Have fun, feel great and spend time with your family and friends. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in parks. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride or a downhill adrenalin rush, Victoria's parks can cater for your needs.

Start at Southbank and you have several cycling options that will take you to a park. Ride alongside the Yarra River to Yarra Bend Park on the Capital City Trail. The trail is smooth and flat, making it a great way of seeing Melbourne. The full circuit is just under 30 kilometres, so after exploring Yarra Bend Park you can continue your loop back to Southbank. Take the Maribyrnong River Trail to Maribyrnong Valley Parklands. The track is 28kms one-way, but you can start at any of the parks along the way. Wherever you begin, make sure to leave plenty of time to explore Brimbank Park. Here you can enjoy picnics, fishing, canoeing and bird watching, all set within peaceful parklands surrounded by prolific birdlife. Take the Main Yarra Trail and ride through the Yarra Valley Parklands. The flat path is 33kms and ends at Westerfolds Park.

On the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, pass through Stony Creek Backwash and Cheetham Wetlands. Along the way, make sure you stop off at Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve and Point Gellibrand Heritage Park. Stretching 49kms, The Dandenong Creek Trail is a great way to explore the Dandenong Valley Parklands. The path runs through Jells Park, where you can enjoy wide open spaces, or stop off for a spot of birdwatching at one of the bird hides. Explore Fort Nepean and the Quarantine State of Point Nepean National Park by bike. You can bring your own or hire one from Bayplay. For all bike hire inquiries, availability and bookings visit bayplay.com.au/play/bike-riding

Parks with cycling tracks

South Channel Fort in Port Philip part of the Point Nepean National Park.

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean has played an important role in shaping the early settlement and defense of Australia. Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape.
A family share a picnic while a father and son play with a model aircraft in the background.

Jells Park

Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open spaces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
A couple row a boat on the yarra with four inquisitive geese near Studley Park Boat House.

Yarra River

The Yarra River offers a multitude of picturesque settings. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jettys. In addition, there are trails and paths which cater for cyclists, walkers and joggers.
Four friends walk alongside the Yarra River through Yarra Bend Park.

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife while strolling or biking its many trails. Stop for a picnic, walk your dog or play a round of golf.

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Get more into nature

Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.


Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain biking

Explore parks on two wheels with mountain bike trails to suit most experience and fitness levels.
A couple run through the bush and leaves at Lysterfield Park.

Trail running

Get active and healthy in nature by taking your exercise fitness routine outdoors to one of many park running trails.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.


Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
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