Perhaps the Melbourne skyline is best viewed from the top, but visitors wanting to zip easily from from galleries to parks and from rivers to stadiums, can grab a share bike and ride the Capital City Trail. The trail starts at the vibrant entertainment hub of Southbank, it winds along the grassy banks of the Yarra River past the Victorian Arts Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, the MCG and Melbourne Park, and the elegant grandeur of historic Como House. Riders can pack a lunch and take a break by the Yarra River.
Down south at Port Phillip Bay, the Bayside Cycling Trail showcases St Kilda’s popular attractions - Luna Park, Acland Street cake shops, St Kilda Pier and kiosk and the Sunday craft market on the esplanade. The trail is easily accessible from east to west. During the weekends and public holidays (10am-4pm), a small punt carries cyclists across the Yarra under the Westgate Bridge. Highlights on the western side of the Yarra include the historic bluestone Timeball Tower and Gem Pier, where the HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public (both in Williamstown), and Scienceworks in Spotswood.
Heading east along with the gentle flow of the Yarra River, the Main Yarra Trail begins at Southbank and ends at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe. The trail can be taken at leisure spanning across 33km (duration: 5 hours). The trail takes riders along sports grounds, golf courses and the precincts on the edge of the parklands through typical Australian bush, wattles and eucalypts.
Beginning at Southbank, the Maribyrnong River Trail showcases the best of west. From Southbank the trail follows the Yarra River past the historic Polly Woodside sailing ship, then skirts the Docklands precinct and runs beside Footscray Road to the Maribyrnong River before winding past Flemington Racecourse, home of the famous Melbourne Cup. The trail will climb slightly to the scenic lookout at Lily Street rewarding cyclists with magnificent views along the river and of the city skyline. Continuing through native bushland and attractive river reserves, the trail passes under towering bridges of the Melbourne-Sydney rail line.
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