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Maribyrnong River


The Maribyrnong River, which begins on the slopes of Mount Macedon and flows to Port Phillip, has played a major role in the occupation and development of western Victoria. Aboriginal tribes have frequented its banks for at least 40,000 years.

These waters provide good canoeing and three ponding points have been designed to enable children and adults to discover the delights of catching fish with a hand net.

The park has barbecues, picnic tables and shelters, and a shared cycle/walking path starts in the park and continues on to Footscray. Parklands on either side of the river include Maribyrnong Park and Fairbairn Park where there are boat landings and picnic facilities.

Bicycle tracks follow its banks, crossing the river via pedestrian bridges at several points. Many people use these trails to get to Brimbank Park or Pipemakers Park.

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