Melbourne: Cycling - Mountain Biking
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Cycling in Melbourne is a joy. There are more than 200 km of bike paths linking major suburbs and generally following the most scenic routes. One great loop is around Port Philip Bay (with a dedicated bicycle ferry across the Yarra River) to the fashionable waterfront suburb of Williamstown.
Once there, you can catch Melbourne River Cruises' hourly ferry service back to the city centre (you can also take your bike on that ferry). Another memorable trek is along the Yarra Trail heading to Studley Park in nearby Kew. The trail winds along the river through parks, reserves and wetlands. The Yarra Trail is not consistently signposted, so you may want to pick up a trail map at the visitors centre. Albert Park and St. Kilda have bicycle-rental facilities that are open daily.
If your idea of riding a bike involves plummeting down mountainsides dodging branches, potholes and boulders, there are trails and off-road options galore. Melbourne is a bike-friendly city, with over 1000km of designated bike paths criss-crossing the city. Head to the High Country and follow one of the bike tracks around Mount Buller. Recover from easy or moderately terrifying terrain, or the most difficult track in the country on the chairlift back up the hill and do it all over again.
Follow an experienced guide through the beautiful Grampians countryside under a star-filled night sky and see the nocturnal animals that inhabit the park.