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Updated by Lavinia Woolf on May 27, 2015
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Things to do in South Yarra - Top Activities in Breathtaking South Yarra

As one of Victoria's most intriguing corners South Yarra is a tourist heartland brimming with exciting possibilities. From art walks to river cruises here are the area's must-try activities.

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City River Cruises

City River Cruises

Often described as one of the best ways to discover the beauty and diversity of Melbourne and the banks of the Yarra River a city river cruise is a popular activity among frequent visitors to Vctoris as well as those touring South Yarra for a limited time frame. As an engaging sightseeing excursions city river cruises take place on iconic MV Melba Star vessels which takes you up and down the river exploring some of its key landmarks including Herring Island and the World Trade Centre while participants will also enjoy stunning views of the Port of Melbourne, the Crown Casino and the West Gate and Bolte overpasses.

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Take Part in Art Walk Melbourne

Take Part in Art Walk Melbourne

Strictly for art enthusiasts only, the Melbourne Art Walk is another wonderful method of discovering the cultural artistic legacy of South Yarra and the Yarra Valley as a whole. As an all encompassing tour that guides visitors through the most coveted art galleries in Victoria participants can select an art walk tour based on the area as well. Highlights along the way include the Bendigo Art Gallery and Yarra Valley's Tarrawarra Museum. Visitors staying in the Oaks Pinnacle or similar reputed South Yarra hotels can reserve a place on Artwalk Melbourne tour through the hotel.

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Tour the South Yarra Art House Gallery

Tour the South Yarra Art House Gallery

True blue art lovers in search of a space that encapsulates the country's contemporary art scene should stopover at the South Yarra Art House Gallery. As one of the city's premier galleries and cultural institutions the venue is not just reserved for the artistically inclined as it showcases intriguing exhibits by new and emerging artists while displaying more than 100 original works of art by renowned Australian artists.

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Cycling Tour

Cycling Tour

Kicking off from South Yarra there is no better way to uncover the local flavour and culture of Melbourne than on a bike ride across its most curious corners. The Melbourne Bike Tour is an option available to true cycling fanatics in search of a heritage trail covering highlights across the city. Pit stops at iconic landmarks such as the Yarra River, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Albert Park Lake and Federation Square are all part of the package which travels through alleyways and lanes to discover Melbourne off the beaten track.

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Take to the Skies on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take to the Skies on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Perfect for couples and those with an adventurous spirit and a budget to match hot air balloon rides across the Yarra River is another popular activity in South Yarra. Exploring all of Melbourne's key sights including the Albert Park Formula 1 racetrack and Shrine of Remembrance from a bird's eye view most balloon tours in Melbourne (if not all )conclude with a scrumptious meal and a glass of champagne.

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Visit Herring Island

Visit Herring Island

Only reachable via boat Herring Island is a stunning natural landscape of 3 hectares on the Yarra River. Located between South Yarra and Richmond the breathtaking island also houses a statue park as well as exotic variety of flora within its lush confines.