On ya bike

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Ex­plore the best scenic cy­cle trails in town

NAV­I­GATE THE CIT Y’S twists and turns with these scenic bike paths across Mel­bourne. With its well rid­den tracks, beau­ti­ful river paths and sweat-in­duc­ing hills, Mel­bourne’s prime for a bi­cy­cle takeover, so sad­dle up and clip in.

Li­ly­dale to War­bur­ton Rail Trail To­tal dis­tance: 40km one way Level of dif­fi­culty: Medium This his­toric trail is great for city slick­ers who wanna go bush. Fol­low­ing the path of the old rail­way line through the Yarra Val­ley, the trail kicks off be­hind Li­ly­dale Rail­way Sta­tion, me­an­der­ing be­side scenic bush­land, winer­ies and farm­land. It’s well looked af­ter too – just be weary of the hordes of walk­ers and horse rid­ers that flock here when the weather’s good. If the dis­tance scares you, make a week­end of it and stay overnight in War­bur­ton be­fore rid­ing back the next day. Main Yarra Trail

To­tal dis­tance: 22km one way Level of dif­fi­culty: Easy-medium Start­ing in Eltham, this trail is a pretty sat­is­fy­ing ride to­wards Fair­field that fol­lows the flow of the Yarra. It’s flat most of the way with loads of leafy cor­ri­dors to pass through. Closer to the city the trail is sealed and your nec­es­sary pit stops in­clude the Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art and the colo­nial-era Fair­field Boathouse for some scones.

St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay

To­tal dis­tance: 13km one way Level of dif­fi­culty: Easy It’s easy to for­get how close we are to Bass Strait when we’re holed up in the CBD. Get some ocean breeze up in ya with this scenic tour that starts at St Kilda Beach and hugs the coast­line as it trav­els south­east around the bay. Bonuses in­clude no big hills and In­sta-wor­thy views while you pedal.

Merri Creek Trail

To­tal dis­tance: 21km one way Level of dif­fi­culty: Medium Start­ing at Dights Falls and wind­ing its way across the city to the West­ern Ring Road, this trail is easy to ride. Run­ning along Merri Creek, the path goes through Brunswick and past CERES en­vi­ron­men­tal park with only a cou­ple of steep stretches that both Ly­cra-clad and skinny jean week­end rid­ers can han­dle.

Cap­i­tal City Trail

To­tal dis­tance: 29km loop Level of dif­fi­culty: Easy-medium Rid­ing this cen­tral loop has long been a pop­u­lar op­tion for Mel­bourne cy­clists. Con­sist­ing mostly of sec­tions of other trails, in­clud­ing the Merri Creek, Yarra Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and In­ner Cir­cle Rail Trail, the loop passes land­marks like South­bank, Mel­bourne Zoo and the Royal Botanic Gar­dens. Jump off wher­ever you please.

Cap­i­tal City Trail

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