Cycling Melbourne

If you've thought about going cycling Melbourne is the place to do it..........

.........It’s a really popular past-time here. I'm always amazed how many cyclists there are on Beach Road, Bayside every weekend.

There are four highly recommended bike routes within the inner Melbourne area, all of which I believe are relatively flat...........

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..........I’ve written brief details below of where the routes go but you can get full details of the routes with maps from the Melbourne Visitors Centre in Federation Square.

Now I must admit that I haven’t cycled these routes myself yet as my wife can’t ride a bike (well, not very well anyway!) so I’m waiting for my daughter to get a bit older and then I’ll cycle them with her.

Make the most of the trails by allowing plenty of time to stop at the free attractions and art exhibits you’ll pass along the way..........

..........And take along a rug and picnic to eat in the gorgeous gardens or along the leafy riverbanks.



The routes are:

1/ The Main Yarra Trail, a 33 kilometre 5 hour cycle one way from the mouth of the Yarra River to Templestow running alongside the Yarra River for most of the route.

2/ The Bayside Trail, an 18 kilometre cycle from Point Gellibrand to Brighton along the shores of Port Phillip Bay. A small punt carries walkers and cyclists across the Yarra under the Westgate Bridge (it runs weekends and public holidays, 10am–4pm).........

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........The trail continues through landscaped Westgate Park and then by the beach all the way to Brighton, through Port Melbourne, Albert Park and cosmopolitan St Kilda.

3/ The Maribyrnong River Trail, a 28 kilometre 3 hour trip discovering the fascinating past and beauty of the Maribyrnong River on this easy ride from the centre of Melbourne to Brimbank Park, a natural haven nestled in a sheltered river valley.

4/ Capital City Trail, a 29 kilometre 4 hour trail starting at the vibrant entertainment hub of Southbank. It winds along the grassy banks of the Yarra River past the Victorian Arts Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, the MCG and the elegant grandeur of historic Como House.........

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..........Other highlights along this cycling Melbourne route include the Burnley Gardens, Dights Falls and Yarra Bend Park, with its native bushland, popular boathouses and excellent public golf course..........

..........This trail follows the route of the old Inner Circle Railway through Royal Park, home of the world-renowned Melbourne Zoo, before heading back along Moonee Ponds Creek to the exciting new Docklands precinct, past the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and Melbourne Exhibition Centre back to Southbank.........

...........You'll find a number of drinking fountains have been placed around this trail approximately every 2 kilometres which is a good idea.



You can also find details of these routes at www.bikely.com - just enter the name of the route in the search section. Be careful when looking for the Bayside Trail on Bikely.com though – the last time I looked different sections of it were listed and some just go from the city, not Point Gellibrand.




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