- Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
DESCRIPTION=Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail - Williamstown section
NAME=Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
LENGTH=10km from the Docklands to Williamstown via Footscray Rd. 5km from Williamstown to Altona.
HAZARDS=Shared pedestrian path on Hyde St and Moreland St Yarraville section narrow.
WATER=Great Bay Views along 80% of path.
TRAIN=Altona and Williamstown stations
The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows the coast line of
Hobsons Bayin the inner western suburbs in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. [ [http://maps.vicroads.vic.gov.au/website/bikes2b/viewer.htm VicRoads - Bicycle Facilities Map] ] [ [http://www.bigyak.net.au/gmaps/vicbiketrailsgmap.html?slct2=24 Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Maps] ] [ [http://www.bigyak.net.au/bike/bike.html#melgel Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Earth] ] The trail forms part of the western half of the Bayside Trailwhich encircles Port Phillip Bay.
Following the Path
Towards the Footscray end the path connects with the
Maribyrnong River Trailand passes the offices of the Lonely Planetpublications. At this junction cyclists can continue north on the Maribyrnong River Trailor connect to the Footscray Rd off-road path which continues directly to the Docklandsand the Capital City Trail.
Between Footscray and Spotswood the path is narrow and continues south down Moreland Street, Whitehall Street before turning west down Somerville Road and then south again down Hyde Street for approximately 1 kilometre. Under the
West Gate Bridgethe trail becomes a 3 meter wide off-road path, and continues south along the banks of the Yarra River for approximately 3 kilometres to Williamstown. From here continuous paths can be followed all the way to Altona.
In the north you can access the
Maribyrnong River Trailas well as the Footscray Rd Path which connects to the Capital City Trailin Docklands. Heading south the trail goes through Williamstownand intersects the lower Kororoit Creek Trailin Altona, then the Laverton Creek Trail. In the south the path terminates at the Skeleton Creek Trailin Altona Meadows.
* North end at coord|37.831687|S|144.895411|E (the punt).
* South end at coord|37.896534|S|144.781834|E.
* "Bike rides around Melbourne" 2nd edition, 2006, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 0-9752333-2-7
* [http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Files/CoastalTrail.pdf Hobsons Bay council - map]
* [http://www.westgatepunt.com/ West Gate Punt]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4euHUrVKX4 Commute to Lonely Planet]
* [http://home.vicnet.net.au/~hbbug/ Hobsons Bay Bicycle User Group]
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