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The Best Bike Paths in Melbourne for Weekend Cyclists

From the city to the bay, these are Melbourne's best bike paths to cycle along.

Merri Creek Trail, Abbotsford
Merri Creek Trail, Abbotsford

From urban streetscapes to winding riverside paths, dusty bush tracks and oceanfront promenades – Melbourne is a bike lover’s paradise, if you just know where to ride. So ready your activewear (or, at the least, slip on a pair of sensible shoes), hone your form and get on your wheels. There’s a whole city out there waiting for you to explore. And to get you started, take a ride along the best bike paths in Melbourne.

*It goes without saying, in light of the current COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in, you should pick a location close to home, practice good social distancing while out and about, and organise your outdoor exercise during off-peak times. Be sure to follow the Victorian Government website closely for updates!

yarra river promenade, south yarra
yarra river promenade, south yarra
Capital City Bike Trail

Perfect for city slickers, the Capital City Bike Trail is just the thing for a weekend activity that comes complete with light exercise and engaging scenery. A circular trail that sticks within a 5km radius of the CBD, highlights include a visit to Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm as well as local icons such as Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Best of all, you can hop on and off the 29km path wherever you please.

Southbank, Melbourne

Maribyrnong River, Footscray
Maribyrnong River, Footscray
The Maribyrnong River Trail

Starting at Southbank, this winding 28km riverside path follows the Yarra on to the Maribyrnong passing a number of iconic local sights such as the historic Polly Woodside ship and Flemington Racecourse. The real highlight, however, is arriving at the beautiful Brimbank Park complete with dramatic cliffs, wetlands and river red gums – the perfect spot for a well-earned picnic.

Southbank, Melbourne

merri creek trail, abbotsford
merri creek trail, abbotsford
Merri Creek Trail

Lush, green and dotted with native plants and weeping willows, it’s easy to forget you’re in bustling cosmopolitan Melbourne while you’re cruising along the picturesque 21km Merri Creek Trail. There are plenty of dreamy picnic spots along the way and countless stops worth parking your bike for, such as Brunswick’s CERES environmental park and the lovely Coburg Lake Reserve.

Dights Falls, Abbotsford


St Kilda
St Kilda
St. Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay

Few things are more quintessentially Melbourne than bright and buzzy St Kilda. Soak up this vibrant suburb’s atmosphere by bike, then continue on along the bay with the wind in your hair and salt spray hanging in the breeze. This scenic 13km seaside path is flat coasting all the way, until you find yourself at the spectacular cliff-fronted Half Moon Bay.

St Kilda Beach,  St Kilda

Heide Gardens & Sculpture Park
Heide Gardens & Sculpture Park
Banksia Park to Heide

For those who like their bike riding with a side of culture, this lovely low-key 5km track takes you through leafy Banksia Park to the brilliant Heide museum – one of the country’s finest artistic institutions. Winding along the Yarra River, you’ll pass gums and teeming fruit trees to arrive at the museum’s impressive sculpture park­ – the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Banksia Park, Bulleen

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (Photo credit: railtrails.org.au)
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (Photo credit: railtrails.org.au)
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

If you like your rides long and surroundings picturesque, then this 40km trail that runs past vineyards, stunning mountain scenery, farmlands and forests is just the thing. Following the path of the historical railway line through the vineyards of the Yarra Valley, what better way to reward yourself for all that hard work than with a local drop.

Lilydale Railway Station, Lilydale

The Main Yarra Trail

The glistening Yarra River is a Melbourne icon, and this charming 22km trail will take you along its banks all the way from Eltham to Fairfield. From teeming bush land right through to the Fairfield Boathouse ­– this popular ride provides an insight into life on the water, from native birds to megaphone toting rowers.

Eltham


Discovered all the best bike paths in Melbourne and looking for more things to do? If you're an avid walker, we have the round-up of the best scenic walks in Melbourne and the top hiking trails across Victoria for you to explore for yourself.