Spectators at Race #1 at Studley Park will have plenty to keep you occupied (or relaxed if that’s what you’re after!) whilst your energetic friends and family members do their thing around the trails. The stunning Studley Park Boathouse has a great range of breakfast and lunch foods, as well as mouth watering cakes and pastries, tea, coffee other soft drinks to keep you happy.
Additionally, the 5km runners will come over the Kanes ‘Swing Bridge’ at the 4km point so you will be able to clap and cheer them on their way as they approach the finish line.
The surrounding Yarra Bend Park has a treasure trove of wilderness features and activities right in the heart of Melbourne you can enjoy on your own or as a family after the race.
ABOUT YARRA BEND PARK / STUDLEY PARK
At Yarra Bend Park, the largest area of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne, the landscape varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands, formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has over 16km of river frontage, and superb views of the city and the Dandenongs from the higher areas.
HOW TO GET THERE
The park can be accessed by car or bus via Studley Park Road and Yarra Boulevard, Kew, or Yarra Bend Road, off Heidelberg Road, Fairfield. (Melway ref: 2D).
- The park is used for boating, canoeing, team sports, golf, fishing, orienteering, picnicking, dining out, bird watching and just enjoying the bush.
- A shared walking and bicycle path follows the Yarra and high above the Merri Creek in the western and northern parts of the park.
- Practise your casting at the international fly-casting pool
- Open space and sporting fields are used for organised and informal sports including cricket, football, soccer and bocce.
- There are many walking tracks at Yarra Bend Park to suit all fitness levels. The popular Main Yarra Trail passes through the park extending from Templestowe to Southbank. Secluded riverside trails follow the Yarra through peaceful bush surrounds. Varying length circuit trails take you to popular sites including Dights Falls and Deep Rock.
- 18 hole golf course and 9 hole par 3 golf course.
- Studley Park Boathouse, built in 1863 and recently restored, offers cafe, bistro and restaurant dining and canoe and rowboat hire.
- Picnic areas
- Kanes Bridge leads across the river to picnic areas, sports grounds and the 18 hole Yarra Bend Golf Course.
- The nine hole Studley Park Par 3 Golf Course is situated on Walmer Street, Kew.
- Studley Park Picnic Area (close by Studley Park Boathouse) offers picnic shelters, electric barbecues and toilet facilities.
- Bellbird Picnic Area (off Yarra Boulevard) offers a peaceful alternative to busy Studley Park. This setting provides a shelter, electric barbecue, toilet facilities and canoe-launching ramp.
Parks Victoria no longer issues permits for the exclusive use of picnic shelters or open spaces at Yarra Bend Park. These areas are now free and available for shared use on a first come, first served basis. Any structures or amusements previously associated with private picnic bookings will no longer be permitted (eg. marquees, etc).
STUDLEY PARK BOAT HOUSE
Historic Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, is only 10 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor café, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.
Open for Breakfast from 9.00am until 11.00am Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Also open for afternoon teas and lunches daily from 12.00pm.
Boathouse Road Kew, Victoria, 3101.
The Restaurant (03) 9853 1828
Boathouse Cafe (03) 9853 8707
Kiosk Boathire (03) 9853 1972
Website Address: www.studleyparkboathouse.com.au