Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Kororoit Creek
This ride is similar to others in the book that follow creek corridors, in that it passes through a mix of natural and developed landscapes. The trail passes through some rapid growth areas, so is likely to undergo change in the future. Bushland re-generation is being undertaken on new sections of the trail, to overcome past neglect, and for most of the ride the good, sealed surface makes for enjoyable travel.
As part of the trail development good information and direction signs have been put up, but, unfortunately, their usefulness has been reduced by vandalism and graffiti. Consequently, it is best to rely on this Ride Log for your navigation. Parts of this area are expanding so rapidly that chances are in a few years the trail will have evolved significantly. For the moment though, the majority of the ride along the creek is a quiet roll through some distinctive landscape, everything from industrial areas to native creek beds and booming residential suburbs.
Along the way there are some nice river crossings and plenty of peaceful places to stop for a break, when you are away from the busy highways. At various points along the ride there are outcrops of basalt which look at odds with the surroundings but make for some stunning backdrops to the creek.
The ride starts in Newport, which like many inner suburbs, has seen a growth in trendy cafés and the renovation of the older houses. From there the majority of the ride through the established suburbs and industrial areas of the west is more interesting than appealing, with some relief provided by the natural areas you pass through. The end of the ride takes you in to Caroline Springs, where some of the houses have the appearance and size of minor office blocks.
Lake Caroline provides a pleasant spot to take a break, and the continued growth in bike paths along the various water courses gives you the chance to have a bit of an explore, if that appeals. There is no public transport here to take you and your bike back to the start so it may be best to think of this as an out and back ride, which is easily achievable in a day.
Newport station is on Melbourne Road at the intersection with Mason Street. Limited car parking is available in Market Street. Alternatively, ride up North Road, Home Road and Elphin Street from the Bayside Trail. There is also parking next to this trail.
Food and Drink
Not a ride for the coffee-holics. Some good choices for food and drink around Newport station and at Caroline Springs, but nothing in between. Nosh@newport in Hall Street, beside the station has a good reputation.
29.245 km / 18.172 mi
360 m / 1,181 ft
81 m / 264 ft