Port Melbourne and St Kilda Beach Bike Ride

Ride Melbourne’s beautiful Bay Trail for a sunset rendezvous with St Kilda’s penguins

Sunsets and city penguins

This easy self-guided cycle ride between bike stations at Port Melbourne and St Kilda is best enjoyed around dusk for two reasons: the sunset over the sea is knockout stunning and it’s the time when the Little Penguins of St Kilda come home from their day fishing in the bay.

Melbourne Bike Share station at the emblematic Luna Park in St Kilda

Essential Information

  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Surface: Segregated cycle path, flat.
  • Start: Beach Street, Port Melbourne (opposite junction with Stokes Street).
  • Finish: Luna Park, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda.
  • Eat/drink: Restaurants along St Kilda Foreshore, Fitzroy Street or Acland Street. Acland Street is famous for its cake shops.
Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Bike Ride Notes

Get to Port Melbourne early and enjoy the beach and views of the Spirit of Tasmania ferry at her dock before hiring your blue bike and riding along the Bay Trail. This segregated pedestrian and cycle path runs along the foreshore to St Kilda Pier and on to other famous Bayside suburbs such as Elwood and Brighton. 

Cycle past dog walkers, runners and kite surfers until you get to the St Kilda Life Saving Club. Here, cross Jacka Boulevard on to Cavell Street and continue the short way to the bike docking station at Luna Park.

To see the St Kilda penguins, walk back along the Bay Trail to St Kilda Pier and Breakwater. The Little Penguins of St Kilda live in the pile of rocks that make up St Kilda Breakwater – and are one of the world’s only urban penguin colonies. Be careful to stay well back from the penguins and don’t dazzle them with camera flashes or torches.

Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Getting There and Away

Port Melbourne is accessible via the 109 tram, which goes through Melbourne’s CBD along Collins Street stopping at Southern Cross train station. From St Kilda you can catch the 96 or 16 tram from The Esplanade. The 96 goes back to Southern Cross Station and through the CBD via Bourke Street or the 16 goes to Flinders Street Station and through the CBD via Swanston Street.

Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Extend Your Bike Ride

Albert Park Lake (add 30 minutes / 8km)
 
Take a detour to Albert Park. Here you can cycle around the lake and the course of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. About 50m after the public toilets at Middle Park Beach, leave the Bay Trail and cross Beaconsfield Parade onto Armstrong Street. Ride along this quiet street past its delightful eateries to Canterbury Road. Cross here and you can enter Albert Park. Ride a loop around the lake and enjoy iconic views of the Melbourne skyline from the south shore before returning to the Bay Trail via the same route. You can switch bikes at the docking station at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre at Aughtie Drive to renew your 45 minute bike hire period.

Interactive Map

Click on the icon on the top left of the map to select the parts of the route you want to complete and find out more information: