herring Island

Herring Island, Walk the Sculpture, Melbourne, Vic

Estimated time:
20 mins

Approx 500m


About this walk

Herring Island is a little known island in the middle of the Yarra River, only 3km from Melbourne’s CBD.

The island boasts a series of environmental sculptures created from natural materials. Each sculpture is based on the history and landscape of the island.

Herring Island has a grassed picnic area with two shelters, free electric barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and water fountains. Unsealed gravel tracks weave across the 8-acre island and are suitable for prams.

The island provides vital inner-city habitat for indigenous wildlife.

The only access to Herring Island is by boat (punt). A punt service only operates Saturdays, Sundays and certain public holidays between January and Easter each year. There is no set timetable between 11 am and 5 pm Parks Vic operates a punt across the Yarra from Como Landing.

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Image courtesy of: By GailLeenstra (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


  • Toilets
  • Disabled access
  • BBQ
  • Picnic table