Getting around Melbourne by bike is a breeze. For people who are beginners to cycling, there are plenty of community organisations that offer supported rides. There’s also a wide range of great trails to ride, full of scenic views, great coffee, rich nature and sprawling farmland. Don’t hesitate to jump on a premium bike and make one of these your newest adventure.
Here are our top 5 rides in Melbourne to try.
1. Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
The Yarra River Valley and the Yarra Ranges will be your backdrop as you wind your way along this track starting at Lilydale Train Station. What more could you ask for? It’s a memorable track that you’ll be recommending friends to for a long time to come. Best enjoyed on a premium gravel bike, the experts at The Cycling Fix are here to help.
It winds through rich farmland, lush fern gullies, quaint cafes, and towering forests on its 40-kilometre journey to Warburton. Once there, you can stop in at the Warburton bakery and enjoy a bakery treat or sausage roll to fuel you for the ride home.
With the gentle gradient, this trail is great for new riders or those who want a relaxing ride.
2. Capital City Trail
Taking in coffee, wildlife, and immaculate gardens, this 30-kilometre trail tours Melbourne's trendy inner-city suburbs. It’s close to home for the city dweller and a nice change of scenery for those living further out. This trail is best enjoyed cruising along on a premium electric bike!
Early in the morning on a weekend is the best time to hit this trail when there are fewer commuters and road traffic. The trail is filled with scenic spots, so be sure to take a break at one and enjoy a well-earned coffee.
3. You Yangs Mountain Bike Trails
There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping trails in the You Yangs for adventure lovers and experience seekers. This is a great place to hit up if you have the right bike and the right safety equipment.
There are two sections, the Kurrajong Plantation and the Stockyards. A premium mountain bike is the best way to enjoy both!
For first-timers and experienced riders alike, Kurrajong Plantation trails are perfect for improving speed and skills. Running over earth berms, bone-shaking rock gardens, and dirt jumps, weave your way through the Sugar Gum plantation at your own pace (a safe one we hope).
4. Moonee Ponds Creek Trail
There's something for everyone on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced rider, you can give this one a crack. The dedicated cycling and walking trail crosses Moonee Ponds Creek and winds around Tullamarine Airport before finishing at Travancore.
Various flora and fauna live in the creek. Keep your eyes peeled! In the past, surveyors and pioneers used it to get water for their settlements, so it has an interesting and rich history to explore as well.
It's also fun to make a loop if you're feeling adventurous and you’re on the right premium bike for you. Any hesitations, come see the experts at The Cycling Fix. Continue on the Merri Creek Trail after connecting with the M80 trail to head back to Melbourne!
5. Hobson Bay Coastal Trail
Make your way west towards Williamstown, the maritime historical district. Along the 23-kilometre trail, you'll pass sandy beaches, marshes and coast reserves, and pass under the West-Gate bridge. It’s a trail you can take at your own speed but a long one at that, so we recommend starting early and maintaining a fairly steady pace. A premium electric bike from The Cycling Fix will have the wind in your hair!
To cool down after a long ride, visit Williamstown for some ice cream, or take a walk around Cheetham Wetlands, and don't forget to pay attention to the view of the city skyline!
Get out there and get exploring!
Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced rider, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne.
For the most enjoyable ride, you’ll need the right gear. Get in touch with the experts at The Cycling Fix today so you’re set to have a blast on your next adventure.