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.
Cycle: 3 hours
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
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.
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