Bicycle Network: Where to Ride
Popular riding routes in Victoria.
In Melbourne, the following are popular recreational riding routes:
- Main Yarra Trail (35km from Southbank to Westerfolds Park, Templestowe)
- Capital City Trail (29km loop around Melbourne)
- Maribyrnong River Trail (30km from Brimbank Park to Docklands)
- Bay Trail (25km Altona to Westgate punt or 42km from Port Melbourne to Carrum)
- Anniversary Outer Circle Trail (18km from Malvern East station to Fairfield Boathouse)
- Darebin Creek Trail (Darebin Parklands to Bundoora Park)
- Dandenong Creek Trail (Carrum to Jells Park and Bayswater station)
- Merri Creek Trail (Dights Falls to Pipeworks Market, Campbellfield)
- Moonee Ponds Creek Trail (Woodlands Park and Tullamarine Airport to Docklands)
- Freeway paths (Western Ring Path, Hallam Path, Craigeburn Bypass path)
- Westgate punt (crosses the Yarra River, linking Bay Trail West to the Bay Trail)
For more details and more rides, check out Bike Rides Around Melbourne by Julia Blunden (Open Spaces Publishing) which has 30 great rides with good directions and clear maps. Bike Path Victoria also has some good maps of rides around Melbourne and Victoria. You can buy both books from Bicycle Network.
The trails are also all marked in the Melway.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has recently constructed nearly 80 kilometres of new Shared Trails. Most of these paths are shared between cyclists and pedestrians, with a few catering for horse riders too.
Geelong has a number of popular cycling routes.