Melbourne's Best Bike Rides
Ride the coast, get riverside views, enjoy a face-paced workout or have a leisurely ride through the city - there's a bike trail that fits any type of holiday experience you want to have. Here are a few of our favourites:
It's hard to find a city in Australia more bike-friendly than Melbourne. Because of the emphasis on cycling here, there's no better way to get introduced to the city than on two wheels. Whether you are a couple on holiday, travelling solo or bringing the whole family, there are cycling trails of all skill levels that can help you enjoy the city that much more. Want to save even more money with your HomeAway rental? Skip the rental car and get great views of Melbourne from your bike.
Bike the Bay
If you are a budding Tour de France racer (or like to think that you are), you can take the challenge of biking the entirety of Port Phillip Bay. According to Weekend Notes, you can begin and end your ride at Alexandra Gardens, complete with a breather on the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento. Although this ride may be quite challenging due to the winds off of the water, the views of the bay to your right can serve as a welcoming inspiration to make it around the bend.
Capital City Trail
If you want to beat the lines, feel like a local and really enjoy all of the sights, hop on the Capital City Trail, which takes you through many of Melbourne's best sites. You can see a lot in Melbourne with two wheels on this ride, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Victorian Art Centre, Melbourne Park and many other attractions along the Yarra River. This trail follows the old Inner Circle Railway, which also leads you to many other major Melbourne highlights, most notably, the Melbourne Zoo and the Docklands precinct. The tide is tranquil and flat most of the way, making the Central City Trail an excellent option for a romantic ride or family excursion.
The Maribyrnong River Trail
This easygoing river trail traces around the Maribyrnong River, one of the most stunning in all of Australia. Almost all cyclists of differing skill sets can enjoy a ride on this trail, which starts at Southbank and ends at Brimbank Park. There are many charming spots where you can stop and make a picnic, including Pipemakers Park, where you can check out wetlands and the Living Museum of the West. You can give yourself a pat on the back, or maybe an ice cold beer, after you get to Brimbank Park, which is noted for its river bends and dramatic cliffs.
St. Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay
To take in stunning coastal views with the sea breeze flowing through your hair, you can't do much better than this route. Be sure to grab your smart phone or camera, because there are not much better views of Melbourne's bayside coastal region. The terrain is flat for you and your pedaling, but the great views are what you are going to see most of the way. It's also just 13 kilometres, so this ride can still leave you with plenty of room for the rest of the day's sightseeing - perfect for an afternoon fitness session or a unique way to see Melbourne's coastline.
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
There are several distinct Yarra Valley wineries along the way, which could definitely be an excellent motivator for finishing up those last legs of the ride. Who wouldn't want to reward themselves with a nice glass of wine after a hard day's work on the trail? Although the trail is around 38 kilometres, even novices can finish this trail in one long day trip, so there's no need to worry about your ride taking up too much time away from the city. There are also easy variants, clear crossings and minimal traffic, so biking through the trail is a great way to relax and unwind after dealing with the hubbub of the city.
Melbourne Biking Tips
If you don't want to cart your bike along to your HomeAway accommodation or don't own a bike at all, there's no need to worry. There are several bike hire spots throughout the city, some of which can let you rent your two wheels for around 30 bucks per day. If you don't want to shell out that kind of dough, there is always the Melbourne Bike Share, which can let you roam the city like a local for $2.50 per day - a fraction of what it could cost to rent an automobile.