Melbourne is mostly flat and perfect for cycling. It’s a sprawling city with several bustling inner suburbs that are ideal for exploring by bike. Several bike tracks and trails run through the city and its surrounds, which provide a much safer and often more scenic alternative to jostling for position on the roads.
Following the lead of several European cities, Melbourne now has a bike share scheme. Bikes can be rented from several docking stations throughout the CBD. Riders are required by law to wear a helmet.
Our favorite urban bike routes include:
Bayside Cycling Trail
Distance: 18kms/Duration: 2hrs
This flat cycling trail starts in historic Williamstown and ends in the beachside suburb of St Kilda. The highlight of this trail is being carried across the bay on a small punt under the Westgate Bridge. Stop in St Kilda for a coffee, sightseeing and a spot of lunch. If you still want more you can continue along the Bay to the city’s eastern beaches.
Capital City Trail
Distance: 29kms/Duration: 4hrs
This easy cycling trail takes in some of the city’s famous highlights and most lovely parks and green spaces. Setting off from Southbank on the Yarra River, you ride past the Victorian Arts Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park and historic Como House. You can turn back to the city or continue to follow the route of the old Inner Circle Railway (past Melbourne Zoo) and back to the city via Docklands.
Maribyrnong River Trail
Distance: 28kms/Duration: 3hrs
From Southbank follow the Yarra River (west) past the historic Polly Woodside sailing ship. Thread your way through Docklands and along Footscray Road to the Maribyrnong River. A clear trail will take you past Flemington Racecourse (home to the Melbourne Cup), through a lovely park with heritage buildings and onto the stately river red gums and restored wetlands of Brimbank Park.