Bayside Rides

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Ride the Maribyrnong River

City >> Docklands >> Maribyrnong River >> Footscray Park >> Kensington >> City

Distance: 23KM (loop)

The Ride: Mostly flat with some hills around Kensington, a mix of bike paths and roads with bike lane

This route takes you to Melbourne's '2nd' river, the Maribyrnong. With bike paths and parks running along the river, the Maribyrnong is just as worthy as the Yarra when it comes to bike-ability. On this ride you'll take in great city views at Footscray Park, see the famous Flemington Racecourse and check out the peaceful, tree-lined inner city suburb of Kensington.

Highlights:

Docklands

Melbourne's newest suburb is a biking haven, with bike paths running from the Yarra River to Footscray Rd. The modern Library at the Dock is one of five public libraries in the City of Melbourne and is worth checking out - even if it's just for the free wifi. You'll find it at the end of Collins St. at Victoria Harbour.

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Footscray

After riding along Footscray Rd you'll probably work up a little hunger. And there's a couple of places we recommend you go! Footscray is a suburb rich in culture, many cultures actually. At Nhu Lan Bakery (116 Hopkins St, opposite Footscray Market), for only $5 you'll find some of the best Vietnamese Bahn Mi in Melbourne. Just down the street is T. Cavallaro & Sons, an Italian pastry shop who are famous for their Cannoli. Don't be fooled by her looks, Footscray is a cultural melting pot you don't want to miss.

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Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River flows through north western Melbourne; though suburbs like Essendon, Ascot Vale and Footscray before meeting with the Yarra and ending at Port Philip Bay. The river's name is derived from an aboriginal word meaning 'salt water river'.

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Footscray Park

From Footscray Park you can get great views of the city skyline. The park also has Public BBQs, perfect for a lunch picnic. Across the river from Footscray Park you'll find one of Melbourne's best known sporting landmarks, Flemington Racecourse, home to the famous Melbourne Cup.

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Kensington

Kensington is the perfect spot for a coffee on the way back from your Maribyrnong River ride and the leafy Bellair St is the place to go. There are a number of options here for your caffeine fix, one of which, The Premises (202 Bellair St.), is run by coffee industry veterans and offers excellent Seven Seeds coffee as well as some tasty homemade cakes.

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Ride to Brighton Beach & Half Moon Bay

City >> Port Melbourne >> St. Kilda >> Brighton Beach >> Half Moon Bay >> Albert Park >> City

Distance: 42KM (loop)

The Ride: Flat, mostly bike paths and some roads

One of the most photographed locations in Melbourne is Brighton Beach. This is due to the colourful beach boxes that line the shore (pic above). Brighton is a great bike ride coming along the Bay Trail from Port Melbourne, especially on a sunny day. And if it's hot enough for a swim, you might want to continue on and check out Half Moon Bay at Black Rock, it's one of Melbourne's best beaches.

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 down the bay. 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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Brighton Beach

A trip to Melbourne isn't complete without a pic outside one of the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. These brightly painted 'day huts' are privately owned and worth up to AUD300,000! Thankfully, taking pictures is free, so you can pretend like you own one for nothing. The boxes can be found at Dendy Street beach, around 6km on the Bay Trail from St. Kilda.

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is often rated one of the best beaches close to the city. The rocky outface and natural setting here make you feel like you're not in a city at all. Stop at the Red Bluff Lookout for some great shots of the bay looking south. It's really worth going here if you can manage a few extra kms on the bike.

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Bike to Williamstown via Footscray or Westgate Punt

City >> Docklands >> Footscray >> Williamstown >> Westgate Punt >> City

Distance: 26KM (loop)

The Ride: Flat, a mix of bike paths and roads with bike lane

Go west! The western suburbs of Melbourne also have plenty to offer, and Williamstown, by the Port Philip Bay is the pick of the bunch; offering historic buildings, alfresco dining and some of the best views of the city skyline anywhere in Melbourne. There are a couple of different options to reach this side of town by bike, you can go via Docklands and Footscray Rd, past the port area, or take the Westgate Punt Ferry Service from Fisherman's Bend, under the Westgate Bridge to Spotswood . On this recommended route, we've included both options.

Highlights:

Docklands

Melbourne's newest suburb is a biking haven, with bike paths running from the Yarra River to Footscray Rd. The modern Library at the Dock is one of five public libraries in the City of Melbourne and is worth checking out - even if it's just for the free wifi. You'll find it at the end of Collins St. at Victoria Harbour.

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Footscray

After riding along Footscray Rd you'll probably work up a little hunger. And there's a couple of places we recommend you go! Footscray is a suburb rich in culture, many cultures actually. At Nhu Lan Bakery (116 Hopkins St, opposite Footscray Market), for only $5 you'll find some of the best Vietnamese Bahn Mi in Melbourne. Just down the street is T. Cavallaro & Sons, an Italian pastry shop who are famous for their Cannoli. Don't be fooled by her looks, Footscray is a cultural melting pot you don't want to miss.

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Williamstown

When arriving in Williamstown, be sure to take the take the scenic bay route along The Strand. At Nelson Place, you'll find buildings dating back to the 1800s. Today they house many restaurants, cafes and boutique shops, it's a great place to spend a lazy couple of hours. Wander across the road to the park and you can walk along Gem Pier, current home of the museum ship, HMAS Castlemaine. At the other side of Williamstown, looking south to the bay, you'll find Williamstown Beach.

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Westgate Punt Ferry Service

The punt service takes bikers from Spotswood on one side of the river to Fishermans Bend on the other side and vice versa. The service runs 6:30 - 9am and 3:30 - 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm on Weekends. For the latest times, please go to http://westgatepunt.com/ or call 0419999458.

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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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