City >> Yarra River >> Abbotsford Convent >> Fitzroy North >> Royal Park >> Docklands >> City
Distance: 30KM (loop)
The Ride: Mostly flat with some undulation, 90% bike path
The Capital City Trail is a shared path for bikes and pedestrians that loops for around 30km around Melbourne. It starts at the Yarra River heading east then north, crosses Melbourne's inner northern suburbs to Royal Park and then ends up in Melbourne's newest area by the water, Docklands. It's a great way to spend a day in Melbourne, and see the variety of scenery the city has to offer. Along the way, there are many worthwhile stops including the Abbotsford Convent, the Melbourne Zoo at Royal Park and the 'very Melbourne' neighbourhoods of Fitzroy North and Brunswick.
The Yarra River is the most prominent river in Melbourne. From it's source in the Yarra Ranges, the river runs west, snaking it's way around Melbourne's north eastern and cutting it's way through the city center to it's mouth at Port Philip Bay. The bike trail that runs along the river is a popular bike commute for many Melbournians. Sea and smell the Eucalypt trees as you head up the river and get a taste of the Aussie bush without leaving the city.
With it's prime position on the Yarra River, the convent is an easy stop and must-do when completing the Capital City Trail. The convent is an ex-monastic site home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. Next to the convent is the Collingwood Children's Farm, featuring cow milking and guinea pig cuddling, it's a great place for families.
Head along to Fitzroy North after the Merri Creek trail section and you will find a classic Melbourne suburb, filled with cafes and restaurants. Here you can check out intact Victorian and Edwardian era terraced housing. If you're planning a picnic along the way, head to Piedimonte's Supermarket, a local grocer that stocks plenty of continental and locally made products.
Royal Park is the largest inner-city park in Melbourne and is situated at the North western tip of the trail. Highlights here include the Melbourne Zoo, a 9-hole golf course and a nature playground. The trail cuts through the western side of the Park, the hilliest section of the Capital City trail.
Melbourne's newest business hub is home to some of Australia's biggest companies and banks. It's also a great place for shopping and dining. You'll even find Australia's biggest ice sports center and Olympic training venue here. Ride along New Quay and take in the city views. This is a good place for an ice cream stop on the way back to Freddy's!