Melbourne Paths: Shared (Walking & Bike) Paths

Melbourne Paths: Shared (Walking & Bike) Paths

The City of Melbourne has more than 135 kilometres of on and off-road routes in its cycling network, and more than 2,700 parking hoops located across the municipality.

In 2023, CNN ranked Melbourne in 5th place on its list of the top ten bicycle cities in the world, sharing the list with cities like Copenhagen in Denmark, Antwerp in Belgium, Bern in Switzerland, Leipzig in Germany, Montreal in Canada, San Francisco in the USA, Strasbourg in France, Tel Aviv in Israel and Utrecht in the Netherlands.

There are many walking and cycling shared paths that wind along our waterways and allow you to take in the 84Hundred*.

Whether you like going for a bike ride, a jog or a leisurely stroll, there are many places for you to enjoy.

Before you go, see if there's a Know Your River brochure for the river or creek you're going to visit, to learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the waterway.

Maribyrnong River Trail

This path starts and finishes at Southbank, just over the Yarra River from Flinders St Station, although you could easily join (or leave) it at other points where it comes close to the train line, such as in Docklands, Kensington or Flemington.

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Main Yarra Trail

The Main Yarra Trail starts and finishes at Southbank and follows the Yarra for 35km to the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail in Templestowe, going through Yarra Bend Park, Warrigal Park, Birrarung Park, Westerfolds Park and alongside many golf courses.

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Merri Creek Trail

This path starts at Dights Falls in Yarra Bend Park and winds its way along Merri Creek for approximately 21 kilometres through the northern suburbs to the Western Ring Road Trail.

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Gardiners Creek Trail

This path starts and finishes at Heyington Train Station, Toorak and follows Gardiners Creek for approximately 17 kilometres through the eastern suburbs of Melbourne to Blackburn Train Station, Blackburn.
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Capital City Trail

A popular starting point for this path is at Princes Bridge, near Flinders St Station, and you can go either east towards Docklands or west along the Main Yarra Trail to Dights Falls. A 29-kilometre path that circles the inner city and passes through some eastern and northern suburbs.

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Dandenong Creek Trail

This shared path is approximately 49 kilometres long and follows Dandenong Creek through the outer eastern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
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More biking and walking trails

To find out more about cycling and other cycling trails visit the Bicycle Network website.

* 84Hundred' Reasons to Explore Your Local Creek
Saturday 27 February 2010

A new public awareness campaign is encouraging Melburnian's to discover the delights of the 8400 kilometres of rivers and creeks that flow through greater Melbourne.

TimeOut: The best bike trails in Melbourne

With a few exceptions, Melbourne is a largely flat city, making it perfect for cycling. You don't have to be a Lycra-wearing, Tour de France die-hard to enjoy a bike ride around Melbourne either, with the city boasting lots of trails frequented by both serious and recreational bike riders. Better still, these cycling trails cover everything from beachfront boardwalks to twisting river paths, all but ensuring you have a great day out. Saddle up and clip in!

TimeOut: The best bike trails in Melbourne


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Melbourne Paths: Shared (Walking & Bike) Paths 

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Bicycle Network

Bike Paths & Rail Trail Guides

Victorian Bike Trails

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