in for an introduction to the Life of the Yarra Audio Tour in which you will find out more about the river’s history and discover some small local wonders of the natural world.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Introduction Track(PDF, 241KB)
Tune in at Punt Road Landing Listening Station to hear Arweet Carolyn Briggs describing how the Yarra River got its name. Learn about the original plant communities found in the area and some of the plants you might find there.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Punt Road Landing(PDF, 256KB)
Take a seat on the zigzagged bench seats and observe the beautiful areas that are tucked along this stretch of the river. Tune in to hear why the river was re-routed and realigned in the late 19th century and learn about the pressures that the Yarra faces in these lower reaches.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Cremorne Rail Riverbank P1(PDF, 257KB)
Observe the differences between the north and south side of the river from the Cremorne Rail Riverbank Listening Station. Tune in to learn why it’s important to create and protect wildlife corridors also known as ‘nature’s freeway’.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Cremorne Rail Riverbank P2(PDF, 252KB)
The site of the Church St Bridge Listening Station was once a bustling industrial zone. Tune in to learn how the Yarra River Biodiversity Project aims to revegetate the banks to reduce the impact of invasive weeds that have grown since the land was cleared for industry many years ago.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Church St Bridge(PDF, 252KB)
The Fishing Pontoon Listening Station is just upstream from the Church St Bridge. Tune in at the fishing pontoon to learn about the plant and animal communities that live in the areas known as the riparian zone.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Fishing Pontoon(PDF, 225KB)
Looking upstream of the café there are a few big old gum trees. From here you can also see the artwork created by Jonathon Jones and just across the water, Herring Island. Tune in at the café listening station to remind yourself of the importance of stopping and taking note of the environment around us.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Cafe(PDF, 255KB)
Tune in from the decking in front of the rowing sheds and observe examples of how people have changed and manipulated our physical environment. Learn about the creation of Herring Island in the late 1920s and, more recently, the construction of bioretention ponds to filter stormwater.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Boathouse(PDF, 250KB)
Williams Road marks the boundary between South Yarra and Toorak. Tune in at the Williams Road Listening Station and find out more about the boat service that used to link Williams Road to the northern side of the river and the extension of Alexandra Avenue.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Williams Road(PDF, 241KB)
Grange Road Wetlands is a refuge to many bird, amphibian and mammal species. Tune in at the Grange Road Wetlands Listening Station to learn about the variety of species that can be found nesting and feeding there. You might even be lucky enough to spot a yellow tailed black cockatoo.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Grange Road Wetlands(PDF, 224KB)
Tune in at the MacRobertson Bridge Listening Station and hear more about the popular swimming race called the ‘Race to Princess Bridge’. Learn why the swimming race had to be cancelled and hear how Governments and the community are working to improve water quality and return the river to its former state.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - MacRobertson St Bridge(PDF, 255KB)
As you finish your journey, tune in to hear the words of Arweet Carolyn Briggs of the Boon Wurrung Language Group.
Transcript - Life of the Yarra - Conclusion Track(PDF, 223KB)
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