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Victoria has an extensive network of cycling paths and trails in both city and country areas. It's a fun and healthy way to explore the state.

Cycling in Melbourne

Melbourne has many bicycle trails, making cycling a great way to see the city or commute to work.

  • The Main Yarra Trail extends for around 35 kilometres, following the Yarra River from Templestowe in Melbourne's eastern suburbs to Southbank and Melbourne CBD.
  • The Capital City Trail provides a good way to see the inner Melbourne area. It is a loop of around 30 kilometres which takes in places such as Southbank, Docklands, Royal Park, the Yarra River, Melbourne Park and the Alexandra Gardens.
  • The Bay Trail is ideal for those who prefer the sight of the sea as they ride. It stretches from Altona Meadows in Melbourne's west to Carrum in the south, a distance of almost 70 kilometres.
  • The Maribyrnong River Trail covers almost 30 kilometres from Southbank to the Maribyrnong River, where it then winds past Flemington Racecourse, Pipemakers Park and ends up at Brimbank Park. Along the way enjoy views of the city skyline and sections of native bushland.

Cycling in regional Victoria

Enjoy bike riding along the many rail trails in Victoria. These former railway lines cover a fascinating range of landscapes and are ideal for cycling as well as walking and horse riding. All rail trails, except the Inner Circle Rail Trail, are located in regional Victoria.

There are also dedicated walking and cycling tracks in various areas of Victoria.

  • Goldfields Track

    The Goldfields Track covers a distance of 210 kilometres, taking in historic mining areas and a variety of natural features. It is divided into three smaller tracks and follows the top of the Great Dividing Range, connecting the cities of Ballarat and Bendigo. The 90 kilometre Wallaby Track starts at Mount Buninyong, passing through Ballarat, Creswick and Daylesford. The 60 kilometre Dry Diggings Track extends from Daylesford to Hepburn Springs and Castlemaine. The 60 kilometre Leanganook Track section links Castlemaine with Bendigo.

Bicycle tours

Join a bicycle tour and let your guide show you the sights on two wheels.

  • Absolute Outdoors

    Absolute Outdoors Go

    This multi-award winning company provides a fantastic selection of adventure activities including canoeing, guided mountain bike tours, mountain bike hire as well as rock climbing and abseiling. Based in Portland and in the Grampians at Halls Gap.

  • All Terrain Cycle Tours

    All Terrain Cycle Tours Go

    Experience the rush of mountain biking in the High Country with the expertise of a highly experienced guide. We offer X-country and downhill mountain bike tours and bicycle hire from half day to multi days trips from Mansfield

  • Freddy's Bike Tours

    Freddy's Bike Tours Go

    Freddy will take you around the parts of Melbourne only a local would know about. This 3½ tour is fun and affordable. Freddy will also let you take his bike out on your own if you so please.

  • Geelong Adventure Specialists

    Geelong Adventure Specialists Go

    We offer an extensive range of outdoor activities and tours around Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast. Try rock climbing at the You Yangs, the Brisbane Ranges National Park near Anakie, or the Werribee Gorge near Bacchus Marsh. Enjoy mountain bike riding at the You Yangs or along the Barwon River in Geelong. Experience day hikes at the You Yangs or trek through the rainforest to several waterfalls near Lorne. Orienteering courses, transport charters and gear hire are also available.

  • Melbourne by Bike

    Melbourne by Bike Go

    Discover Melbourne on a personalised bicycle tour of the city by a local expert, tailored to your interests. Departing from either South Yarra or St Kilda, the tour incorporates many famous landmarks including Crown Casino, Federation Square, the Yarra River, Melbourne's arcades and laneways, Royal Botanic Gardens, MCG and Albert Park Lake.

  • MELTours

    MELTours Go

    Explore Melbourne by foot on a number of guided themed tours covering art, history, laneways and bars. Or try a bicycle tour down Swanston Street and along the Yarra River.

  • Mountain Bike Adventure Tours

    Mountain Bike Adventure Tours Go

    Enjoy an exhilarating day at the You Yangs Regional Park near Geelong. Home to world class mountain biking trails, you can explore authentic native bushland on two wheels, lead by a friendly, experienced guide. A quality bike and helmet are supplied or you can bring your own.

  • Otway E Bikes Guided Tours

    Otway E Bikes Guided Tours Go

    Experience an electric bicycle tour, without the huff and puff. Departing from Beech Forest (20 km from Lavers Hill or 40 km from Apollo Bay), this guided one hour tour is along the Old Beechy Rail Trail to Ferguson and back. Ride effortlessly through beautiful rainforest and take in gorgeous views from the stunning Otway ridgeline.

  • Rentabike

    Rentabike Go

    Located on the riverside level below Federation Square in Melbourne, hire a bicycle to explore the city on two wheels or join a guided bike tour of the city and surrounds

  • Snowy River Cycling

    Snowy River Cycling Go

    Offering exhilarating and fully supported cycling tours through the scenic mountains, forests and rivers of East Gippsland. Tours depart from either Orbost or Cape Conran, near Marlo.

  • Tour de Vines

    Tour de Vines Go

    Experience an easy, gourmet-oriented cycling tour along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail between Beechworth and Bright, stopping at wineries, bakeries and pubs along the way and experiencing local gourmet treats. A cycling tour between Beechworth and the gourmet hub of Milawa is also available.

Bike riding events

  • Around The Bay

    October. First staged in 1994, this ride involves a day of cycling around Port Phillip. Several courses available around the bay, ranging from 20 to 250 kilometres. It is Australia's largest mass participation one day bike ride.

  • Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

    January. This bicycle race is inspired by the European spring classics and is named in honour of Cadel Evans - Australia's only Tour de France winner. Experience a weekend of fantastic cycling with elite one day separate races for men (174 kilometres) and women (113 kilometres) with spectacular coastal scenery around Barwon Heads, Torquay and Bells Beach as its backdrop. The race starts and ends in Geelong at the waterfront Steampacket Gardens. There is also a shorter series of people's rides open to the general public. Spectators are welcome at several designated viewing areas along the course with food stalls and big screens showing live coverage of the race.

  • Great Victorian Bike Ride

    November / December. Run each year since 1984, three ride options are available, extending over 3, 5 or 9 days. The route changes each year and it is a great way to see country Victoria. Support crews are on hand and entertainment is provided along the way.

  • Peaks Challenge

    March. The Peaks Challenge offers a real contest for riders. The 235 kilometre route is right up there as one of the world's toughest cycling challenges in the picturesque Victorian Alps. It consists of a loop starting and ending at Falls Creek, via Tawonga Gap, Harrietville, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and Omeo. The changing weather conditions and vastness of Victoria's stunning High Country will push riders to the limits.

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