UPDATED! Change of starting location (due to Run Melbourne)!!
This month we’re re-visiting a ride that we did earlier in the year; Melbourne’s Outer Circle rail trail.
Not quite as well-known as the Capital City Trail (which is a full loop), only a small section remains of the Outer Circle train line. As the trail’s name implies, we’re going to have to travel out into the suburbs to get to it; but thankfully not too far.
Where: Meet at Federation Square now meeting at Melbourne Museum (Nicholson St side) or East Malvern Station.
When: ~10:00am Melbourne Museum, ~10:40am East Malvern Station
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
From Federation Square the Melbourne Museum, we will follow Main Yarra Trail upriver to Burnley, then cross the river to Kooyong. From here we will follow Gardiner Creek Trail south-east to Malvern East. Gardiner Creek Trail is quite pleasant, pretty flat, and easy to follow.
Roughly opposite the East Malvern Train Station we will pick up the Outer Circle Rail Trail and turn north again. The trail leads us through the suburbs of Ashburton, Camberwell, Deepdene, and Kew East, passing several “ghost stations” along the way. There are a couple of hills on the route, but we will take them as they come!
A nice stop for lunch might be at the Fairfield Park Boathouse, on the Yarra River. From here we will take Merri Creek Trail back to Green Park, and Canning Street south back to the city.
Here’s also a link to the map on Google. I realise the Google estimate for the route is 2h 20m but while we average about 15kph, when you add a stop for brunch/lunch, photos… it’s better to allow for a longer duration than need to rush.
When we did the ride in January it was a stinking hot day, but if the weather is not delightfully warm and sunny this time around (it is winter now, after all) please bring appropriate attire. Kindly also ensure your tyres are adequately pumped and your chain is lubricated.