After hiring your bike from the Arts Centre bike share station, find the path that runs parallel to Alexandra Avenue on the Yarra River side and start cycling through an avenue of trees. When you come to Boathouse Drive, cross the road and head down to the Main Yarra Trail.
On the other side of the Yarra River, you will see the Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis tournament. Swimming in this stretch of the river is illegal, but that didn’t stop tennis star Jim Courier jumping into the water outside the Rod Laver Arena in 1992 – and being ill for a week afterwards.
Cycle along the river under Swan Street Bridge and cross the Yarra at the next crossing, Morell Bridge. Go straight across at the bicycle trail and cross a freeway before taking a sharp left. On your right you will pass the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (also known as AAMI Park), home to rugby union team Melbourne Rebels, rugby league team Melbourne Storm and soccer teams Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
At the corner of the stadium, take a right up some steps to an elevated concourse. On your left you’ll see the Olympic Park Oval, all that remains of Melbourne’s 1956 Olympic Games soccer and athletics stadium.
Continue along the concourse over Olympic Boulevard and past some Australia Open tennis courts on your right. On your left is Melbourne Arena, another Australian Open venue. Keep going straight on over the railway lines towards the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). Take a right to do a circuit of Melbourne’s premier sporting venue: home of Test cricket, the AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Marathon and many other events.
Near MCG Gate 2, take the path that runs parallel to Jolimont Street and head over the William Barak Bridge. As you cross, you’ll see another great view of Australian Open tennis courts. Keep straight ahead and you will come first to the Yarra River and then Princes Bridge, which you can cross to get back to the Arts Centre.