Yarra River Rides

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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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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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