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Seekers Places Special Series: Kye’s Best Cycling Routes of Melbourne (Naarm)

November 29, 2023

By now you are likely aware that our Laboratory Manager and Technician, Kye is a cycling enthusiast. To celebrate spring he collated and curated his favourite rides in Melbourne/Naarm (and beyond) to share via Seekers Places socials. Each route starts and ends in Fitzroy but you can get started from wherever you are or draw from the great bike tracks included in each ride. We’ve detailed the routes below with each title having a clickable link to a Strava map for navigation but we highly recommend perusing @seekersplaces to see more of Kye’s photos from the rides and an overview of each track map. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just want to take in some scenery, we have the track for you.

#1 Warm Up: Just for the Espresso

This 20km track will take you on a loop through the inner north; riding through Melbourne Uni’s Tin Alley, across Royal Park and along the Upfield path passing Melbourne Zoo. You’ll end by going through Princes Park and along the Merri Creek Trail. This warm up ride is perfect for anyone wanting a nice, scenic cycle track as it’s mostly on cycling paths and no steep hills.

#2 Moderate Spin: The Merri Moonee

This scenic number will take you on a 43km loop of the Merri Creek Trail and connect you to the top of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. Perfect for an active day out; this track takes you through some scenic natural areas and finishes by taking you back through North Melbourne.

#3 Higher Index: Not Beach Road

Looking for a bit of a quiet ride along the beach? Instead of joining the Beach Road chaos like many other cyclists this season. Go the other way, down to Point Cook via the Maribyrnong Trail. This peaceful track takes you via the bay along 83km of sealed cycling track.

#4 Broader Horizons: Dirty Donna

This all-day feat is for adventurous cyclists. A 186 km loop out to the Yarra Valley and Mount Donna Buang. You’ll head through Eltham, all the way to Healesville (a great spot for lunch). From there, up to Mount Toolebewong and along the back of Mount Donna Buang to the summit. Be sure to take in the views of the Yarra Valley along the way. This track includes 2,700m of climbing, so be ready for some uphill sections. Careful on the fast descent down the mountain, through Warburton and Lilydale, then home to Fitzroy via the Eastlink.

Many councils have bike servicing and repair workshops as well as repair stations, so check your local council website for how they can support you to keep riding.

We hope we’ve inspired you to explore a little more on your bike, whether it's for fun or to swap out the car for a more sustainable commute.

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