Confluence of the rivers

Port Heritage Trail - Site 8 

This is where the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers met, before the building of the Coode Canal.

The Yarra River was relatively shallow and difficult for big ships to navigate. 

In 1879, the Melbourne Harbor Trust appointed English engineer John Coode to create a shorter, straighter canal directly linking Melbourne’s docks. This altered the natural course of the Yarra River. 

A major civil engineering project of its time, the Coode Canal – 800 metres long, 100 metres wide and 25 metres deep – opened in 1886. It created a new water way curving, away to the east, and vastly improved river access to Melbourne.

Port Heritage Trail - Site 8 

This is where the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers met, before the building of the Coode Canal.

The Yarra River was relatively shallow and difficult for big ships to navigate. 

In 1879, the Melbourne Harbor Trust appointed English engineer John Coode to create a shorter, straighter canal directly linking Melbourne’s docks. This altered the natural course of the Yarra River. 

A major civil engineering project of its time, the Coode Canal – 800 metres long, 100 metres wide and 25 metres deep – opened in 1886. It created a new water way curving, away to the east, and vastly improved river access to Melbourne.