Southbank and Docklands by bike
See Melbourne from a different perspective – on two wheels! Discover art installations, maritime history and buzzing waterfront restaurants on this cycling adventure through Southbank and Docklands.
Make the most of it with a free accompanying podcast from Storytowns. Download the app (from the App Store or Google Play) and search ‘Melbourne City Podcast Tour’ to get started.
No wheels? No problem. Head to Blue Tongue Bikes in Batman Park or Rentabike in Docklands, or grab one of the Lime e-bikes or e-scooters dotted about the city. Remember to wear a helmet and keep an eye out for bike safety road rules.
This route is 4.4km and takes approximately 1.5 hours by bike, or 2 hours to walk.
1. Evan Walker Bridge
Linking Southgate to Flinders Street Station, this bridge offers one of the best views of the city.
Evan Walker Bridge is named after Professor Evan Walker, Melbourne’s planning minister in the 1980s. As a former architect, he drove the transformation of the Southbank precinct.
As you cross, keep an eye out on the left for a hidden stairway to Ponyfish Island, an outdoor restaurant and bar nestled under the bridge.
Set over three levels, this vibrant restaurant precinct is the perfect place for a pitstop.
The leafy riverfront boasts some of Melbourne’s most scenic dining spots, with views of the Yarra River and city skyline. Try quirky craft beer bar Hopscotch, the riverside barbecue at Ludlow Bar and Dining Room or the sophisticated cocktail bar Left Bank Melbourne.Discover more about Southgate
3. Crown Melbourne
A luxury destination for high end restaurants, global retail brands and live entertainment.
Home to over 30 restaurants and eateries, you can't go wrong with a meal at Crown Melbourne. Keep an eye out for Ging Thai's neon sign for fresh flavours straight out of Thailand. Or for something fancy, book in an indulgent high tea at Conservatory. Looking for more fun? There's also cinemas, escape rooms, laser tag, bowling and karaoke bars.Discover more about Crown Melbourne
4. South Wharf Promenade
Enjoy riverfront views as you cycle along some of Melbourne's best outdoor dining spots.
Hungry? Try the award-winning Boatbuilders Yard for a stylish blend of maritime history and great food. On weekends, head to The General Assembly for free live music.
5. Seafarers Bridge
Spanning the Yarra River, the Seafarers Bridge is an important link for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Named after the nearby Mission to Seafarers, the shape of the bridge is inspired by the sail rig of a Chinese junk.
6. Mission to Seafarers
Once a haven for seafarers, this heritage building now celebrates Melbourne's maritime history.
Featuring a bar, function space and hidden garden, this unique building once offered welfare and church services to seafarers.
Want the full pirate experience? Book in for a cabaret dinner brought to you by Queens of the Damned. Expect a night of swashbuckling burlesque and cut-throat comedy.Discover more about Mission to Seafarers
7. Polly Woodside
Launched in Belfast in 1885, this heritage-listed tall ship is now a maritime museum.
Book ahead if you'd like to go onboard for a closer look.Discover more about Polly Woodside
8. Webb Bridge
Weave your way through a bridge that’s shaped like a traditional fishing trap.
The Webb Bridge is an iconic feature along the waterfront. Designed by artist Robert Owen, it follows the gestural flow of the river.
9. MPavilion (Docklands)
Held annually, MPavilion is Australia's leading architecture and design event. Here you'll find some of the designs from previous years, including Emily Floyd's playful oversized black rabbit 'Signature Work' (2004), the dancing figures of Michael Snape's Continuum (2005) and Amanda Levete’s canopy of 52 resin petals (2015).
10. Docklands Park
Find a shady spot among the native trees to relax.
Keep an eye out for Virginia King's water feature Reed Vessel (2004), and an interactive playground.Discover more about Docklands Park
11. Cow Up a Tree
Facing the marina, 'Cow Up a Tree' (2000) is a bronze sculpture by artist John Kelly. He took inspiration from a story of a Gippsland flood that left cows stranded in trees.
12. Marvel Stadium
Take in one of Melbourne's leading sporting and entertainment venues.
With the ability to host over 70,000 fans, Marvel Stadium is a go-to destination for sport lovers in Melbourne.
Featuring a retractable roof, the stadium plays host to regular AFL and A-League football matches as well as live concerts.Discover more about Marvel Stadium
13. Melbourne City Marina
Stop for a breather while you take in the gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour. If you're sticking around until nightfall, this is the perfect spot to see the city lit up at night.
14. New Quay Promenade
Pull up a chair at one of the waterfront restaurants showcasing cuisines from across the globe. The mysterious collection of draped concrete sculptures by the waterfront are Callum Morton's 'Monument Park'. Offering shady seating or climbing challenges for kids, these architectural miniatures play on some of the city's most recognisable statues and buildings.
15. Ron Barassi Senior Park
A futuristic playground on the edge of Docklands, named after a football icon.
Named after the iconic Melbourne Football Club player, the Ron Barassi Senior Park ends underneath the Bolte Bridge on the edge of the Moonee Ponds Creek.
Imaginative kids will love clambering over the unique playground. They can visit outer space in the rocket ship slide or get to work on the digger in the sandpit. Hot day? Cool off in the water play area.Discover more about Ron Barassi Senior Park
Continue exploring by bike
Connect with the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail behind Ron Barassi Senior Park. It will take you past Docklands Studios and The District Docklands shopping complex. The path beside the creek continues for 25km all the way to Woodlands Historic Park next to Melbourne Airport.
Or ride under the Footscray Road Bridge and link up with the Maribyrnong River Trail. You'll pass the rows of shipping containers at Victoria Dock, and wind through the western suburbs for 25km.
The return journey on the 29km Capital City Trail via Southbank follows the Yarra River through the city and beyond into Richmond, South Yarra and the inner north. At Dights Falls in Collingwood it becomes the Merri Creek Trail, and eventually joins up to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.
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Walks and itineraries
These self-guided walks and itineraries will help you discover Melbourne's best sights.
Hop on a bike and enjoy a spin around Melbourne, a proud cycling-friendly city.
Discover Melbourne's spectacular harbour at Docklands, just minutes from the city centre.
KSR Art Bar
KSR Art Bar is an exhibition space and a bar with live music, fine wine and cheese.