Cycle Melbourne, Sightseeing Ride, Peninsula Link Trail
The Peninsula Link freeway project provides a good quality, three metre wide, sealed path through the peninsula hinterland behind Frankston with a mix of urban and rural scenery. The ride starts with a straight run along the Patterson River. This river provides a popular launching spot for fishermen heading out to the bay and the path is popular with locals walking dogs and babies, so keep your wits about you. It is also the site for the National Water Sports Centre which is just past where the trail turns off to head down the Mornington Peninsula.
The trail soon passes through the Seaford swamp, part of the internationally recognised Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, a seasonal floodplain which provides a home for up to seven thousand migratory birds at any one time. From there the trail crosses the Mornington Peninsula Freeway by bridge and then turns to run alongside the Peninsula Link Freeway. At the Stony Point rail line the trail intersects with the Baxter Trail which is a sealed path you can take to the west in to Frankston, about four kilometres away. From there a bike lane along the Nepean Highway will take you back to Carrum if you fancy a round trip. Further south the trail diverges from the freeway and heads westward along the old Mornington rail line corridor to Moorooduc. This isn’t really a town, only being a small cluster of houses and a coolstore, a reminder of the peninsula’s agricultural past, which now houses retail premises.
Across the highway from the coolstore is the terminus and rail yard for the heritage Mornington Railway which travels the four kilometres from here to the outskirts of Mornington on the first three Sundays every month. They have several diesel and steam locomotives and a range of rolling stock, both running and under-going restoration. The society is investigating options for carrying bikes on their trains in view of the bike trail opening, but you can lock your bike at Moorooduc and still get to Mornington. Creeping suburbia has resulted in the line to the centre of Mornington being lost but the rail society runs a shuttle bus from their station to the centre of Mornington, where there is ample choice for food and drink, then continues down to the beach where you could picnic in the park or have a swim. Just don’t miss the train for your return trip!
The start is at Carrum station in Station Street, Carrum. Parking is generally available along this street, although on work days you may have to travel a few hundred metres south.
Food and Drink
There are several choices either side of Carrum. Another option is to take the train ride in to Mornington (if you pick the right day to ride), where the main street is inundated with eateries.
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