You can row on it, or run and ride alongside it. Picnic by it, photograph it, or simply situate yourself in the area's gardens, eateries, bars and arts spaces that afford amazing views of the Yarra River.
The city square
Get started amid striking design at Federation Square. More than a public space, it's the city's creative hub, boasting Australian art par excellence at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and homages to film and TV at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Recharge at one of the many eateries and bars peppering the square, including Victoria by Farmer's Daughters and Taxi Kitchen.
Hit the north bank of the Yarra River and check out Aboriginal rock carvings along Birrarung Marr. Book a guided walking tour through the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square and stay to admire the trust's impressive art exhibitions.
Grab a table at Big Esso by Mabu Mabu, run by Torres Strait Islander chef Nornie Bero, for a taste of contemporary Indigenous cuisine.