Cityscape Bike Tracks: The Best Bike Routes in Melbourne and Beyond

The City of Melbourne’s cycling network has over 135 km of on- and off-road routes. If you’re feeling a two-wheeled adventure, the mostly flat city has plenty to explore. The Victorian capital offers lush scenery, stunning coastal views, and leafy streets to see from your saddle. Whether you’re a first-time rider, a regular commuter or going for a family day out, there’s so much to enjoy on two wheels. Have a look at some of Melbourne’s cycling routes and find the perfect bike trail for you.

A 29km loop circles the Melbourne city center and some inner eastern and northern suburbs of Melbourne. The shared pedestrian/cycle path provides an easy to medium ride perfect for casual riders and families who want to explore the skirts of the city. The loop includes other trails, such as the Merri Creek Trail, Main Yarra Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Inner Circle Rail Trail.

Distance: 29km
Terrain: Paved Path/Road
Est. Ride Time: 1hr 11 minutes
Source: Goolge Maps
Source: The Bicycle Network

If you want an inner-city bike route with beachside bay views, you need to be cruising the Bay trail. The cycle path in Melbourne follows along the coastline of Port Phillip Bay with picturesque scenery from Brighton to Port Melbourne. The mostly flat terrain offers a pleasant, family-friendly ride through shared trails and few dedicated bike trails. This easy bike track in Melbourne is great for riders looking to enjoy pretty coves, cliffs, dunes, parks, bayside views, birdlife, and more.

Distance: 26km (Return)
Terrain: Paved Path/Road
Est. Ride Time: 1hr 3 minutes
Source: Google Maps
Source: The Bicycle Network

One of the lushest bike tracks in Melbourne enjoy leafy green corridors as the path weaves through wetlands, parklands and sporting fields. As a mostly flat, easy ride with only a few gentle inclines, the Gardiners Creek Trail is lovely riding for nature lovers and casual cyclists. Top stops along the way include; the Glen Iris Wetlands, the Markham Reserve playground and sports grounds, and Blakes coffee window.

Distance: 16km (One Way)
Terrain: Trail/Paved Path/Road
Est. Ride Time: 38 minutes
Source: Google Maps
Source: City of Stonnington

One of the nicer Melbourne bike paths, the Merri Creek Trail is a 21km winding route along the Merri Creek bank. Starting at Dights Falls and finished at the Western Ring Road Trail, the trail is a fairly easy ride, with a few road stretches and some steeper sections.

Distance: 21km (One Way)
Terrain: Trail/Road
Est. Ride Time: 1hr 30+ minutes
Source: Google Maps

Part of the larger Hobson’s Bay Coastal Trail, this 16km route takes you through wetland sanctuaries, across wooden bridges, along Altona foreshore and Altona Esplanade. The well-maintained concrete path provides an easy ride for every level cyclist. An almost entirely flat journey with just one short gentle incline means this Melbourne bike path can be taken slow to absorb the scenery or cycled faster for a decent workout.

Distance: 16km (Return)
Terrain: Paved Path
Est. Ride Time: 40+ minutes
Source: Google Maps
Source: The Bicycle Network

A pleasant Melbourne cycling route, the Maribyrnong River Trail follows the river’s edge starting in Brimbank Park and winding through north-western suburbs ending at the Docklands. The mostly flat path includes a steeper downhill section and is a mixture of well-maintained gravel and paved paths. This trail is great for casual cyclists looking to enjoy a nice river ride and quiet leafy streets.

Distance: 21km (One Way)
Terrain: Gravel/Paved Path
Est. Ride Time: 50+ minutes
Source: Google Maps
Source: Freddy’s Bike Tours

This historic trail is perfect for cyclists looking to get out into the bush. The iconic bike path follows an old railway line through the Yarra Valley beside scenic bushland, wineries and farmland. About an hour’s drive from the center of Melbourne, the 38km trail begins on Queen Road, Lilydale and ends in Warburton. The thoroughly scenic trail passes the old railway station at Yarra Junction (now a pioneer museum) and through the towns of Wandin, Woori Yallock, Seville.

Distance: 38km (One Way)
Terrain: Trail/Gravel
Est. Ride Time: 3hrs
Source: Google Maps
Photograph by Robert Blackburn

This casual ride showcases the highlights of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The off-road loop starts and finishes at the popular Jells Park, and follows sections of the Eastlink Trail and Dandenong Creek Trail. The predominantly sealed and smooth terrain does have some compact gravel sections but is east for any level cyclist to navigate.

Distance: 16km (Loop)
Terrain: Trail/Gravel/Path
Est. Ride Time: 40 Minutes
Source: Google Maps
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