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Ride the Yarra River Trail

City >> Yarra River >> Abbotsford Convent >> Dights Falls >> Studley Park Boathouse >> Fairfield Park Boathouse & Tea Gardens

Distance: 22KM one way

The Ride: Bike trail, mostly flat before Abbotsford Convent, with some hills after

Melbourne's Yarra River is a popular bike riding route for both locals and tourists both for it's bike-ability and bush scenery. Head up the river for 10km and you'll feel like you're not even in the city anymore. As you wind your way up through Melbourne's east, you'll discover some hidden gems including multi-arts precinct, the Abbotsford Convent, Dights Falls and Studley Park Boathouse. This route covers 22km one way going as far as Fairfield Boathouse, however depending on your confidence on the streets, you could take more direct route coming back to the city that would only be around 8-9km.

Highlights:

Yarra River

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.

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Abbotsford Convent

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.

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Dights Falls

At the next bend on from the convent is Dights Falls, an artificial weir built on a natural rock bar across the Yarra. The weir was built in the 1940's to provide water for a flour mill. Prior to European settlement, the area was also very important for the indigenous people who used it as a river crossing and a place to trap migrating fish.

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Studley Park Boathouse

The oldest public boathouse on the Yarra houses a restaurant and cafe and is the perfect place to stop and for a leisurely lunch on your way up the river trail. You can also hire out paddle boats and kayaks if you're feeling like taking your active day to the next level.

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Biking Melbourne’s inner city

Southbank >> Shrine of Remembrance >> Sports Precinct >> Parliament House >> Royal Exhibition Building >> Queen Victoria Market

Distance: 14KM (loop)

The Ride: Bike paths and roads with bike lanes. Some hills heading to the north of the city.

Melbourne's status as a 'bike city' is improving every year. The city is constantly adding more bike lanes, and protected bike lanes. This route will take you along bike paths at Southbank, Kings Domain (Shrine of Remembrance) and the sports precinct. Heading north, you can ride up beside Fitzroy Gardens, and take the less busy city streets to Parliament, Royal Exhibition Building and the Queen Victoria Market. For further reference on Melbourne's cycling lanes and routes, click here. If you are not so sure about heading out on to the roads by yourself, why not join our City Tour and be led around by one of our knowledgeable local guides.

Highlights:

Southbank

Southbank is Melbourne's river promenade, stretching from the Victorian Arts Centre on St. Kilda Rd to the end of Crown Casino at Clarendon St. It's here you'll get Melbourne's 'European city' vibes, as cyclists and pedestrians share a path lined with bars, restaurants and street performers.

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Shrine of Remembrance

Located on St. Kilda Rd, and not far from the Royal Botanical Gardens, is Victoria's greatest monument. The Shrine of Remembrance was originally built to remember the 19,000 Victorian lives lost in the 1st World War. Today it stands as a memorial to all wars in which Victorians both served and died. While you're here, climb the stairs to the balcony and take in the magnificent views of Melbourne. Shrine tours are held daily at 11am and 12.45pm.

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Sports Precinct

Melbourne's magnificent sports precinct, located a stone's throw away from the Yarra River, is where you'll find our most important religious site, the Melbourne Cricket Ground! Also here is the world famous Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis every January.

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Parliament House & Royal Exhibition Building

At the top end of the Melbourne CBD there are many historical buildings worth checking out. At the intersection of Bourke and Spring St is the grand building of the Victorian Parliament, tours run daily when parliament is not sitting. Further to the north at Carlton Gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building. Built for the World Fair in 1880, this impressive building was also home to the first sitting of Australia's Federal Parliament in 1901.

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Queen Victoria Market

The 'Queen Vic' is the city's largest market. Since 1878, this bustling site has been providing Melbournians with the freshest local fruit and vegetables, as well as meat, seafood and much more. The market's Food Hall is particularly popular and for good reason, stocking an excellent range of continental cheeses, meats and fresh bread. It's also the place to go for souvenirs - the market houses vendors selling quintessential Aussie products like akubra hats, ugg boots and stubby holders! The market is closed Mondays and Wednesdays. Check opening times here.

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Cruise around hipster Fitzroy & Collingwood

City >> Queen Vic Market >> Carlton >> Fitzroy >> Collingwood >> Sports Precinct >> City

Distance: 13KM (loop)

The Ride: Some up and down, mostly roads with some bike paths

Fitzroy and Collingwood are two inner city suburbs situated just north of the Melbourne city center. This is one of Melbourne's most creative, most lively and definitely most hipster areas. Known for it's many bars and restaurants, vintage shops, small fashion boutiques and flourishing arts scene, Fitzroy and Collingwood are two areas you won't want to miss - and the best way to see them is by bike, of course! On the way, we suggest you check out the fresh produce and quality continental food at Queen Victoria Market and ride through Melbourne's little Italy, Lygon St., Carlton.

Highlights:

Queen Victoria Market

The 'Queen Vic' is the city's largest market. Since 1878, this bustling site has been providing Melbournians with the freshest local fruit and vegetables, as well as meat, seafood and much more. The market's Food Hall is particularly popular and for good reason, stocking an excellent range of continental cheeses, meats and fresh bread. It's also the place to go for souvenirs - the market houses vendors selling quintessential Aussie products like akubra hats, ugg boots and stubby holders! The market is closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Lygon St., Carlton

Lygon Street plays an important role in the history of Melbourne's ever expanding and ever diverse culinary scene. This is pizza and pasta central, and the place where the city's famous cafe culture was born, our very own little Italy. On both sides of Lygon Street, you'll find Italian restaurants spilling out on the sidewalk, with some establishments operating here since the 1950s! Lygon St. itself is not such a friendly bike street, so it's best to hop-off the bike and do this strip by foot.

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Brunswick St., Fitzroy

Brunswick Street is possibly the most 'Melbourne' of Melbourne streets! It has trams, cafes, bars, rooftop bars, wine bars, traditional pubs and cuisines from around the world at the many restaurants. Oh, and to top that you're definitely going to spot a bearded hipster or two, so yes, this is Melbourne all in one! Off Brunswick St. on Moor St, you'll find our favourite lunch hang-out, Grub Food Van - check it out!

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Smith St. & Gertrude St., Collingwood

Once a blue-collar area and home to the most famous of Australian Rules football teams, Collingwood has developed into one of Melbourne's most eclectic and colourful suburbs. On the streets of Smith and Gertrude you can find some of Melbourne's best restaurants, bars and vintage clothing shops. There is plenty to see here, and at the other end of Smith St you'll find outlets for many major sports apparel and shoe brands.

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Sports Precinct

On the way back to Freddy's from Collingwood, why not drop by Melbourne's magnificent sports precinct, where you'll see our most important religious site, the Melbourne Cricket Ground! And the world famous Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis every January.

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Ride the Capital City Trail

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.

Highlights:

Yarra River

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.

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Abbotsford Convent

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.

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Fitzroy North

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.

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Royal Park

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.

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Docklands

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!

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Biking to Port Melbourne & St. Kilda

City >> Port Melbourne >> St. Kilda >> Albert Park Lake >> Botanical Gardens >> Yarra River >> City

Distance: 20KM (loop)

The Ride: Flat, mostly bike paths and some roads

This is one of the most popular rides for those renting bikes from Freddy's Bike Rentals. From our shop in Batman Park, it's very easy to get to the bayside. There is a bike path running along side the 109 tram all the way to Port Melbourne, and from there you can just follow the Bay Trail along the shore going to St. Kilda. On your way back to the City or CBD, it's best to check out Albert Park Lake and also the Botanical Gardens. Follow the route map at the bottom of this post!

Highlights:

Port Melbourne

Once an industrial suburb, Port Melbourne is now a very classy part of town! Wander down the main street, Bay St. and you'll find many cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. This is the perfect first stop on your way to St. Kilda. Grab a morning coffee, sit by the beach, and watch the many ships coming in and out of Port Philip Bay.

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St. Kilda

St. Kilda is a hive of activity pretty much any time of the day, throughout the year. It's a backpacker hang-out and no wonder, with a lively pub & band scene and proximity to the beach. Don't miss the legendary cake shops on Acland St, a photo opportunity in front of Luna Park (see pic) and if it's the right time of day, grab a pint at the Espy - a local institution!

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Albert Park Lake

Every March, this quiet, picturesque suburban lake transforms into the race track for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. During the other months of the year you can ride your bike where the F1 cars would race and take in the beautiful surrounds and great Melbourne skyline views.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens of Victoria contain over 8,500 species of flauna is also home to an amazing range of wildlife. Situated close to the banks of the Yarra, the gardens are a must visit in Melbourne, and a perfect way to take in a sunny afternoon. While here, it's worth checking out Victoria's excellent war memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance.

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