Melbourne is home to all things trendy, fashion, hipster and foodie. Packed with street art & museums, trams & live music, boutique cafes & shopping galore, it is a great city in which to live or visit. But Melbourne also sports a great number of places for riding your Me-Mover and we have taken the liberty of hand-picking a few of the best for you.
And if you don't have a Me-Mover yet... don't worry... these trails are great for walking & bike riding too.
The Capital City Trail, Melbourne CBD
It doesn't get more iconic than this. The 29km loop of the CBD and inner suburbs passes by Melbourne's historic landmark sites and buildings. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Fed Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Zoo, The Docklands and Southbank just to name a few.
Allow approximately 4 hours to complete the full loop. This flat and car free journey will also take you past a magnitude of coffee shops and cafes in case you need to refuel along the way.
If you were wanting to extend your ride by adding extra loops, the Capital City Trail conveniently links up with other Melbourne bike paths and you can jump on and off the trail anywhere along the loop. You can also use the Moreland Totem Bike Counter to see how many bikes have traveled on the path (the counter is located near the corner of Nicholson Street and Park Street, Carlton North).
Main Yarra Trail
On the Eastern suburban fringe of Melbourne lies this 33km trail along the banks of the mighty Yarra River. The compact dirt path is relatively flat as this scenic trail winds its way passed ancient gums and billabongs, following the flow of the river.
Passing through Yarra Bend Park, Warrigal Park, Birrarung Park and Westerfolds Park this is the perfect Sunday afternoon ride when you want to take it slow and meander. It is also a great way to commute into the city, without ever really feeling like you're in the city! Check out the map then jump on your bike or Me-Mover and enjoy the ride.
The Bay Trail, Brighton to Beaumaris
This route explores all 17km of the Bayside foreshore. Beginning Head Street in Brighton and following the coast down to the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron. It is a fairly easy ride, is paved all the way and takes around 1.5 hours to ride end-to-end.
Passing Northpoint Cafe and it's pirate ship playground, South Brighton Baths and Sandringham Gardens there's plenty of things to see and places to stop along the way. Or you can just cruise the whole length, enjoying the ocean views and soaking up the gorgeous views of the bay.
Easy to navigate, just keep the water on one side and land on the other or download a map which also details an additional 5 loops around the Bayside area. If you're interested in learning about Aboriginal Australian culture along the way, be sure to check out this useful book by Meyer Eidelson.
Merri Creek Trail
Another waterfront trail, the Merri Creek Trail has some of the prettiest views out of those on our list. Majority of the 21km follows the creek closely through parkland and is well suited for a relaxing ride.
Beginning at Dights Falls near the junction of the Yarra river and Merri Creek and extending past Coburg Lake Reserve, the Brunswick Velodrome and CERES Community Environment Park. The southern end of the trail meets with the Yarra Trail and then eventually to the Capital City Trail, while in the north it connect with the Western Ring Road Trail. The ride is pretty easy going and well access by public transport. Find more information and download a map from Moreland City Council.
Arthurs Seat, Wonga Gate to Summit
Arthurs Seat State Park is located 60km South of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. This 3km climb winding upwards to the highest point on the peninsula is sure to get your heart pumping. Apart from a couple of short, flatter sections, this is a consistently steep climb with a gradient averaging 10%. The hard work is rewarded with astonishing views from the top. The descent from Arthurs Seat should be taken cautiously as the sharp corners sneak up quite quickly when descending at speed.
For those of you not up for the climb, Arthur's Seat Eagle is a relaxing 14 minute gondola ride to the top so you can still experience the stunning views. Though we think the hard work makes the views that much more rewarding! To make a day of it, why not take the pleasant circuit walk to Kings Falls or visit the delightful Seawinds Garden or checkout some of the other fabulous trails the park has to offer.
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