The beautiful and modern city of Melbourne is adorned with some amazing architectural feats such as the construction of the Edge at the Eureka Towers, and the Prima Pearl. But oft overlooked is the accompanying river that gave birth to and sustained life at Melbourne. The Yarra River runs right through the center of this great Victorian city, and the most famous of Melbourne’s buildings have been built surrounding it. I wanted to witness all the wonders present along the banks of the Yarra, so I rented out a kayak and a paddle for some adventure activities in Melbourne, took two friends along, and scheduled out a weekend for it.
I started my adventure activities in Melbourne at the Port Philip Bay, where the YarraRiver meets the ocean and forms an estuary, and I slowly wound my way up north through the docks and into the narrow entrance of the river. From here,I noticed the Melbourne aquarium, and the Eureka Skydeck, hanging over me, blocking out much of the sunlight. As I kept paddling I came up to the Royal Botanic Gardens and here, it was more my olfactory senses that were tested than my visual senses, as I could smell that iconic and memorable smell of freshly cut grass, mildew, and the blossoming of thousands of flowers.
As I paddled my way further west, I came up to the bends. The bends are that part of the Yarra River which start meandering back and forth, but nevertheless lead in a general direction. I then crossed up to the Burnley golf course and then set my sights on the splendidly built Burnley campus of the University of Melbourne. I stopped over here and pulled my kayak ashore. The entire experience was one that supplied me with breath-taking views of Melbourne, and at the same time gave me an intense workout. It helped me build my endurance and gave me the thrill of adventure as I discovered parts of Melbourne that I had never witnessed before. This entire experience let me to do two things that I love most, kayaking and exploring possibly the greatest city in Australia.