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Cycling

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

    www.goldfieldstrack.com.au

    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.

Bike riding events

  • Around The Bay

    www.bicyclenetwork.com.au

    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

    www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au

    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

    www.bicyclenetwork.com.au

    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

    www.bicyclenetwork.com.au

    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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