Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River used to get a bad rap, if you can believe it.
Years back, even as recently as the early 90s, it was assumed to be a petri dish of foul matter and nefarious substances drained in from rubbish-strewn streets. The Gardner tells me how he was an entrant in the Yarra Swim back in the day and that, during the race, someone who, ah…shall we say, had ceased to be, was spotted floating in reeds by friends and family following along. He says the swim was canceled after only two or three runnings. Funny that!
Anyway, fast forward to now and the Yarra is a picture of health. The State Government has, in the meantime, cleaned and revitalised the river so that today it’s a beautiful green corridor meandering through the city to Port Phillip Bay. While taking these photos, I saw a family of ducks happily swimming and quacking among the reeds. A definite improvement!
During yesterday’s super sunny preview of Spring, there was no better place to be than by the river in a spiffy wrap dress.