With increasingly mild, clear weather on the horizon and a few weeks left to explore our temporary home, fellow exchange student Daniel and I elected to test out Melbourne’s Capital City cycling trail. Passing through many of the city’s most interesting inner suburbs, this trail is a popular way to enjoy a longer bike journey without straying far from the city centre. As you might expect, it is easy to duck off to enjoy some well-earned Italian food in Carlton, check out the beautiful Botanic Gardens, or have a flat white in a quaint café, well, anywhere.
We didn’t complete the entire circuit (although at some point in the future I would like to)! Regardless, we had an enjoyable afternoon. The signs were well marked and the path was in good shape, and we only had a few small hills to contend with. Unfortunately, in typical Melbourne fashion, the weather wasn’t really on our side- we encountered some grey skies and light rainfall.
The loop covers a total of thirty kilometers, although Daniel and I didn’t have time to bike it in its entirety (that’s yet another reason for me to return to a city I loved so much)! We ended up covering about eleven kilometers in total, starting at Federation Square (where numerous bike rental shops flourish) and turning around when we’d reached Bridge Road.
Having just finished a nice afternoon of biking, it seemed like the perfect time to indulge in some cupcakes- so indulge we did!
You can check out my experience at the Eureka Skydeck or exploring Melbourne’s art-filled laneways if you want to discover this city in more detail, although of course I encourage you to pay a visit of your own! 😉
Have you visited this fine city? What did you most fall in love with?