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Where can I get to by bike in Melbourne?
Most cities have recently seen a surge in cycling and there are many reasons why jumping on a bike is the best way to get around a city. Not only is it a treat for the environment, it’s the perfect way to get some exercise while you explore – and it’s absolutely free!
Melbourne has an extensive cycleway network with over 135km of working biking routes available. And as a largely flat city, it’s an ideal place to flex your pedal power. From riverside trails and beachfront promenades to city circulars and beyond, there is something for everyone whether you’re clad in lyrca or rolling fresh out of bed. Grab yourself a friend and jump aboard – here’s the best bike rides in Melbourne.
What you will need
- A bike with working brakes, a warning bell and lights on both the front and back. If you don’t own a bike and can’t borrow one, check out Lime for the perfect e-biking rental solution.
- A helmet that meets Australian safety standards.
- A decent lock – there are many places that you can cycle to, but not around. It’s a good idea to be able to safely leave your bike while you explore.
- The rules. Here’s everything you need to know about cycling in Victoria
Rides from Iglu Melbourne City
Melbourne Zoo (4km) – Just 15 minutes from your cosy bedside, Australia’s oldest zoo is home to a whole world of creatures just waiting to meet you. From elephants and giraffes through to gorillas and crocodiles, there are over 5,000 different animals from over 300 different species on show. Student concessions are available.
MCG (3.5km) – Known locally as ‘The G’, this stadium was built back in 1853 and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Primarily the home of Aussie cricket and AFL, the stadium also plays host to other sports as well as music concerts and cultural events. An Australian icon, it is well worth a visit.
Southbank (3km) – An important cultural destination, Southbank is where many of Melbourne’s leading arts destinations are located, as well as restaurants, bars and retail. Check out the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Arts centre for starters before cruising further along the banks of the peaceful Yarra.
Royal Botanic Gardens (4.5km) – Just moments from the bustle of the city, Melbourne has over 38 hectares of diverse plant life and tranquillity on show. Sloping down towards the river there are over 8,500 species on display across lawns and garden beds. Lock up your bike and unpack a picnic while you check out the largest herbarium collection in Australia, right there on your doorstep.
Chapel Street (6km or just around the corner from Iglu South Yarra) – The undisputed cool kid of shopping streets – and that’s some accolade here in Melbourne – Chapel Street is an eclectic mix of urban chic, boho treats and designer wares. Throw in some hipster bars and eateries and you certainly won’t leave disappointed.
Rides from Iglu South Yarra
Melbourne University (7km) – Give those legs a decent workout and get to uni by bike. This cycle route takes in a section of the Main Yarra Trail that tracks alongside the river, and you won’t have to worry about hanging around for public transport either. Bonus!
Prahran (2km) – Check out your neighbouring suburb for a change of pace and an innovative food scene. Wander through Australia’s oldest food market, browse the stores along trendy Greville Street and don’t forget to check out Greville Record’s guestbook for a who’s who of musical heroes.
St Kilda’s Beach (5km) – The place to be seen on a beautiful sunny day, St Kilda’s Beach is a haven for walkers, joggers, swimmers and bikers alike. Complete with beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay, this little slice of heaven is just 20 minutes pedal time from your door.
South Melbourne Market (5km) – Operating since 1867, this market has come a long way since the days of simple fruit and veg. Today, you’ll find a wide range of artisan produce on display as well as a huge amount of delicious foodie treats. From dim sum and gozleme through to paella and oysters, you certainly won’t leave hungry.
Looking for more?
The Capital City Trail (29km) begins and ends at Southbank and follows the route of the old Inner Circle Railway. Taking in some of the best cultural and entertainment venues in Melbourne, there are plenty of opportunities to hop off and enjoy what’s on offer. Remember, this is a shared pedestrian route so watch out for walkers!
Following the serene Port Phillip bay from Williamstown around to Brighton is the beautiful Bayside Cycling Trail (18km). A mixture of parks and suburbs, this easy track has plenty of vistas and attractions to offer along the way.
For another beachside gem try the St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay (13km) ride – or for more of an adventure, change up the scenery with the Lilydale to Warburton rail trail (38km). This popular route follows the old rail path into the stunning Yarra Valley.
Image by Graham Denholm via Time Out Melbourne