Yarra River looking towards Hoddle Bridge

Waterways make a significant contribution to Melbourne's landscape and liveability. Melbourne's two main rivers are the Yarra and the Maribyrnong.

Yarra River

The Yarra River is one of Victoria’s most iconic waterways, integral to Melbourne’s identity and the liveability of the city.

Learn about how the Yarra River is being protected for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations

Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River is a unique environment and a resource for Melbourne's western and northern suburbs.

View our plans for the Maribyrnong River and its surrounds

Strategic policies

Plan Melbourrne

Plan Melbourne is a strategy to manage Melbourne's growth and change over the next 30-40 years. Plan Melbourne also provides guidance on the future planning of our rivers.

Healthy Waterways Strategy

The Healthy Waterways Strategy outlines the role Melbourne Water will play in managing rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region.

Victorian Waterways Management Strategy

The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the policy direction for managing Victoria's waterways and aims to maintain or improve their condition.

Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy

The Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy applies to the Port Phillip and Western Port region and aims to strengthen the health and resilience of the region's natural environment.