Cycle Melbourne, Sightseeing Loop, Greensborough Loop
The majority of the ride is along the pleasant, shared paths of the Plenty River Trail, Main Yarra Trail and River Gum Walk with a linking section through generally quiet suburban streets. It can be done as a one way ride between Greensborough and Watsonia stations, as a loop out from Greensborough or even by continuing down the MainYarra Trail, as a longer ride from Greensborough to Melbourne. The first part of the trail along the Plenty River doesn’t offer any breathtaking scenery, but the riverside backyard fences give way to more open bush and a pleasant meandering river.
The trail follows the river as it winds its way past a number of playing fields and then climbs up and through open paddocks with a few riding clubs and horses grazing on both sides of the trail. The trail through these fields offers good all round views, with the best being of the city to the south west, before it descends suddenly to join the Main Yarra Trail. The section of this trail used on this ride passes by Banyule Flats Reserve, a large area of wetland and regenerated bush alongside the Yarra River, which is popular with walkers and bird watchers, as well as cyclists.
There are some narrower side tracks to the left at 8.6km which go through the wetlands and come back to the main trail near where you turn off it. Instead of turning off the Main Yarra Trail you could continue straight on for a ride in to the city of about 26 kilometres. Continuing on this ride you head along River Gum Walk, which is quite pleasant before you emerge in the fully suburban atmosphere of Watsonia.
At Watsonia you pass the Simpson Army barracks on the right, which houses the army’s signals and music schools, the Victorian headquarters for army cadets and a workshop. The next four kilometres is mainly on suburban streets but the saving grace is that the ride loop finishes with a short run back along the Plenty River Trail.At Greensborough you can relax in the park where the ride finishes or hit the nearby shopping centre for a re-fuel.
The ride starts at Greensborough station. You can finish at Watsonia station on the same line, or ride the six kilometres back to Greensborough.
Food and Drink
Greensborough shopping centre is close to the start/ finish and there are shops across the line at the ride turnaround at Watsonia station.
20.79 km / 12.918 mi
430 m / 1,411 ft
95 m / 312 ft