Capitol City Trail – Melbourne, 10th April, 2022

Thanks to Robert for this report and photos.

Five of us set off on a VLine Service to Melbourne on Sunday 10 April, arriving at Southern Cross Station about 12.38pm. By 1.00pm we were on our way heading down Spencer Street to the Yarra where we picked up the trail beside the River heading east to our lunch destination at Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford.

The Yarra Trail is a lovely ride meandering beside the River with many beautiful, peaceful scenes.

We arrived at the Convent Bakery at Abbotsford Convent about 2.20 and enjoyed a light lunch or snack and a bit of a rest.

Following lunch, we cycled up river to Dwights Falls where we enjoyed the lovely scenery. From there we made our way north to Rushall Station then cycling west past Royal Park Station and onto the Trail beside Moonee Ponds Creek which brought us back into Docklands and to Southern Cross Station.

It was a beautiful Autumn Day to be out cycling with good company.

Capitol City Trail – Tuesday 21st December, 2021

Thanks to Robert, ride leader, for this report and photos.

City Ride – Capitol City Trail alternative

Tuesday 21 December presented a beautiful summer morning for Kevin, Lynton, Margy, Jeff and I to catch the Geelong Flyer into Victoria Harbour for the start of a City Ride; the first one I had been able to run for quite some time. Tina had planned to join us but was unable to on the day due to ill health.

To make use of the 9 hours we had between Ferries the plan was to make our way to Footscray followed by Williamstown, Altona, Footscray, Maribrynong, Port Melbourne then back to Victoria Harbour, Docklands, for the trip back to Geelong.

Construction, as part of the Westgate Tunnels system could be seen as we cycled the path adjacent to Footscray Road. Turning left over the Maribrynong River took us onto the paths that lead to Williamstown. Once under the Westgate Bridge more peaceful cycling was experienced as the path moved away from roads that can carry a lot of traffic.

We made our way to Williamstown Beach via the track that follows the coast. A lot of beautiful seaside scenery can be enjoyed along this section. We enjoyed a break and refreshments at a Cafe at Williamson Beach where children and families were starting to gather for a day’s beachside activities.

Following morning tea we continue onto a lovely Park at Altona Beach. There is a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Park. The route to the Park had been great cycling on excellent paths that weren’t heavily trafficked and wound the way through wetland parks and by the seaside.

After a break and, for some of us, a check out of the local market that is held on Tuesdays we began making our way north towards Maribrynong. This leg of the route was largely uncharted by me. We cycled Millers Road before being able to pick up a bike path along Kororoit Creek where we found our way to Greive Parade, on which we crossed over the Westgate Freeway.

From there we rode a few back streets eventually finding a service road adjacent to the old Geelong Road. Riding this we got to the West Footscray Station where we were able to use the ramps to cross to the north side of the railway line. Yours truly had the idea of having lunch at the Cafe at the Western Bulldog’s Head Quarters, which was close to the Station. Unfortunately it wasn’t open. This led us on a search for a Cafe which we eventually found in Barkley Street, West Footscray. We were all a little frayed by this time and in need of some food, fluid and rest; which we found at the Cafe.

At this time it was realised by one of the group that a backpack had been left in the Park at Altona Beach. After enjoying a refreshing lunch and reporting the lost bag to Police it was decided that one of us would cycle back to the Park to see if the Backpack was still there while the remainder of the group made their way back to the Maribrynong River and, eventually, back to Docklands. This all took place. The good news is that the Backpack was still where it was left, on a seat in the rotunda at the Park. How good was that!

Eventually we all met up back at Victory Harbour for the trip back to Geelong on the Ferry, which was a great experience in spite of some rolling waves in the middle of the Bay that rocked the boat a bit.

Hopefully, a few more City Rides can take place over coming months.


Ride Leader.

Docklands to Altona Beach: Wednesday, 8th January, 2020

This Ride was set up as an alternative to the Geelong Flyer, Capitol City Trail Ride which was held on a day with extreme heat. Both Rides were to give an experience of the new Ferry Service from Geelong and include one of the City Ride routes.

Eight of us, Kevin, Lynton, George, Dirk and Barbara, Coralie, Sally and I boarded the 11.30am Geelong Service to Docklands. It was a lovely day with a comfortable temperature.

Arriving at Docklands we were met there by Margy, Jeff, Joe and Sandra. We cycled the shared path through Docklands around past the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and onto a path that runs alongside Footscray Road, to the Maribyrnong River.

From there we cycled the paths that took us under the Westgate Bridge and onto a path that follows the Yarra River to Williamstown. We enjoyed lunch there at Carter Smith Delvin Co Café in Nelson Parade.

Following lunch, we made our way to Kororoit Creek Road cycling to Millers Road, Altona and finding our way to Altona Beach; where we had a brief break and took in the scenery of the Park and Beach area.

The return route took us back along the Bay Trail and connecting back onto Kororoit Creek Road and back to the Bay Trail at Williamstown. We scooted back along the Trail following it upriver to meet the Westgate Ferry at Spotswood. Lynton rode ahead and secured a boarding for us as the Ferry was preparing to get underway to cross the River. The operator did well, securing an extra 10 fares; he had one other customer!

On crossing we connected with the Bay Trail at the northwest end of Westgate Park. This took us onto Lorimer Street, South Melbourne which eventually led us back to South Wharf and a crossing over the Yarra from where were able to make our way back to Docklands; where the Ferry berths.

On the way, Joe and Sandra left us at Collins Street as they were meeting Edith at Southern Cross, to catch a train back to Geelong.

Margy and Jeff had cycled back earlier in the afternoon and had caught the Ferry across the Yarra as we had.

Apart from an incident that involved a fall, a great ride was enjoyed by all.

Great for us to now have a Ferry Service directly into Melbourne via Docklands. It is easy to access the City from there whether it be cycling, walking or public transport.

Robert T, Ride Leader.

Thanks to Robert for this report, and leading yet another memorable ride. 

Capitol City Trail – Monday, 30th December, 2019

Geelong Flyer and Capitol City Trail, City Ride – Monday 30 December 2019.

On a hot December Monday five of us; Kevin C, David S, Allan M, Kelly R and I, departed on the 11.15am Service on the new Geelong Flyer, bound for Docklands, Melbourne. This ride was set up to experience our new Ferry Service from Geelong and experience one of the many cycling routes available in and around Melbourne.

We enjoyed a refreshing trip to Melbourne on what was to be a very hot summer’s day.  We set off from Docklands about 1.15 making our way south onto the north bank off the Yarra. We made our way upriver eventually connecting with the Yarra Trail; taking us through Birrarung Marr Park, past the main sporting precinct with Melbourne Park and AAMI Park.

The weather was already hot with strong winds. The anticipated shelter of riding beside the tree lined Yarra River wasn’t realised as we cycled, mostly, into a head wind. This was a challenge as the temperature ultimately climbed into the low 40s. We managed the extreme heat by staying hydrated and having numerous breaks. Arriving at Abbotsford Convent we were welcomed by Margy M who had been spending time in Melbourne.

We were well looked after by the proprietor of the Vietnamese Café, which is next to Lentil As Anything. We were given generous amounts of iced water and well stocked for a return trip to Docklands. Iced teas, coffees and Vietnamese coffees went down refreshingly well.

The temperature eased while we were at the Convent. We had already decided to modify the return route; leaving the northern section of the Capitol City Trail for another day.

The modified route took us onto Nicholson Street, Collingwood, which eventually led us south to access Swan Street at Richmond. This route took us through an area where Allan had lived in his early years.

Swan Street took us back to the Yarra where we followed it around to Southbank where we enjoyed some delicious ice creams.

Continuing along Southbank brought us to a pedestrian / cycling bridge at South Wharf. After crossing the bridge, we cycled north back to Docklands to catch the 5.30pm Geelong Flyer back to Geelong.

We enjoyed a refreshing, relaxing and cooler journey back after a satisfying, and at times, challenging ride. It was wonderful to be out on our beautiful Bay.

Tina G was at the Pier to welcome us back.

Robert T, Ride Leader.   Many thanks to Robert for running this ride despite the very hot conditions.

Docklands via Geelong Flyer – Melbourne at 42C!: Monday, 30th December, 2019

On almost the last day of the year, Robert led five intrepid cyclists to Melbourne on the Geelong Flyer, leaving Geelong at 11am, on a day which reached 43 Celcius in the shade in Geelong, and would have been much hotter for anyone riding in the sun.   The cyclists were Robert, Kevin, David S, Kelly and Allan, with a sixth, Margy, joining the group in the city.

The ride along the Capitol Trail was achieved, and the group returned safely on the evening ferry.

Facebook quotes from Robert:

30 December at 11.41 “Adventure today with Cycling Club members; Geelong Ferry to Docklands. Lunch at Abbotsford Convent them continue on Capitol City Trail back around to Docklands.
A day for slip, slopping and slapping and staying hydrated.
Blessed with the freedoms and adventures available to us.

30 December at 22.24 – “All home safe from ride. Awesome. Lots of laughs as we cycled Melbourne. Excellent cycling route, on and off road.”

From Robert’s ride report – “Extreme heat; needed to manage cyclists’ wellbeing; keeping hydrated, regular stops, modified route reducing distance and direction.”  Ride distance 23km. 

For those who missed this ride, Robert will lead a second ride using the Geelong Flyer next Wednesday, 8th January.  See the Ride Calendar for details.  Ferry bookings are essential.

Photos courtesy Robert T.

Brimbank Park via Maribyrnong River – Sunday, 26th May, 2019

Thanks to Robert Turnour (ride leader) for this report

Trusting the weather report that rain would hold off until later in the day, Hermann, Dirk and Barbara and I set off on the lastest City Ride; a circuit from Sunshine Station to Brimbank Park, Keilor East, then back along the Maribrynong River Trail to Footscray and back to Southern Cross Station.

We got underway from Sunshine Station just before 1pm riding into a westerly / northwesterly wind. We rode past Albion Station picking up St Albans Road which took us to a path that runs adjacent to the Western Ring Road. This path took us to Brimbank Park crossing the Ted Witten Bridge on the way.

We enjoyed a lunch break at the Kiosk/Cafe which is run by Lumber and Co at the Visitors Centre at the Park. The Kiosk/Cafe will develop further over time as the business develops. They provided a toastie/coffee deal for us which we enjoyed.

Following lunch we located the River Path which is an unsealed track to around Essendon West. Some sections had blue metal which made traveling on a roadie a bit challenging. We rode, or walked at times, to stay safe and avoid any falls. The River Valley was a peaceful place to ride through. We spotted a number of birds including some fairly relaxed grass parrots. The traffic, pedestrians and other cyclists, was sparse on the upper end. It increased as we got closer to the more populated areas around Avondale Heights.

There is a terrific view of the City from a lookout at Lily Park, Essendon West. The  Park is on the opposite side of the River from the old Maribrynong Munitions Factory. The ride from there flows well along well made and established paths. It took us back passed the Angler’s Tavern at Maribrynong and Pipe Makers Park.  At Footscray, we got onto the path that runs adjacent to Footscray Road.  We followed it back to Docklands then back up Collins Street to Southern Cross Station where we caught the 5.10 service back to Geelong; with plenty of time to spare. We were assisted with a tail wind for most of the ride back from Brimbank Park.

Timing is everything; we enjoyed a great day of cycling arriving back home before the heavy rain storm went through around 7.00pm. Very thankful for that.

Robert Turnour