Main Yarra Trail ramping up at Gipps Street

Monday 11 April, 2022

Plans are progressing to create an accessible walkway and cycle path at Gipps Street in inner-east Melbourne, with Parks Victoria requesting tenders for construction of this major upgrade on the Main Yarra Trail.  

The Main Yarra Trail is one of Melbourne’s most iconic tracks, following the Yarra River (Birrarung) from the north eastern suburbs to the city. Currently, the trail meets steep steps at Gipps Street in Abbotsford, presenting an obstacle to cyclists and walkers and a barrier to anyone with limited mobility.  

The project will replace the steps with an approximately 150 metre-long, curling elevated walkway and bicycle path which will follow a gentle gradient, enabling all users to enjoy a continuous journey along the trail.   


A drawing showing a path on a ramp leading up from a river

The design of the new ramp to replace the infamous Gipps St steps. Credit: Parks Victoria

The project will also involve extensive revegetation along the river embankment and environmental improvements such as new trees, garden beds and a lawn area with seating at the Gipps Street connection.  
The elevated walkway will dramatically improve how cyclists and people with prams and accessibility requirements can use the trail and enjoy nature right in the heart of the city. 
The Main Yarra Trail between Fairfield and Federation Square is an 18-kilometre journey frequented by cyclists and walkers in Melbourne. Highlights along the Main Yarra Trail include Dights Falls, Collingwood Children’s Farm and Abbotsford Convent, and Yarra Bend Park. The shared pathway at Gipps Street also makes up part of the 29-kilometre Capital City Trail around Melbourne’s inner north. 
Works are expected to commence on the project later this year, subject to on-ground conditions. 
Melbourne’s Metropolitan Trail Network, which includes the Merri Creek Trail, the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, the Inner Circle Trail, and the Main Yarra Trail, contributes to a unique transport network along Melbourne’s Yarra River corridor for cyclists and pedestrians.  

Quotes attributed to Haya Aldaghlas, Acting Regional Director Southern and Maritime, Parks Victoria

“Users of the Main Yarra Trail have been keen to see improved accessibility and connectivity, so we’re excited to be closer to delivering a dramatically improved and far more accessible experience for all.” 
“The addition of an elevated walkway at Gipps Street will provide opportunities for more people to get active in nature and soak up the ambience of the Yarra River along the trail.” 



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