Yarra Bend Park Archaeology Discovery Walk

Join a guided walk with heritage experts from Parks Victoria, Heritage Victoria, and Alliance Archaeology to learn about the management of the archaeological remains of the former Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum and the extent of what is still under our feet at this popular urban park.

Yarra Bend Park conceals the tangible history of early government institutions, including the first dedicated institution for mental health in Victoria, the Metropolitan Lunatic Asylum (later known as the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum). The demolition of many of the buildings in the 1920s left the footings and other remains (structure and artefacts) untouched below the ground. This walk focuses on how recent development works have been managed to protect the significant archaeology and what was revealed during archaeological excavations at the park. It will begin with a presentation which includes an opportunity to view artefacts found during these excavations before a guided walk focusing on areas of archaeological interest.

Duration approx. 1.5 – 2 hours
15-20 minute presentation in the PV Yarra Bend office, and a walk to four outdoor locations (approximately 1.5 km)

For questions or enquiries please contact:

Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register 

Event date

Event Details

Yarra Bend Park, Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield VIC, Australia

Meet at The Parks Victoria Yarra Bend Office, Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield.



Entry fees:
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Parking is available at the office, located behind netball courts which is referred to as Fairlea Reserve on Google Maps.