Exploring Melbourne’s bike paths

With the recent birth of my wonderful, adorable daughter – our first child – there hasn’t been much time or opportunity for adventurous pursuits outside the city.

While neighbourhood pram walks have replaced hikes through the bush, I’ve discovered the planning for those short walks can be just as intense as organising a multi-day walk. Do we have spare nappies, changes of clothes, wipes? Does our route pass shops, toilets, parks? Are there shortcuts to get home in case of emergencies? What’s the weather going to do?

Anyway, every now and then my wonderful wife gives me a day off from parenting duty to indulge in some outdoorsy stuff with friends. I’ve been using that time to explore Melbourne’s extensive network of bike paths. And I’ve been wonderfully surprised with what I’ve found.

Long trails that twist and turn, up and down through bush-lined creeks and watercourses, snake through parks and past sports ovals and change from concrete to gravel to single track. The paths are long and can be linked up to create long circuit rides that take you to far flung parts of the city you may never normally see.

Below is a quick video of a big ride a friend and I did recently. Headed out on the Scotchman’s Creek trail to Jells Park and Eastlink, along the Dandenong Creek trail, out to Paterson Lakes, then back via Beach Road – 83km on mountain bikes. Good times.

Where we went.

Big ride


4 thoughts on “Exploring Melbourne’s bike paths

  1. Jane

    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! How exciting! The adventure of parenting lasts a lifetime. 🙂 How I remember the days of filling up a car with stuff just to take a baby on a holiday. It;s amazing how much they need. Good to hear you are ok and enjoying exploring places closer to home. Great video. 🙂

  2. Dayna

    Congratulations! I’m sure it will seem that your riding your daughter to school in no time.
    Nice ride here, too. Some days it seems that any rides where you come home unscathed is a good one, but then you have rides that are really fun and those are the rides we look forward to 🙂

    1. imahiker Post author

      Thanks Dayna. Yes, looking forward to when I can get a “daddy” bike with a seat on the back for her and we can go riding. The ride in the video was a good one. I especially like going through Jells Park where there’s a cafe to stop at for coffee. Didn’t include it in the video because it was getting a bit long. We also stopped half way for burgers for lunch at Mordialloc. I’m hoping to try heading up into the foothills of the Dandenongs for the next ride.
      I know what you mean about coming home unscathed. That’s one of the things I’m enjoying about these exploratory rides – the paths are mostly off the road and well away from traffic.

      1. Dayna

        You know… a Brompton has a child seat option between your saddle and the handle bars… Great ride, happy daughter, easy storage…

        Just saying. 😉

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