Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Beacon Cove to Carrum
From Beacon Cove, this ride follows the popular bike path past excellent beaches to Mordialloc before heading inland to the Edithvale wetlands. From there, the trail continues until it reaches Patterson River and eventually, the sea at Carrum. This wetland area is a remnant of the Carrum Carrum wetlands which once extended from Mordialloc to Frankston, but has gradually diminished to about 100ha. It has received international recognition as a significant wetland and provides a habitat for native and other migratory birds. Beacon Cove and Down the Coast to Mordialloc For anyone wanting to try this ride but with no bike there is a Bike Share station near the start with details on where a helmet can be obtained.
The path heads southeast from Station Pier running parallel with the foreshore all the way to Mordialloc. At times you are right next to the sand and at others you have to divert inland a bit, but never far from the water. There are many places to relax, either in cafés or kiosks, in a park or on the beach. During the first part of the ride make sure you check out the views of the city skyline behind you. There are car park access roads across the path at regular intervals which you need to take care crossing. Getting on and off the short road section at 22.6km also requires care. Because of this road section the entire ride is not suitable for kids but there is plenty of distance before and after it for youngsters to enjoy. The flat, sealed paths (and regular availability of refreshments) makes the first section best for young riders. Interesting pieces of public art along the path, including the memorial to race horses that were exercised at the beach near Mordialloc, add to the appeal of this ride.
From Mordialloc you turn inland along Mordialloc Creek into the Edithvale wetlands and all the way down to Patterson River. Along the way, there are a few paths which branch off and circle the wetlands and if you decide to follow these it’s easy to navigate back to the main trail. These wetlands are internationally significant seasonal floodplains which support large bird populations. There is a bird hide at Edithvale Road which is undergoing repair, but is otherwise generally open weekend afternoons. Towards the end of the ride you follow the Patterson River back to the coast and the finish at Carrum. If you want to make a round trip of the ride you can turn right after 38.1km and ride along Station Street to Mordialloc, passing several train stations on the way. You could hop on the train back to Melbourne at any of these or ride back along the path to Beacon Cove.
The start is easily reached by bike from the city along the Sandridge Trail. Car parking is available at Beacon Cove or along Beaconsfield Parade.
Food and Drink
Interesting cafés in and around Beacon Cove and Bay Street, Port Melbourne at the start. Down to Mordialloc there are cafés, kiosks and restaurants on or near the bike path. After Mordialloc there are water taps along the path and there are shops on Nepean Highway at Carrum. For a treat start or finish the ride at historic St Kilda pier kiosk, open for breakfast and then drinks and light snacks until late afternoon.
37.897 km / 23.548 mi
309 m / 1,014 ft
27 m / 90 ft