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Capital City Bike Trail

Taking Advantage of the Bicycle Paths

The Capital City Trail is 29 kilometres, with no part more than 5 kilometres from the city centre. Join the Trail from the city, or the inner suburbs.

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See also: Western Coastal Bike Trail
Art Deco Walk of Melbourne
Another View Walk of Melbourne
Inner Melbourne Parks and Gardens List
Melbourne Environs Parks and Gardens List
Inner Melbourne Historic Sites List
Melbourne Environs Historic Sites List

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Princes Bridge, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 Southbank

Restaurants, cafes and shops between the Yarra River and the Arts Centre Melbourne (previously Victoria Arts Centre).

St Kilda Rd

2 Gardens

The Alexandra and Queen Victorian Gardens and the floral clock lie opposite Southbank and the Victorian Arts Centre and Performing Arts Museum. Further down St Kilda Road lie Kings Domain (with the Shrine of Remembrance) and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The path escews the Shrine and instead travels along the river bank.

Alexandra Avenue
Melbourne Park, Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3 Sporting complex

Continuing along the path to the Swan Street Bridge. Look across the bridge to Melbourne Park with its sporting venues. Behind the Tennis centre is the in the distance is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Yarra Park.

The track follows the river.
Como House, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
4 River views

Either stay on the southern bank and travel past Herring Island and Como House and on to the Burnley Gardens;
or cross the river at Grange Road Bridge to go directly to the Burnley Gardens and the Horticultural College. From there travel north to the Walmer Street footbridge and Studley Park.

Southern bank and Como House or Northern bank

5 Yarra Falls mill district

Across the footbridge at Gipps Street to the Yarra Falls mill district, a hundred years ago a thriving industrial area. The Collingwood Children's Farm is just before the entrance to Johnston Street. Further upstream are Dights Falls, once the site of a water-driven flour mill. See the remnants of the water course.

Merri Creek, Yarra Bend Park, Victoria, Australia photgraph (c) 2005 Ali Kayn
6 Merri Creek wilderness

Leave the yarra and continue north along the Merri Creek. Cross into the Yarra Bend Park either at Trennery Crescent or Roseneath Street to see native bushland and wildlife habitats.

Yarra Bend Park boathouse and ampitheatre
7 Boathouse and Ampitheatre

Detour through the Yarra Bend Park to visit the Northcote Ampitheatre and the historic Fairfield Park and Studley Park Boathouses.


8 Rushall Station

From here you can trace the route of the old Inner circle Railway, now a linear park.

Rushall Station

9 Carlton and Fitzroy

South are the established suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy, popular inner city living for professionals, students and artists. See the Edinburgh Gardens and nineteenth century terrace houses. Great food and shopping in Queens Parade, Brunswick Street, Nicholson Street and Lygon Street.

Royal Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
10 Royal Park and the Royal Melbourne Zoo

Pass through the railway cutting under Royal Parade to the playing fields and grasslands of Royal Park and the Zoological Gardens.

Carlton railway station in Gallaghers Reserve.

11 Moonee Ponds Creek trail

Travel along the north side of the Upfield railway line to Manningham Street. The Western City Link, under construction, will link the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail to Royal Park.

Upfield railway line.

12 The Docklands

Controversial new redevelopment area included by a path that follows the Moonee Ponds Creek to Footscray Road path and Victoria Dock.

Moonee Ponds Creek

13 Southbank

Travel to the Melbourne Convention Centre and the Southbank precinct . On the north bank is Batman Park, the Banana Alley vaults, or cross the river and the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and the Exhibition Centre, known locally as Jeff's shed after the ex-premier Jeff Kennett.

Southbank precinct

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