Capital City Trail


DESCRIPTION=Capital City Trail at Princes Park looking west
NAME= Capital City Trail
LENGTH=Approx 29 km
HILLS= Minor hill at Rushall Station
WATER= Drinking fountains every 2km approx
PATH= Shared use concrete or bitumen
TRAIN=Going clockwise: Flinders St, Southern Cross, Flemington Bridge, Rushall and Heyington stations

The Capital City Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which circles the Melbourne city centre and some inner eastern and northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. [ [ VicRoads - Bicycle Facilities Map] ] [ [ Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Maps] ] [ [ Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Earth] ]

A popular starting point for the trail is at Princes Bridge near Flinders Street Station. The rider can head off in an easterly or westerly direction. If heading off in the westerly, either side of the river can be used, but the south side tends to be more popular.

The Capital City Trail uses the same path as the Yarra River Trail up to Dights Falls, where it continues, using the same path the Merri Creek Trail, as part of its loop around the city.

Bicycle Victoria has an ongoing campaign to have the stairs in Manningham St effectively removed from the trail by continuing the path over a footbridge crossing Manningham St.

Following the Path

The trail follows the Yarra River to Yarra Bend Park on the Yarra River Trail and meets Merri Creek at Dights Falls. It follows the Merri Creek Trail up the Merri Creek to Rushall Station, where it follows the former Inner Circle rail reserve and Royal Park. It then meets the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail which continues back to Docklands and Southbank. At its farthest, the trail is 5 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne.


The trail passes by the following attractions and landmarks:

* Southbank
* Alexandra Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens
* Melbourne Park and Melbourne Cricket Ground
* Yarra River
* Yarra Bend Park
* Collingwood Children's Farm
* Merri Creek
* [ Rushall Garden] , a community garden in North Fitzroy.
* Princes Park, location of Optus Oval
* Royal Park
* Melbourne Zoo
* Moonee Ponds Creek
* Telstra Dome
* Docklands


The trail acts as central hub and has many spokes. Starting in the north and going clockwise we have the Upfield Rail Trail, Merri Creek Trail, Yarra River Trail, Gardiners Creek Trail, Sandridge Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail & Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail (via the Footscray Road path at Docklands) and finally the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.

Starts and ends at coord|37.819744|S|144.968516|E.


* "Bike Paths Victoria" sixth edition, 2004. Edited and published by Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd. pp111, 119-122. ISBN 0957959117
* "Bike rides around Melbourne" 2nd edition, 2006, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 0-9752333-2-7

External links

* [ Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment – Capital City Trail]
* [ Bicycle Victoria – Capital City Trail]
* [ Bicycle Victoria – Manningham St Bridge]
* [ Inner Circle Railway Trail - description of the trail]
* [ Capital City Trail notes]

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