Darebin Bridge (Darebin Yarra Trail link)
The Darebin Creek Trail now links to the to the Main Yarra Trail via six bridges.
The Darebin Yarra Trail link is one of the most controversial, protracted and hard-fought campaigns in the history of Melbourne’s bike community.
Previously, the southern end of the 17km-long Darebin Creek Trail stopped before connecting to the Main Yarra Trail and its 35 kilometres of off-road riding and extensive path-network connections.
Now that the Darebin Bridge is built and open, the Darebin Yarra Trail link connects six of our most popular trails: the Darebin Trail, the Metropolitan Ring Road Trail, the Main Yarra trail, the Outer Circle or Anniversary Trail, the Koonung Creek Trail and the Capital City Trail
It’s great for students at a dozen schools riding every day, from both sides of the river. It opens a new, convenient car free route to La Trobe University. It will be perfect for CBD workers who want to commute by bike.
The bridge opens up 600km of bike paths all over the metropolitan area.
If you live in Yarra or south of the river in Boroondara, Whitehorse and Manningham you will be able to get across to the Darebin parklands, Latrobe Uni and the Western Ring Road.
Bicycle Network, our members, local BUGs, residents and the wider bike riding community have campaigned for 24 years for this connection against local opposition and long-time opponent, Boroondara council.
Since 2004, our website has recorded every bump in the road, set back and most importantly win and funding announcement on the road to getting the bridge built.campaign history
1989 – User survey showed strong support for bridge
1993 – Lower Darebin Creek concept plan adopted.
1993 – Golf club agrees to allow the trail through.
1995 – BVNews article calls for the bridge to be built
1997 – BVNews reports state funds are solid.
1997 – Boroondara approves plan and funding
1997- Locals object to Tribunal claiming it is a ‘pristine area’. Objection thrown out and permit awarded
1998 – LaTrobe Golf Club refuses to sell land to the trail.
1999 – Boroondara planning approval lapses and is extended
2000 – Minister Thwaites commits to Public Open Space zoning for the trail and bridge
2001 – Boroondara refuses to extend planning approval
2002 – Boroondara endorses Willsmere Park Management Plan and bridge
2002 – Golf Club to “fight tooth and nail” against trail
2004 – Concept design completed by Parks Victoria
In addition to state government bodies, many community groups and local residents have invested years of effort to bring about this vital part of Melbourne’s infrastructure. Following is a list of the bridge’s champions and defenders over the years:
Banyule Bicycle User group
Boroondara Bicycle User Group
Darebin Bicycle User Group
Yarra Bicycle User Group
Community Coalition for Darebin – Yarra Bridge Trail:
Alphington Primary Safe Route Committee
Darebin Bicycle User Group
Darebin Creek Management Committee
Darebin Parklands Association
Friends of Darebin Parklands
South Alphington and Fairfield Civic Association
Where are we at?
On Sunday 25 March, veterans of the campaign converged on Alphington to be among the first to ride the magnificent new structure over the Yarra.
Approximately 1,000 locals, BUGs and people riding bikes of all ages came to Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe to celebrate the opening of the long-awaited link.
For the first time, the Darebin Creek Trail now links through to the Main Yarra Trail, connecting up two vital bike routes, which in turn connect to other popular trails.
The new bridge over the Yarra, and other new bridges and shared trail along the Darebin Creek, opens up recreational riding and commuting to vastly more people.