Whether you’re a lycra-clad speed demon or a leisurely cruiser, Melbourne has a bike trail with your name on it.

If you’re tired of the same old commute or looking to add a dash of pedal-powered excitement to your weekends, you’re in for a treat. Melbourne isn’t just known for its coffee culture and street art, it’s also home to some of the most exhilarating and downright quirky bike trails you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Get ready to saddle up as we take you on a journey through the best bike trails in Melbourne. From scenic waterfront paths to trails that will make you feel like you’ve stumbled into a surreal dreamscape, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop for cyclists of all stripes. So, slip in your helmet, dust off those handlebars, and prepare for a two-wheeled adventure through the city of Melbourne!

<strong>Beach Road</strong>
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Beach Road

For those craving coastal views, Beach Road is a cyclist’s paradise. Stretching along Port Phillip Bay, this route offers stunning waterfront vistas, quaint seaside villages, and a flat, smooth path perfect for both beginners and experienced riders. One of the most popular cycling routes in Melbourne, Beach Road stretches over 23 kilometres of stunning coastline, taking you on a scenic cruise from Port Melbourne to Mordialloc. And with plenty of cafe stops along the way, this is the perfect family friendly bike ride in Melbourne for the weekend!

State Route 33, Black Rock, VIC 3193
<strong>Capital City Trail</strong>
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Capital City Trail

See Melbourne’s city from a whole new perspective with the Capital City Trail. A favourite track for any Melbournian, the Capital City Trail will let you cruise along a scenic 29-kilometre loop around Melbourne’s inner suburbs, giving you a glimpse of the city’s diversity and alternative energy. Along this four-hour circuit, you’ll pass along iconic landmarks such as the Melbourne Zoo, MCG, and even explore the city’s green oases like the Royal Botanic Gardens. A breezy and easy bike trail, the Capital City Trail is one of the best cycling tracks in Melbourne.

Melbourne CBD, VIC
<strong>Dandenong Creek Trail</strong>
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Dandenong Creek Trail

For those after a more substantial ride through Melbourne, make your way down to the Dandenong Creek. Right in the heart of Melbourne’s East, the Dandenong Creek Trail provides 50 kilometres of track through the eastern suburbs, starting in Kilsyth through to Carrum. Taking almost 10 hours to complete from start to finish, this trail provides a diverse cycling ride through parks, wetlands and even suburbs.

Dandenong Creek Trail, Dandenong North, VIC 3175
<strong>Merri Creek Trail</strong>
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Merri Creek Trail

Attention all nature lovers in Melbourne, Merri Creek Trail is calling you to the wild! Across its stunning near 10-kilometre bike track, cyclists will enjoy a windy trail along the Merri Creek, offering a mix of urban and beautiful parklands. Running between Coburg all the way through Brunswick and Fitzroy North, Merri Creek Trail makes it a refreshing cycling escape inside the city.

Merri Creek Trail, Preston, VIC 3072
<strong>Yarra River Trail</strong>
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Yarra River Trail

A cherished Melbourne icon, the Yarra River offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For cyclists, following the meandering Yarra River Trail will take you past peaceful parks and lush gardens, with plenty of spots to simply stop and enjoy the surroundings. One of Melbourne’s best bike trails, this route from Fairfield to Eltham across 22 kilometres offers a bushland adventure few can resist!

Main Yarra Trail, Ivanhoe East, VIC 3079

For those who prefer to travel without any wheels, check out The Top 7 Scenic Walking Tracks around Melbourne’s Yarra River. And why not grab a bite along the way at the 10 Best Patisseries and Cake Shops in Melbourne of 2023.

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Feature image: Southbank, Melbourne. Image via Visit Victoria.