Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Roxburgh Park to Port Melbourne
The Western Ring Road is no fun by car, but if you head out to Roxburgh Park on the train with your bike, you can enjoy a virtually uninterrupted ride around the western suburbs along a shared path and back towards the city via Newport. The majority of Melburnians have probably never ridden this path and have missed out on a big part of the metropolitan area. To finish off after leaving Newport, you can jump on the punt below the Westgate Bridge and head to Port Melbourne.
At the time of writing, upgrade works along the ring road have caused several path detours, which are well signposted. These works should be finished late 2012, so the ride log is for the route without the detours. The train to Roxburgh Park takes approximately 40 minutes from Flinders Street. From the station the first section requires some navigation as it crosses quiet cul-de-sacs before joining the established path through Broadmeadows Valley Park.
This trail is fairly non descript for the first few kilometres and unfortunately broken glass can be a problem, but the concrete path itself is in great condition. It’s not long before the trail reaches Moonee Ponds Creek and travels for a short distance down to Jacana Wetlands.
Here you follow the ring road south west on the Western Ring Path. At the Tullamarine Freeway junction there is a short on-road section. If you follow the ride log the trail is easy to find where it resumes a short distance away. Apart from this crossing and at Keilor Park Drive, crossings are straight forward, it is usually just a matter of picking up the trail directly over the road. At Keilor Park Drive the trail runs past Brimbank Park then crosses the E.J.Whitten Bridge, high above the Maribyrnong River Valley. You can see the Maribyrnong River Trail below. You continue below transmission lines through St Albans then through some well-landscaped wetlands before crossing Kororoit Creek for the first time near Forrest Road.
The second time you cross the creek is after the trail has merged with the Federation Trail (Ride 15) as it heads towards the city. From trail end it’s a short ride on-road to Newport. It’s a short train ride back into the city from here or continue on the ride to link up with the coastal trail at Williamstown. Opposite Scienceworks Museum you hop on the punt to cross the river below the West Gate Bridge. The punt is currently operating every day, but not all day, so check the timetable before you go (www.westgatepunt. com). From the punt it is a short ride to Station Pier. If you miss the punt you can always back track along Ride 5 via Footscray to the city.
From the city, catch the train from Flinders Street station to Roxburgh Park station on the Craigieburn line. The ride starts outside the station on Thomas Brunton Parade.
Food and Drink
There is a shopping centre near the start. Along the way there are only a couple of service stations. If you can last until Newport, nosh@newport in Hall Street, near the station, serves a wicked coffee and great meals.
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