Known as Saltwater River before its present name came into common usage, the Maribyrnong River has played a major role in the occupation and development of western Victoria.
The river runs for 160 kilometres from its source on the slopes of Mount Macedon near Lancefield and flows through Keilor North, Keilor, Kealba, Sunshine North, past Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, Flemington, Footscray and Yarraville to Port Phillip Bay.
The Maribyrnong catchment covers 143 square kilometres and yields an average annual flow of 120,000 million litres. Melbourne Water provides more information about the Maribyrnong catchment, its flora and fauna and the health of the river.
Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley Inc aims to prevent misuse and degradation of the Maribyrnong Valley and to assist in its rehabilitation by raising public awareness, particularly of those living in nearby municipalities, of the great recreational resource and potential of the Maribyrnong River and its valley.
As the second major river in metropolitan Melbourne, the Maribyrnong plays a very important part in Melbourne's recreation, providing opportunities for boating, cycling, fishing, walking and nature lovers.
Parks Victoria provides more information on the parks and reserves along the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
Bicycle Victoria provides more information on the 28 kilometre Maribyrnong River Trail, which is a good bicycle ride for kids or anybody else who isn’t comfortable riding in traffic.
The Maribyrnong River Valley Project (MRVP) is a regional planning initiative to protect Melbourne’s precious Maribyrnong River for future generations. More information about the project is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development, Maribyrnong City Council and Moonee Valley City Council.