Close to our City Campus lies the banks of the Birrarung Marr. The traditional name of the Yarra River that flows through Melbourne city; 'marr' refers to the mist that sometimes settles over the Birrarung. Loosely the words are translated to 'river of mists'.
The river was called Birrarung by the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people who lived in the Yarra Valley and much of Central Victoria prior to European settlement. Europeans gave the name 'Yarra Yarra' believing that this was the name for the river in the Boonwurrung language. However, it’s believed that Yarra means waterfall, flow, or refers to running or falling water, descriptive of any river or creek in the area. Prior to European settlement the river was once an eel breeding ground alive with sharks, stingrays and dolphins.
Travel to our Footscray campuses via Wurundjeri Way – a 1.9-kilometre road running from the CBD towards Melbourne’s west. The road was named in honour of the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people, Traditional Owners of the region for 65,000 years.