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Hiking in Maribyrnong River Trail

Discover the fascinating past and surprising beauty of the Maribyrnong River on this easy ride from the centre of Melbourne to Brimbank Park, a the natural haven nestled in a sheltered river valley.

Length: 28 kilometres
Cycle: 3 hours
Track: Good
Grade: Easy/moderate
Start: Southbank
Finish: Brimbank Park

From Southbank the trail follows the Yarra River past the historic Polly Woodside sailing ship, then skirts the new Docklands precinct and runs beside Footscray Road to the Maribyrnong River before winding past Flemington Racecourse, home of the famous Melbourne Cup. Cross the river and take a break at Pipemakers Park to explore the historic buildings, wetlands and the Living Museum of the West.

A little further on, a steep climb to the scenic lookout at Lily St is rewarded with magnificent views along the river and of the city skyline. Continuing through native bushland and attractive river reserves, the trail passes under towering bridges of the Melbourne–Sydney rail line and Western Ring Road to end at Brimbank Park. Cradled in a bend of the river and surrounded by cliffs, the park’s stately river red gums, open grasslands and restored wetlands are the ideal setting for a well-earned picnic.

Note: Some temporary difficulties may be experienced between the Yarra River and Footscray Road, due to the Docklands redevelopment.

Further Information
Bicycle Victoria
Ph +61 3 9328 3000