Walking tracks and bike paths

Cycle, stroll or jog along Melbourne’s rivers and creeks and feel a million miles from city life. You’ll find shared paths for walkers and cyclists winding along many of our waterways in and around Melbourne, through lush parklands and urban settings.

Capital City Trail

A popular starting point for the Capital City Trail is at Princes Bridge, near Flinders Street Station. From here it follows the Yarra River east towards Docklands or west along the Main Yarra Trail through urban bushland to Dights Falls.

The path is approximately 29 kilometres in total and circles the city. It passes through some inner eastern and northern suburbs and takes in some of Melbourne’s most recognisable attractions.

More information about the Capital City Trail:

Capital City Trail - Wikipedia

Capital City Trail - Cycle Atlas

Dandenong Creek Trail and EastLink Trail

Built as part of the EastLink motorway, the EastLink Trail is Melbourne’s longest sealed pedestrian and bicycle path. It connects to existing pathways taking cyclists from Carrum right to Melbourne’s city centre through wetlands, parklands and natural bushlands.

After it winds through the Mullum Mullum Valley, the trail heads south to connect with the Dandenong Creek Trail. This 49-kilometre trail follows Dandenong Creek, through the outer eastern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, to Port Phillip Bay at Carrum/Bonbeach.

Find out more about Dandenong Creek Trail and EastLink Trail:

Dandenong Creek Trail - Wikipedia

The EastLink Trail - EastLink

Gardiners Creek Trail

Gardiners Creek Trail is a popular commuter path between Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs and the city. It connects with the Main Yarra Trail or Capital City Trail at the Yarra River.

The return trip starts and finishes at Heyington train station in Toorak. It takes in some beautiful parkland as it follows Gardiners Creek for approximately 17 kilometres to Blackburn train station.

Find out more about the Gardiners Creek Trail:

Gardiners Creek Trail - Wikipedia

Gardiners Creek Trail - Cycle Atlas

Main Yarra Trail

The Main Yarra Trail starts and finishes at Southbank and leaves behind city skyscrapers for pristine urban bushland. It follows the Yarra River for 35 kilometres through Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs to join the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail in Templestowe.

The trail runs through Yarra Bend Park,  Warrigal Park, Birrarung Park and Westerfolds Park in Templestowe.

Find out more about the Main Yarra Trail:

Main Yarra Trail - Wikipedia

Main Yarra Trail – Cycle Atlas

Maribyrnong River Trail

The Maribyrnong River Trail starts and finishes at Southbank. The 25-kilometre trail follows the Maribyrnong River. It tours through Melbourne’s inner west suburbs of Docklands, Footscray, Flemington and Moonee Ponds.

Be sure to pack a picnic to take advantage of the riverside barbecue spots.

Find out more about the Maribyrnong River Trail:

Maribyrnong River Trail - Wikipedia

Maribyrnong River Trail – Cycle Atlas

Merri Creek Trail

The Merri Creek Trail starts at Dights Falls in Yarra Bend Park. The trail winds along Merri Creek for approximately 21 kilometres through Melbourne’s northern suburbs to the Western Ring Road Trail. There are countless coffee and leg-stretching opportunities along the way.

These include the Abbotsford Convent precinct, Collingwood Children’s Farm and CERES community park and café.

Find out more about the Merri Creek Trail:

Merri Creek Trail - Wikipedia

Merri Creek Trail – Cycle Atlas

Merri Creek Trail - Moreland City Council

The parks and paths alongside rivers and creeks are usually the responsibility of Parks Victoria or local councils.

Last updated:
16 October 2017