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.

Evan Walker Bridge lit up at night with the city in the background.

1. Evan Walker Bridge

A large outdoor mosaic sculpture of an abstract face, in front of the entrance to Southgate, with several tall buildings in the background.

2. Southgate

Crown Melbourne building illuminated at night by gas flares and reflections in Yarra River.

3. Crown Melbourne

People seated at outdoor cafe tables by a river as pedestrians walk past.

4. South Wharf Promenade

A pedestrian walking across a footbridge that features large white arches overhead.

5. Seafarers Bridge

The exterior of historic Missions to Seafarers in Melbourne on a sunny day.

6. Mission to Seafarers

Polly Woodside sailing ship permanently moored at South Wharf.

7. Polly Woodside

Webb Bridge crossing the Yarra River.

8. Webb Bridge

An open structure made up of black poles holding up flat, petal-shaped canopies, surrounded by parkland.

9. MPavilion (Docklands)

Sculpture in Docklands Park.

10. Docklands Park

Large sculpture of an upside-down black and white cow in a barren tree, next to the waterfront and apartments.

11. Cow Up a Tree

Aerial view of Marvel Stadium lit up at night.

12. Marvel Stadium

Yachts and boats moored at the Melbourne City Marina.

13. Melbourne City Marina

People walking past restaurants on New Quay Promenade.

14. New Quay Promenade

Children's playground at Ron Barassi Senior Park.

15. 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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