The best known bike trail, Capital City Trail, which might be a little long for the novice bike rider, however you can opt to do sections of the trail based on your needs and/or riding ability.
Capital City Trail – 29km
check out the Youtube clip to get an idea of the complete trail though it is done in reverse.
St. Kilda to Half Moon Bay – 13km approx.
The bike trail starts at St Kilda beach and takes you on a gorgeous coastal ride with views of the Bay. The trail is great for those experiencing Melbourne for the first time. It is suitable for families and the novice bike rider as it is fairly flat, however it can be busy especially on the weekends.
Check out the YouTube clip to get an idea of the terrain!
St. Kilda Cycles
Yarra Trail (City to Fairfield ) – 18 km approx.
We have ridden many times along this section of the trail (see images above) and is a great area to explore with kids. The bike trail takes you along the iconic Yarra River, give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way.
The section of most interest for families will be around the suburbs of Abbotsford and Collingwood Children’s farm. Take a break at the historical Abbotsford Convent, where you can explore and rest for lunch at the gorgeous cafe and or the weekend market.
Alternatively you can stop the Collingwood Children’s farm (they have their own cafe too, right along the bike path) and the kids can say hi to the animals (see Melbourne Top 10 with Kids)
Lysterfield Park– Lake Circle Trail – 6.25 km
Lysterfield Park offers families an excuse to get out and explore a little further afield. Located south east of the City, the area is home to many bike trails, including the bike course trail, used during the 2006 Commonwealth games.
The park offers a range of rides and experiences including the family friendly Lake Circle Trail.
The added bonus is that you also canoe in Lysterfield Lake and/or swim in the two specially designated swimming bays.
*Note you have to bring your own gear to canoe and/or sail as you can’t hire those locally.
Trail Mix offers bike hire (min. age 10+ years for bike hire) and they also run a cafe at Lysterfield Park.
Maribyrnong River Trail – 28 Km
The trail follows the Maribyrnong River and takes your through Melbourne’s north western suburbs. The trail offers an easy to moderate ride. The ride takes you past the Docklands, the Polly Woodside Museum (sailing ships), and to Brimbank Park perfect spot for a rest stop.
If you are in Melbourne for an extended period of time or live here, there are also great rides further afield and one our family challenge list is to do one of the rail trails in country Victoria.
Alternatively if you don’t want to organise a day of bike riding yourself, why not join an existing bike tour.
- Rentabike @ Federation square in the city offer bike riding tours of Melbourne (min. age 12 + years)
- Urban Adventures – Bike about Tours (min. age 6+ years). Note that Urban Adventures are an affiliate
- Freddy’s Bike Tours
Below are some useful links
Reid Cycles – Best 5 bike rides in Melbourne
Rail Trails Australia
Hope you get a chance to try out one of the trails, feel free to leave a comment or tips on any of the above.