Avoid the Melbourne traffic and ride around the bike-friendly city instead. From fast-paced city cycling to leisurely rides by the sea, Melbourne’s range of incredible bike rides caters to all desires and fitness levels.
Cruise Melbourne and its surroundings at your own pace with these great routes!
1. Southbank to Docklands via Port Melbourne
Discover Melbourne’s attractions with this ride that links old and new. Starting at Federation Wharf, cross the historic Sandridge Bridge (Australia’s first rail bridge), before heading to Station Pier in Port Melbourne – an important arrival point during the gold rush.
From there, ride through Westgate Park nature sanctuary and pass the Scienceworks Museum before arriving at Docklands.
This ride takes one to two hours (20km) and is great for beginner (green level) cyclists. More information.
2. Beach Road and beyond
With winding roads, gentle hills and stunning beachside scenery, the Beach Road and beyond ride is one of Melbourne’s most popular. Ride through St Kilda passing sea baths on one side and Luna Park on the other. Then, continue on through suburbs lined with great cafes and shops.
Finally, there’s one last slog up Olivers Hill and Humphries Road before a fun downhill slope back to Frankston. This ride can get busy with cyclists and is best for intermediate (blue level) cyclists. It takes two to four hours (100km). More information.
3. Werribee and Point Cook
This ride takes you out of bustling Werribee and along steep red cliffs that dramatically frame the river below. You’ll pass historic homesteads and grazing land before reaching Point Cook. Take a look at the RAAF Williams Point Cook base, then head inland along wetlands and end the ride by following the river downstream.
This two- to four-hour ride (62km) offers great variety and is recommended for advanced (black level) riders. More information.
4. The Boulevard Burn
After Beach Road, The Yarra Boulevard is the second most popular training ride for devoted and recreational cyclists. It avoids traffic lights, has moderate climbs, and has plenty to look at along the way. Choose your speed for a hard workout or a more relaxed cruise, and make sure to enjoy the striking views across the river valley to the city skyline.
This ride has a few trail options depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. It takes one to two hours (24km) and is for intermediate (blue level) riders. More information.
5. Geelong – the You Yangs mountain bike ride
Feeling like something a bit more extreme? This ride is a great introduction to mountain bike riding. The You Yangs Regional Park has 50km of purpose-built tracks made by mountain bike enthusiasts. For beginners, there are two routes: the Lumberjack and Plantation track. These routes are labelled as easy, but still provide a fun experience zig-zagging through the eucalyptus trees.
There are two more tracks for experienced cyclists. They require good technical skills – with extreme descents and tight single tracks they are not for the faint-hearted. More information.
6. Australian Garden
This easy (green level) ride is enjoyable for people of all fitness levels. Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as koalas and wallabies, as you wind your way through bushland, wetland, and grassland surrounding the Australian Garden.
Warning: watch out for snakes as well as furry, cuddly creatures. This ride takes less than an hour and is approximately six kilometres. More information.
7. Maribyrnong River to Brimbank Park loop
This loop of either 24km (short version) or 32km (long version) is great for sight-seeing. Starting from the Docklands and following the Maribyrnong River, you’ll pass a number of attractions including Flemington Racecourse and Pipemakers Park.
You’ll then meander up to Lily Street lookout for magnificent views over the city, before a quick descent towards Brimbank Park via the historic tea gardens.
This ride has a variety of trail options and is suited to all cycling abilities. More information.
8. Williamstown to Altona Loop
This ride will have you believing that you’re hours from Melbourne’s CBD when really you’re only a few kilometres away. Beginning in historic Williamstown, ride along the coast past beautiful beaches, wetlands and coastal reserves.
Enjoy views across Port Phillip Bay, do some bird watching as you pass Jawbone Conservation Reserve, and check out the sea creature sculptures at Altona beach.
This one- to two-hour ride (41km) is great for intermediate (blue level) cyclists. More information.
So there you have it. Melbourne is home to many great beaches, rivers, national parks and forests – perfect for all your cycling adventures!
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