The Melbourne bike share scheme covers the CBD and many of the city’s most exciting inner city suburbs. Check our neighbourhoods guide to see where you can ride on a blue bike and the many foody, cultural, sporting and natural highlights to be enjoyed:

St Kilda and St Kilda West

St Kilda draws backpackers from around the world to its beach and nightlife. This grimy inner city suburb has always been cool, probably because it offers something for everyone. Music lovers will be drawn to the Esplanade Hotel (the Espy), the Prince of Wales and the Palais Theatre. Tourists love Luna Park with its nightmarish gate and rickety rollercoaster and the Sunday makers market along The Esplanade. Romantics can sit on the beach and watch the sunset – and locals love lawn bowls at the St Kilda Sports Club or a dip at St Kilda Sea Baths. There are many eateries along Fitzroy Street and Acland Street, with the latter famed for its cake shops. No cycle ride down this thoroughfare is complete without a piece of vanilla slice.

St Kilda local tip

St Kilda Pier is home to one of the world’s only urban penguin colonies. Walk to the end of the pier on to St Kilda Breakwater at dusk to see Little Penguins nesting among the rocks. 

St Kilda by bike

St Kilda’s best bike ride is along the Bay Trail, which connects it via a foreshore path to Port Melbourne and Brighton. There’s also a segregated bicycle lane along Fitzroy Street.

St Kilda bike points

  • Luna Park, Lower Esplanade
  • West Beach Pavilion, Beaconsfield Parade
  • Cleve Gardens, Fitzroy Street
  • Fitzroy Street (outside St Kilda Sports Club)

Port Melbourne

Crammed between posh Albert Park and a shipping container terminal, Port Melbourne is a coastal suburb that is still a bit rough around the edges. The Bay Trail runs from Sandridge Beach along the foreshore all the way to St Kilda and to the Bayside suburbs beyond. Perfect for a ride on a Melbourne blue bike. The Spirit of Tasmania Ferry docks at Station Pier every day, occasionally joined by cruise ships, whose passengers catch the 109 tram into the CBD. The main high street is Bay Street, where you will find a range of eating and drinking options. 

Port Melbourne local tip

The lake at Westgate Park often turns pink in the summer, drawing tourists looking for the perfect Instagram shot. For the water to turn pink, the weather needs to have been dry and warm.

Port Melbourne by bike

Apart from the Bay Trail, mentioned above, a segregated bicycle lane runs from Station Pier all the way into the CBD.

Port Melbourne bike points

  • Beach Street (by Port Melbourne Beach) 
  • Pickles Street / Ingles Street

Docklands

Straddling the Yarra River downstream of the CBD, Docklands is a harbourside development well known for its shopping, eating and entertainment options. Sports fans descend on the area in droves when there is an AFL, rugby or soccer match at the Marvel Stadium, while a turn on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel reveals views across the city, including the CBD, port and Bolte Bridge. 

You can get to Docklands by train via Southern Cross Station (which is also the terminus for trains to regional Victoria, Sydney and Adelaide). By tram, the 11 and 48 stop at Victoria Harbour, while the 35, 70 and 86 trundle along Harbour Esplanade to Newquay. 

Docklands local tip

Look out for the sculptures dotted around the suburb. Including ‘Cow up a Tree’ on Harbour Esplanade and Webb Bridge, which although highly functional as a pedestrian and cycle river crossing, is also a work of art.

Docklands by bike

A pleasant bike tour starts at the bike docking station at the corner of Newquay Promenade and Harbour Esplanade. Hire your blue bike and follow Harbour Esplanade south and cross the Yarra River at Webb Bridge. Turn left and cycle along the river all the way to the Arts Centre and the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens beyond.

Docklands bike points

  • Beach Street (by Port Melbourne Beach) 
  • Yarra’s Point, Lorimer Street 
  • Yarra’s Edge, River Esplanade
  • Siddeley Street / Seafarers Bridge
  • ANZ, Collins Street
  • NAB, Harbour Esplanade / Bourke Street
  • Newquay Prom / Harbour Esplanade
  • Harbour Town, Docklands Drive

Southbank and South Wharf

From riverside dining to high culture and the Crown Casino, Southbank and South Wharf is a huge draw to tourists and locals alike. This is the home of the highest public viewing platform in the southern hemisphere, the Eureka Skydeck. At 285 metres above the city, you can see up to 75km on a clear day.  

The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) puts on blockbuster exhibitions as well as being home to permanent collections of international and local art. Arts Centre Melbourne is a sprawling collection of various performance spaces, including Hamer Hall, the State Theatre, Playhouse and, across St Kilda Road, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.  

To eat, have fresh local and sustainable seafood at the Atlantic or a fantastic steak at the Rockpool Bar and Grill, both in the Crown Casino complex. 

Get to Southbank by taking the train to Flinders Street Station and crossing the Yarra River at Princes Bridge, Sandridge Bridge or Evan Walker Bridge. The number 58 tram crosses Queens Bridge and the number 1 tram goes down St Kilda Road past the National Gallery of Victoria before slicing through Southbank on Sturt Street.

Southbank local tip

For a different view of the Yarra River, head to Ponyfish Island for a drink. Accessed via the Evan Walker Bridge, it’s easy to miss but hard to leave.

Southbank by bike

Hire a bike at Sandridge Bridge or Queens Bridge Street and cycle along the Yarra River on Southbank Promenade towards the Arts Centre and NGV (National Gallery of Victoria).

Southbank bike points

  • Queens Bridge Street / Yarra River
  • Sandridge Bridge
  • VCAM, St Kilda Road / Southbank Boulevard
  • ACCA, Sturt Street
  • Vic Barracks, Coventry Street / St Kilda Road

Melbourne CBD

Although ‘Melbourne’ today is taken to mean the huge urban sprawl around Port Phillip Bay, the suburb of Melbourne is much smaller. Consisting of the CBD and a large wedge of the city south of the MCG stadium bounded by the railway to the north, St Kilda Road to the west and Punt Road to the east, it is home to a fair proportion of what makes Melbourne special, from buzzing laneways to majestic gardens.

Get your coffee at Patricia Coffee Brewers (it’s worth the queue), go shopping at Bourke Street Mall and have lunch at Queen Victoria Market after browsing hundreds of eclectic stalls. The heritage angle is ably represented by St Paul’s Cathedral, Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Town Hall, the Immigration Museum and the stunning State Library. Want dinner before a show? Head to Chinatown. Definitely don’t miss the Royal Botanical Gardens – you can walk around them – or even pedal a blue bike around some of the paths.

The CBD is well served by public transport. Flinders Street and Southern Cross are the main train hubs, while Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations serve the northern sector. The main tram corridors travelling across the CBD from east to west are La Trobe Street, Bourke Street, Collins Street and Flinders Street. Trams travel north-south along Spencer Street, William Street, Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.

Melbourne CBD local tip

Bikes are great for discovering Melbourne’s famous laneways. These are the beating heart of Melbourne’s cool urban culture and places like Hosier Lane and Centre Place are home to street art and street cafes. Warning: you will have to dismount to explore some of the more crowded or cluttered backstreets.

Melbourne CBD by bike

Spring Street, William Street and La Trobe Street have dedicated bike lanes, with the latter being completely protected from traffic. Cycle a blue bike around the Royal Botanic Gardens or the sporting precinct. It’s all off-road and peaceful.

Melbourne CBD bike points

  • Arts Centre, St Kilda Road
  • St Paul’s Cathedral, Swanston Street / Flinders Street
  • St Paul’s Cathedral North, Swanston Street
  • Queen Victoria Market, Elizabeth Street / Victoria Street
  • Rod Laver Arena, Batman Avenue / Swan Street
  • Southern Cross Station, Spencer Street
  • Aquarium, Kings Way / Flinders Street
  • State Library, Swanston Street / Little Lonsdale Street
  • Spring Street / Collins Street
  • RMIT, Swanston Street / Franklin Street
  • Bourke Street Mall, 205 Bourke Street
  • Parliament Station, Nicholson Street / Albert Street
  • RACV, Bourke Street / New Chancery Lane
  • Domain Interchange, Park Street / St Kilda Road
  • Kings Way / St Kilda Road
  • Queens Road / Bowen Crescent

South Melbourne and Albert Park

Easily accessible from the CBD, South Melbourne is best known for its food market while Albert Park is both an upscale suburb on Port Philip Bay and a large public park with a lake. South Melbourne Market is a foodie’s paradise where you can buy artisan pastries while sipping coffee by the likes of Padre.  

The suburb of Albert Park, with its quiet streets lined with period homes, is a pleasant place to cycle around. But it’s the park that is this bayside suburb’s best asset. Home to sports events such as the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and Melbourne Marathon, it’s also a wonderful asset for the locals, who jog around the lake and walk their dogs here. Hire a blue bike and cycle to the southern shore of Albert Park Lake at dusk for a gorgeous view of the Melbourne skyline.

South Melbourne and Albert Park local tip

St Vincent Gardens is a tranquil place for a shady picnic in beautiful surroundings. A few minutes’ walk down Ferrars Road from South Melbourne Market, buy a picnic and bring it here. You can even have a few games at the Albert Park Bowls Club.

South Melbourne and Albert Park by bike

The Bay Trail runs along the foreshore by South Melbourne Beach on its way to St Kilda, Brighton and beyond. Albert Park Lake is a great loop to ride on the bike.

South Melbourne and Albert Park bike points

  • Coventry Street / Clarendon Street
  • South Melbourne Market, Cecil Street / York Street
  • Bridport Street / Montague Street
  • Gasworks Arts Park, Pickles Street
  • MSAC, Aughtie Drive
  • Plum Garland Reserve, Beaconsfield Parade

East Melbourne

East Melbourne is home to Victoria’s seat of government, its most famous sporting venue – and Australia’s oldest surviving European building. With a large proportion of the suburb reserved for parkland, this is a great place to explore by bicycle.

Construction on Parliament House began in 1856 and is inspired by the UK’s seat of power at Westminster in London. You can walk up, sit in the public galleries and watch democracy in action whenever the House is sitting. There are also official tours. Built around the same time, the neighbouring Old Treasury Building is also worth a visit. This is considered one of Melbourne’s finest 19th century buildings and entrance is free.

A short cycle ride away, on the other side of Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens is a peaceful place for a stroll. The park is also home to the oldest intact European building in Australia – Cook’s Cottage. This is the family home of Captain James Cook, built in England in 1755 and transported to Australia in 1934.

Another short cycle ride south will bring you to Melbourne’s cathedral of sport, the MCG. The venue was established in 1853 – even before Parliament House. It has seen the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as many thrilling AFL Grand Finals. Take a tour and find out why many people think this is the beating heart of Melbourne.

East Melbourne is highly accessible by public transport. The most convenient railway stations are Parliament, Jolimont and Richmond. The 11, 12, 35 and 109 trams link Parliament House to the CBD, while the numbers 48, 70 and 75 link the MCG to the CBD.

East Melbourne local tip

Check out the Johnston Collection, an under-the-radar museum which is home to an exquisite collection of English Georgian, Regency, and Louis XV fine and decorative arts and antiques. The award-winning museum is located in a historic townhouse.

East Melbourne by bike

After seeing Parliament House, hire a blue bike at the cycle station outside Parliament Station (corner of Nicholson Street and Albert Street). Albert Street has a segregated bike lane and will take you to beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.

East Melbourne bike points

  • Jolimont Station, Wellington Parade South
  • Richmond Station, Brunton Avenue