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Best 5 Bike Rides in Melbourne

From easy laps around the city to challenging coastal treks, we've rounded up the best 5 bike rides in Melbourne. Hopefully you can get out and enjoy one soon!

1. Capital City Bike Trail

Distance: 30km
Where: Melbourne’s inner city
Difficulty: Low

Never leaving a 5km radius of Melbourne’s CBD, the Capital City Bike Trail is perfect for a weekend ride that sticks close to home. Although it’s a circular trail and you can jump on and off wherever you please, a popular starting point is Princes Bridge near Flinders Street Station. Stop off at Abbotsford Convent for cheap vegetarian food at Lentil As Anything and maybe even a quick look-in at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, then recharge with a coffee at North Carlton Canteen. Bonuses are: no big hills and the trail is largely car free (read: stress free).

Capital city Main

2. Around the Bay

Distance: 210km
Where: Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay
Difficulty: Medium/High

This one isn’t a Sunday afternoon jaunt. Around the Bay takes you from Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne all the way to Queenscliff, where you’re advised to hop on a ferry for some dolphin spotting if you don’t feel like swimming the 8km to Sorrento. Make a weekend of it by staying overnight on the Mornington Peninsula, then grab some breakfast at The Sisters Café in Sorrento village and be on your way, eventually finishing back at Alexandra Gardens. This trail can be done anytime, but for a great experience sign up for Around the Bay in a Day, held annually in October.

Around the Bay

Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle Network

3. St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay

Distance: 13km
Where: Station Pier or St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay
Difficulty: Low

Scenic and family-friendly, the Half Moon Bay trail won’t take it out of you but it will provide you with continuous coastal views and a gradient of zero. Easily navigated (just stick to the coast), the relaxing and popular ride will take you past 11 beaches before heading back to St. Kilda Equally as popular is Rollo's Kiosk on Marine Parade – packed with your lycra-clad kin – where we suggest you fill up before embarking.

Around the Bay - Ride On MagazinePhoto: Courtesy of Ride On Magazine

4. Hobson’s Bay Coastal Trail

Distance: 24km
Where: Skeleton Creek, Altona to Williamstown
Difficulty: Low/Medium

Wetlands, water birds, beaches and bay: the Hobson’s Bay track is one to amble on and soak up the scenery. Upgraded a few years ago, this trail now boasts 3-metre wide paths and is marked out with cutesy nautical-themed signs and information about the area. The wetlands at the mouth of Kororoit Creek are a magnet for wildlife and you may run into a bunch of twitchers (birdwatchers) as you wind your way to picturesque Williamstown. Before heading back, it’s only right to reward yourself with a stop at Crowded House café, whose motto is ‘Great coffee, good times’.

Cafe

5. Dandenong Creek Trail

Distance: 50km
Where: Outer Eastern and South Eastern Suburbs
Difficulty: Medium

Accessible from many of Melbourne’s southern suburbs, this trail will immerse you in the beauty of the Dandenongs whilst challenging you a little more than some other inner-Melbourne rides. A popular stopping point is Jells Park, where you can rest, buy a coffee and use the toilets. It’s a fun one because you can choose to deviate on many smaller breakaway trails, it’s often quiet and secluded; you’re likely to run into more birds than people here. If you’re a serious cyclist, consider tackling the steep ascent up Mount Dandendong – the effort will be rewarded with speeds of 80km/h plus on the ride back down!

Dandenong Creek

Chat to the friendly team at Reid Cycles in North Melbourne or online about updating your road bike, or get kitted out with must-have pannier bags or even a bike rack for your car to get you on your way.