Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Diamond Creek Loop
This is a short and relatively easy ride from Diamond Creek to Eltham North taking in the gentle path along Diamond Creek and looping along the disused Maroondah aqueduct. The 800 metre long climb up to the aqueduct along Allendale Road is steep though, and may require walking for families with young riders. However once you get up to the top of the hill, the path is gentle and offers some fantastic views.
Altogether this is an enjoyable ride. Some cyclists prefer to ride in an anti-clockwise direction for a gentler climb up to the aqueduct but getting the pain over with in the short climb up Allendale Road then allows you to enjoy the run down the aqueduct. If you’d rather stay on the flat, you can avoid the aqueduct trail detour at Allendale Road, and continue a straight run into Eltham North along a shared path. It’s a great ride for families or those just starting out and goes right past the Eltham North Adventure Playground and Edenvale Farm.
This suburb of Melbourne takes its name from the creek that flows through the town on its way south to meet the Yarra River. Originally known as Nillumbik, the township was established in the mid 1800s with the discovery of gold in this area. Following the gold rush, the area was developed for use as orchards and small-scale farming. Diamond Creek Trail extends further than this ride, and continues down through Eltham towards Candlebark Park. If you’re interested to explore the trail further, it’s well signposted and intersects with the Main Yarra Trail and Mullum Mullum Creek Loop .
The section of the aqueduct included in this ride is slightly more than 2.5km but is one of those cycling treasures. The shared path is gently undulating through areas of established pine trees before descending along Ingrams Road to Main Road in Eltham North. There are a couple of quiet roads to cross along the aqueduct trail but otherwise you’ll only encounter other cyclists and walkers. There are some great spots to stop along the way and enjoy some terrific views south west towards Eltham. After coming down from the aqueduct you ride along the Research Trail, where you will see a number of information boards on local artist, Clara Southern, which are part of the Heidelberg School Heritage Trail.
Edenvale Community Farm
This is a community environmental education centre where you can visit an indigenous plant nursery, water efficient gardens, sustainable practice demonstrations and grazing animals. Just north of the farm is the Eltham North playground, which is a terrific stop if you are riding with youngsters.
The ride starts at the Diamond Creek railway station which is on the Hurstbridge line. The trip from Flinders Street station takes just under an hour. If you’re driving, Diamond Creek can be easily reached from the Metropolitan Ring Road, then the Greensborough Bypass. There’s parking available in a number of locations around Diamond Creek.
Food and Drink
Diamond Creek has its fair share of bakeries and coffee shops, which are not far from the start/finish, and there are places to stop to your left at the 7.5km mark.
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