Darebin Yarra Trail link

We're constructing a shared path link from Sparks Reserve, Ivanhoe to Main Yarra Trail, Kew East. When opened, it will provide a much needed Yarra River crossing and an important link in the Principal Bicycle Network. This project is another step closer to completion with section 2 starting September 2016.


Project Update - September 2016

Construction of the first section of the trail from Sparks Reserve to Napier Waller Reserve, including two bridges over the Darebin Creek, is finished and will open to the public when the full trail opens. 

Construction on the second section from Napier Waller Reserve to the Main Yarra Trail starts in September 2016 and will be completed by late 2017.

As the trail is being built in a flood-prone environment, an automated flood response system is being installed to ensure the safety of everyone. This will be installed in the second section of the project, to allow the whole trail to be safely opened for use.

Project Background 

This $18 million state funded project will link the Darebin Creek Trail to the Main Yarra Trail. 

The trail features:
  • a three metre wide concrete trail
  • three bridges over the Darebin Creek (notes 1, 2 and 3 on trail map)
  • a cantilevered structure behind the Latrobe Golf Course Maintenance Building (note 4 on trail map)
  • a four metre wide bridge over the Yarra River (note 5 on trail map)
  • security fencing alongside the trail through Alphington Grammar School and Latrobe Golf Course with access to the trail available at Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe and Willsmere Park in Kew East.
It has been a major challenge to design the trail and bridges to withstand flooding. An automated flood response system will help everyone  get off  the trail if a flood occurs.

Trail Map

This map shows the length of the Darebin Yarra Trail link and how it will connect the existing Darebin Creek Trail with the Main Yarra Trail.

A map of the Dareben Yarra trail link construction project, showing where the path and bridges are going to be placed

Engaging with stakeholders

The trail is located within the municipalities of Banyule, Yarra and Boroondara and is being built through private and public land including Sparks Reserve, Alphington Grammar School, Napier Waller Reserve, Latrobe Golf Course and Willsmere Park. 

We are working closely with stakeholders to ensure the  design of the trail is sensitive to the surrounding environment and meets all appropriate standards and guidelines. We've been working with officers from Melbourne Water and the three municipalities through a project working group. We've also been meeting with a stakeholder reference group including members of the cycling and walking community to provide feedback on the design of the trail. 

Contact us

To find out more about the project please contact us. 
Email:  [email protected]
Call:   (03) 9881 8918
Write: Darebin Yarra Trail Link, VicRoads, 12 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East 3151

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