Queen Victoria Market to South Melbourne Market Bike Ride

A bike tour between Melbourne’s largest market and its oldest market

Discover the city markets

Enjoy a downhill ride on your blue bike through Melbourne’s bustling CBD sandwiched by breakfast at Queen Victoria Market and lunch at South Melbourne Market. Get carried away by the noise, colour and aromas of stalls selling gorgeous foods and some of the best coffee in the Southern Hemisphere.

Get a taste of cuisines from around the globe at Melbourne's markets

Essential Information

  • Distance: 4km
  • Duration: 25 mins
  • Surface: Some unsegregated bike lanes on busy roads. Mostly downhill.
  • Start: Corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street, Queen Victoria Market.
  • Finish: Corner of York Street and Cecil Street, South Melbourne Market.
  • Eat/drink: Market stalls.

This tour is only possible on days when both markets are open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Bike Ride Notes

Iconic, historic and a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Queen Victoria Market is an absolute must-see for tourists and locals. Trading starts early at 6am (9am on Sundays) so wake yourself up with a single origin coffee and browse the clothing, artisan jewellery and kitsch Australiana. With 600 traders, this is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere so take your time and stop frequently to refuel at the food stalls selling snacks from every world cuisine.

When you’ve had your fill of food, coffee and browsing the many stalls, hire your Melbourne share bicycle from the blue bike station at the corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St.

Cycle past the market along Victoria Street and turn left onto Peel Street. On your right you will see Flagstaff Gardens with its beautiful mature elm trees before you continue down William Street all the way to the Yarra River.

Cross Flinders Street and turn right onto Yarra Promenade. This will take you along the river and over the bridge to Southbank. Turn left when you get to Clarendon Street and then at the first (very busy) junction, turn right onto quiet Whiteman Street. Cycle under the freeway and turn left onto Cecil Street, which will take you to South Melbourne Market. You can leave your bicycle at the docking station on the corner of Cecil Street and York Street.

South Melbourne Market has a very different feel to Queen Victoria Market. This is Melbourne’s oldest continuous market and its reputation is of a slightly more upmarket foody experience – with price tags to match. Here you will find high-end brands such as Padre coffee and Agathé pastries and cakes. Although smaller, the range of products for sale is still dizzying and you’ll find more than enough to satisfy among the specialist cheese shops, organic butchers, seafood stands and clothing boutiques.

Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Getting There and Away

Queen Victoria Market is a five minute walk from Flagstaff Station. It’s also in the free tram zone. Catch the number 19, 57 or 59 tram lines to stop 7 or the 58 tram line to stop 9. South Melbourne is on the 96 tram line, which connects Bourke Street in the CBD with St Kilda. Get off at stop 127. It’s also close to number 12 tram stop 127, which you can catch from Collins Street in the CBD. The number 1 tram departs Federation Square and goes down Park Street, not far from the Market. Get off at stop 25.

Riding a Melbourne Bike Share bicycle on a sunny day

Extend Your Bike Ride

Albert Park Lake (add 30 minutes / 6.5km)

If the weather’s good and you feel like an easy bike ride on traffic-free trails, head down to Albert Park after you’re finished at South Melbourne Market. Cycle straight down Clarendon Street and you’ll hit the park after a few minutes’ ride. You can cycle around the lake and take in the gorgeous view of the Melbourne city skyline across the water from the south shore. It’s 1.5km to Albert Park and a further 5km to do a loop of the lake.

Bay Trail to St Kilda (add 30 minutes / 6km)

Alternatively, cycle down to the Bay Trail and enjoy the thrill of riding past Melbourne’s famous beaches to St Kilda. You can get to the foreshore cycle path by cycling south down Ferrars Street and turning right into Kerferd Road. It’s 2.5km to the Bay Trail and a further 3.5km to St Kilda.

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: