Capital City Trail, Melbourne
If you’d like a different view of Melbourne, then jump on your bike with a friend and cycle along the Capital City Trail. The 27km trails bend and wind around the Yarra River, consisting of mainly smooth flat paths, which is a great way to see Melbourne by bike and get fit at the same time!
The trails start at Southbank and weave its way around the Royal Botanic Gardens, the MCG, Burnley Gardens, Dights Falls and the Yarra Bend Park. To continue on, you follow the old inner circle railway through Royal Park, Moonee Ponds Creek towards Docklands, keep on pedalling past the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and cross the finish line back at Southbank. This trail is a great for beginners as it gives you plenty of options to cut the ride short or just stop along the way and enjoy the views from the many local cafes & restaurants!
DOCKLANDS TO POINT COOK, MELBOURNE
This is a favourite route at Wheel Women because it is flat all the way, takes in beautiful scenery and also provides a train line the whole way for emergencies, as well as plenty of excellent coffee stops and ice cream vans.
Starting at Pearl River Rd in Docklands, the route heads west along Footscray Road towards the Marybirnong Rover, where it crosses to the west bank. Following the path along Whitehall Street (or diverting to the river bank along Maribyrnong Street), follow the path until it reaches Somerville Road. The path will then swing left onto Hyde Street - you can follow this along the inlet of the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers from the Bay, and under the Westgate Bridge. You'll be right beside the water and can keep following this path into Williamstown, past the yachts and the swans!
Stop for a coffee in Willy before taking off again and staying on the path at Nelson Place…this just keeps going and going and you won’t need to do anything but follow the path all the way to Point Cook. The route will take you across the beach front, maybe even through some sand on the path on a windy day and you'll even ride through the wetlands at the Rifle Range. It super gorgeous and totally flat. Return route: 65km, or stop at Willy for a shorter ride.
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DOCKLANDS TO RICKETTS POINT, MELBOURNE
If you’re looking for a beach ride but not game to join the lycra warriors on beach Road, then join a Wheel Women ride for the alternative. The route follows the bike path all the way from Docklands to Rickett’s Point in Beaumaris. It’s very pretty and has a few small undulations, but it can be prone to some strong winds.
Starting from Pearl River Rd in Docklands, take the bike path straight up to Harbour Esplanade and follow it onto the Jim Stynes Bridge. The path will keep directing you across the Seafarers Bridge a little further up and past the Polly Woodside tall ship. Follow the path through the SouthWharf shopping area to Normanby Road. You’ll see the bike path ahead and it follows the tram route all the way down to the beach at Port Melbourne. Once you reach the tram terminus (and ship terminus ahead of you) at Port Melbourne, turn right onto the bike path. You can follow this all the way to Ricketts Point for a lovely lunch at the cafe there, or stop at one of the many cafes along the way. The path undulates a little but it’s worth the ride. Distance: 56km return.
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LYSterfield MTB Trails, Melbourne
If you and a friend are looking to get into mountain biking, then Lysterfield is a great place to start! Lysterfield hosts a wide range of trails that cater for beginers through to advance riders. It also has some great trail runs for all the runners! Trails range from 1km – 6km sections that link up to each other to form rides that can be as short or as long as you like.
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