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By Tony Mills

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Along the Yarra

I’ve created this book as part of the 2009 Solo Photo Book in a Month project (SoFoBoMo’09). Melbourne, my home town, was founded on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835. Starting from the upper Yarra dam I have endeavored to capture the changing face of the Yarra through to Port Phillip Bay where it enters the sea. Working within the constraints of a Month for the project and Melbourne winter I would have like to have more time to visit a few more locations, but many of the places I did visit brought back childhood memories and specially those spent with my Mother’s Father (my Pop).

All images and content Copyright Tony Mills 2009

All in all it’s been good to try and put together a collection of photos to tell a story, and hopefully help me grow as a photographer.

Upper Yarra Reservoir From the Upper Yarra catchment we begin our journey to Melbourne

Approaching Warburton First stop on the way to Melbourne

Pop’s Bridge As you follow the trail around Warburton there are a number of bridges of varied design. I have always been lead to believe by my family that my grandfather helped build the bridge above.

The river picks up speed

Boat Houses

Closer to the city around Fairfield we find a couple of boat house cafe restaurants. Popular in the summer for a picnic and a leisurely row on the river

Going Batty Just down from the boat houses where the

Yarra Bend Public Golf Course meets the river a colony of fruit bats (Flying Foxes) share the river with the occasional kayakers.

Melbourne in sight The approach to Melbourne along the river is picturesque and belies the busy road running between it and the Royal Botanical Gardens. A popular spot for exercising and the home of rowing for many of Melbourne’s private schools.

Birrarung Marr

This inner city park district is relatively new to Melbourne, opened in 2002. This public space sits nicely between the main business district and the river.

The River lights up at night in Melbourne.

Either Side of the river Above people funnel out of Fliders Street station to the river, south bank at night


Webb Bridge Just past the city is the new Yarra’s Edge development. off by the elaborate sculptured Webb Bridge.

The apartments and Marina are set



Just North of where the Yarra empties into Port Phillip Bay is the Yarra’s largest bridge. The Westgate Bridge connects Melbourne to its western suburbs and Geelong. The bridge was completed in 1978 after it collapsed during construction 1970 killing 36 workers. One of my earliest memories is being taken by my Mother’s Father (Pop) to watch this bridge be constructed.


Pier 35

The Yarra is a major shipping port, here the docks can be seen contrasted against the Pier 35 marina


Like all waterways the Yarra can be a dangerous place. Whether its the Westgate Bridge collapse, or other reasons, the Yarra has taken many lives. Tributes to loved ones such as these can often be seen near the Westgate Bridge.

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All photos taken with a Nikon D90 using either a Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6 ED VR or a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

All images and content Copyright Tony Mills 2009

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A photobook of the yarra river created for SoFoBoMo09