Yarra Moves

Basketball players mid-game at Edinburgh Gardens basketball court

Yarra Moves is our strategy to improve and support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of all people who live, work, learn and play in Yarra.

We want Yarra to be synonymous with active living by:

  • increasing the proportion of population that is physically active
  • reducing sedentary behaviour
  • supporting lifelong healthy habits for optimal health.

At the end of 2021 we asked for your feedback to draft our Action Plan to make Yarra a healthier and more active city.

View Yarra Moves Action Plan

The Yarra Moves Physical Activity Strategy 2021-2031 is a strategic document outlining the objectives, principles, priorities and focus areas for creating change towards active living. This strategy will be used to guide the direction of the Action Plan for the next ten years.

View Yarra Moves Physical Activity Strategy 2021-2031

Physical activity directory

Find all the information you need to get involved in your local sporting club, activities, community groups and much more.

Click the Symbol for clicking to expand window button to see the map legend of the different sports and activities in Yarra.


The importance of being active

Regular physical activity is the second most important factor in promoting good health and preventing chronic disease in Australia behind tobacco control.

The following data from Yarra shows us the need to improve our level of physical activity:

  • 50% of adults meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.
  • Less than 20% of Year 8 students (13 to 14 years old) meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.
  • 40% of adults spend over 7 hours being sedentary each weekday.
  • Only 50% of Year 8 students meet the recommendations for avoiding sedentary behaviour.
Portion of population meeting physical activity guidelines
Physical activity levels Yarra Victoria
Sedentary 2.7%  2.5% 
Insufficient  41.4%  44.1% 
Active 54.9%  50.9% 
Sitting 7+ hours per weekday  40.8%  26.6% 
Sitting 7+ hours per weekend day 11.3%  14.1% 
Source: Victorian Population Health Survey, Department of Health and Human Services 2017

Other ways to move in Yarra: