Guide to biking the foreshore
One of Melbourne’s most defining features is it’s beautiful waterfront. Long stretches of water and city views that can be found from Elwood to Port Melbourne.
One of the most enjoyable ways to explore our beaches is on the 13km foreshore bike trail. City of Port Phillip’s dedicated bike path begins in Elwood near sails on the bay and travels north-west to Sandridge beach.
Firstly, a few things to consider when exploring by bike:
1. Protect yourself. Apply sunscreen throughout the day and after going in the water. Wear a helmet.
2. Bring water and snacks. There are water fountains along the way to refill.
3. Take your time. Take in the sights.
4. Bring a lock. You might want to step into a restaurant, café or to walk down the edge of the beach to dip your toes in the water. Make sure you have what you need to keep your bike secure.
5. Watch out. Some areas of the bike path can be very crowded. You may find that you have to go very slow at times and navigate through some crowded spots. It’s better to take it safe and walk your bike if pedestrian traffic gets too thick.
6. Rent a bike. Melbourne bike share locations can be found throughout the route, find your closest one here.
Elwood beach is a quiet and often a secret hidden part of Port Phillip’s bay. It’s located next to Wattie Watson Oval near the Elwood Life Saving Club. It’s Here you can park and hop on your bike and start pedalling.
After a 1.3km you will pass along the golden sandy beach and reach Point Ormond – Point Ormond’s views of the city are made for Instagram.
Moving down from point Ormond 500m you will cross the Elwood canal bridge. Just over the bridge you can stop in at the outdoor exercise equipment for a quick workout or stop to see some skydivers land on Moran Reserve.
The bike path winds along the waters edge to Riva (a perfect spot to spend some time lazing by the bay with a drink) and St Kilda Marina, where the path then leads along Beaconsfield Pde towards St Kilda Skate Park where you can get a couple more insta shots of a local skating hero and watch the talent.
After you hit the St Kilda Skate Park, you are on the beachside track to the heart of St Kilda, there are a few options to stop in for a refreshing drink or refuelling snack along the foreshore which include
Cycling on a Sunday? Be sure to make your way up to the Upper Esplanade where you can lock or walk your bike through the St Kilda Esplanade Market and indulge in some shopping or snacks from the 150 unique stalls there.
Acland Street is a 500m walk from the main St Kilda foreshore. There’s an array of stores to browse and popular eateries.