Picking just one cycling route in Melbourne is no easy task. Even picking five for this blog post has been a challenge. Known for its vast array of scenic trails and terrain, Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs are teeming with great cycling trails just waiting to be explored. Here’s just a few of our favourites.
If you’re looking to head out on a longer, more scenic ride then this trail that follows the Yarra River from Eltham to Fairfield is a must. It’s a bit on the longer side at 22km, so those of you taking your electric bike for a spin should keep an eye on the battery, but this is a ride well worth slowing down for. A beautiful, serene trip down the riverside (yes, the Yarra can actually be beautiful, believe it or not).
For those who’d like to tour the Victorian capital, this is the trail for you. Winding through iconic Melbourne landmarks, this 30km city loop is perfect for visitors to the city and hardened enthusiasts looking for a quick workout. Highlights include Federation Square, Melbourne Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.
A ride that balances urban scenery with natural surrounds, the Maribyrnong River Trail in the city’s inner west is a beautiful way to spend a few hours. Running around 22km from Footscray Rd to Brimbank Park further north, it’s a largely flat ride barring a few hilly moments near Essendon West (though these shouldn’t a problem for e-bike enthusiasts). Early risers will be joined by rowers on the river.
There’s a group of you chomping at the bit for something more in the challenge department, we can feel it so here it is -- the Lilydale to Warburton Trail. A 40km long run that will test your cardio level, your leg strength, and battery, the result is a ride through truly gorgeous scenery. You’ll pass through the Yarra Valley vineyards, turn-of-the-20th-century architecture and forests. Bliss.
Maybe a marathon isn’t what you were after. How about something very quick and fun? The Banskia Park-Heide Trail is a short, 5km run that will take you down to the Yarra, and up into Heide Sculpture Park. Perfect for a picnic or a lovely diversion from a longer ride.
These are just a few of the many, many incredible cycling tracks throughout Melbourne. There are so many more. What are some of your favourites? Help give your fellow e-bikers a few ideas and sound off in an email to us!