Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
North: Darebin Creek Trail
The Darebin Creek runs from the north of Melbourne to the Ring Road in Bundoora (outer section). From there the creek flows south past La Trobe University to join the Yarra in Alphington (inner section). The Darebin Creek Trail is not yet continuous - see box opposite.
We're through to Sparkes Reserve
May 2013 The Heidleberg Road underpass is now open and ready for use.
(Thanks for the photo Ken)
Riders heading west from the Boulevard or on Heidelberg Road will now be able to turn left and south into Sparkes Reserve and travel north up the Darebin Creek Trail without crossing Heidelberg Road. The carpark in the Reserve can now be a base for riders heading north.
The completion of the boardwalk was delayed by the need to replace the hinges at the bottom of the fence. If a flood sweeps over the boardwalk, pins in the base of the fence will snap and the fence will swing onto the trail.
The Darebin Creek Trail travels north from Sparkes Reserve for over 30km. Currently the trail is closed underneath the Metropolitan Ring Road and there is a short on-road section in Reservoir.
The section south of Sparkes Reserve is part of the Darebin Bridge Project.
Darebin Creek Trail all but complete
September 2012 We are pleased to announce that the last missing link in Darebin Council’s section of the Darebin Creek Trail has been completed! Adjacent to the Bundoora Park Golf Course, the section between Clough Parade and Gronn Street now benefits from a sealed path, connecting the Ring Road to Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.
Show your appreciation and say thank you to Darebin City Council for their contribution to connecting the trail. Click here for a link to email Darebin Mayor and Councillors.
In other news, Banyule have started construction of their last section of the trail under Lower Heidelberg Road into Sparks Reseve (as shown in photograph).
The permit renewal applications are in the mail as Banyule, Yarra and Boroondara reaffirm their support for the Darebin Bridge.
Now all eyes point toward the State Government. We need to let the Baillieu Government know that it is time to progress the critical Darebin Creek Bridge missing link.
You can write to the Baillieu Government to remind them of the importance of the Darebin Crerek Bridge connection.
You can find out more about the Darebin Creek Bridge campain on our information page by clicking here.
Small section of path remaining to be built
3 May 2010 There is but a small section of path left to complete the northern section of the Darebin Creek Trail in Epping. The map below shows the approximate alignment of the remaining 750m section to be built.
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Path open from Bundoora to Alphington
Nov 2010 Bridge and path works at Darebin Road and Tyler St are now complete meaning that the Darebin Creek Path is now rideable from Bundoora to Alphington.
The finished bridge at Tyler St. Thanks to member Ian Slack for the photo. Ian says: "The access from the South is now quite good but the Northern approach whilst vastly improved could have been better designed with a better approach angle."
New bridge works on Darebin
15 April 2010. The Darebin Creek path will be closed briefly at the end of the month when a new bridge is installed at Tyler Street.
The City of Darebin will close the route while the old bridge is removed an replaced.
Riders should use the alternative route via the Wood St Bridge shown in this map.
The timeline for closure is the 27th of April until the 5th of May.
Alternative route from the Wood St Bridge –
East side - along the creek path on the East side
West side – Wood St, Greenbelt Avenue, Tyler St.
22 Oct 08
The underpass and ramp up to the north side of Darebin Rd is now complete and open to ride.
The section of path north of Darebin Rd up to John Cain reserve will be complete by February 2009.
Sep 08 Now it's the carpenter's turn.
Scoop and Muck are hard at work
June 08 Have a look under Darebin Road, work is underway (Photos 6 June).
The underpass is underway
April 08 Darebin Council has approved works at Darebin Road to connect two sections of the Darebin Creek path underneath Darebin Road. Mel 31 C7 This will connect the trail from John Cain Park in the north to the Darebin Parklands.
The project is being jointly funded by the Council and Parks Victoria and will cost $759 000.
In this financial year Stage One will build a ramp to Darebin Road and a boardwalk under the bridge. This will cost $520 000. Scheduled completion in June 08.
Next financial year - and immediately after Stage One, Stage Two will construct a concrete path north to John Cain Park and associated landscaping works. This section will cost $239,000 and is scheduled for completion in October this year.
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Please write and say thanks
We encourage members in Darebin to log on to your home page where you will find the contacts for the Mayor and your local State member to send them a thank you note.
You can send thanks to the Minister with responsibility for Parks Victoria with this link.
These thank you notes are always read and considered so it is worth putting in a bit about how you plan to use the trail when it is improved and why it will make a difference.