Whether you buy into the celebratory day of love that falls on February 14 or not, there’s no better way to spend time with a loved one than on a bike ride together. It evokes a childlike sense of joy and adventure, doesn’t require a reservation, and let’s be honest, it's a cheap date.
So, for those who haven’t made plans yet for this weekend, we’ve listed some of Melbourne’s top romantic bike rides (romance is of course optional). You can thank us later.
Yarra Trail: Fairfield to Heide Museum of Modern Art
Starting at Fairfield Park Drive in Melbourne’s north east, this 10km green corridor passes through parks and alongside golf courses, with Yarra River views ahead and city views behind you.
Head through Banksia Park to Heide Museum of Modern Art for an inspiring experience of art, architecture and social history – then relax on the grassy museum grounds or head to the stylish Heide Café. Date day/night sorted.
St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay
Lovers are drawn to the beach, and there’s plenty of that on the coastal bike path from St Kilda Beach, through Brighton and Sandringham, to Half Moon Bay. This 13km journey is flat and easy (if not a little busy sometimes) with beautiful views of the bay that will ignite the flames of love in the hardest of hearts.
Gardiners Creek Trail
It’s hard to beat the serenity of Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs. From Box Hill to Burnely along Gardiners Creek there is 17kms of path tucked away from the traffic, with plenty of patches of greenery to pull up for a picnic. Stop by Blakes Coffee Window in Glen Irish for a treat!
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
Escape the big smoke this weekend on an adventure through the vine-covered hills and native forest of the Yarra Valley. This iconic 38km rail trail is well-maintained and clearly signed, with too many postcard-perfect views and excellent spots to start, stop, rest, eat, drink and relax to mention here.
Bellarine Rail Trail
Starting in Geelong and running though numerous scenery changes, from suburban streets to rolling farmlands and the coastal views of Swan Bay, this ride makes for the perfect day trip for you and a special someone.
The full length of the trail is 32km, but you can jump on and off as you please. Best part is, the trail runs beside the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway, which is happy to take bicycles on their trains if you want to jump-on/jump-off and rest the legs.
The Capital City Trail to Abbotsford Convent
Of course, no Melbourne trail list is complete without referencing the 30 kilometres of car-free path that loops around inner Melbourne. It is a circuit, so you can start and stop wherever you want.
But if you’re looking for a bit of romantic tour, perhaps consider the 13kms from Federation Square in the CBD, cruising along the Yarra to the Abbotsford Convent – where you can rest in the shade of the heritage listed Convent building and gardens, or visit one of the many cafes and studios on site, including the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Feeling inspired to enjoy this weekend on the bike?
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