Western Ring Road Trail

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Western Ring Road Trail
Length43km
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cycling details
Trail difficultyEasy
HazardsBroken glass, magpies during breeding season
SurfaceBitumen and concrete
HillsOccasional small hilly sections, large hill (heading west) in Greensborough
Connecting transport
Train(s)Ginifer, Jacana, Thomastown, Greensborough

The Western Ring Road Trail (signposted as the M80 Trail) is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians that bridges the northern suburbs and follows the Western Ring Road freeway in Melbourne, Australia. It intercepts many other paths making possible a large variety of circuits for the recreational cyclist.[1][2][3]

Following the path[edit]

Diversions and closures[edit]

The western end of the path starts at the end of Merino Street in Sunshine West, where it branches off from the Federation Trail.

Following the path is mainly straightforward, as it runs parallel to the Western Ring Road. However, there are some exceptions along the way. In particular these points should be reviewed before heading out for a pedal or a jog: Keilor Park Drive, Malvern and Coventry Streets, the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail intersection, Jacana Station and the Craigieburn Bypass Trail intersection.

The eastern end of the path starts at the roundabout, at the intersection of Diamond Creek Road, the Greensborough Bypass and Civic Drive in Greensborough, 1.2 km east of the Plenty River Trail turnoff.

A panorama of the Western Ring Road Trail where it crosses Sydney Road at Fawkner. Photo by John Englart

Connections[edit]

Going from west to east: Federation Trail, Wellness Trail, Kororoit Creek Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, Steele Creek Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, Merri Creek Trail, Craigieburn Bypass Trail, Edgars Creek Trail, St Georges Rd Trail, Darebin Creek Trail north then Darebin Creek Trail south, Greensborough Bypass Trail and Plenty River Trail.

West end at 37°49′30″S 144°48′36″E / 37.825027°S 144.809997°E / -37.825027; 144.809997. East end at 37°41′22″S 145°06′46″E / 37.689338°S 145.112656°E / -37.689338; 145.112656.

References[edit]

  • Bike rides around Melbourne 3rd edition, 2009, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9752333-4-4
  • Bike Paths Victoria sixth edition, 2004. Edited and published by Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd. pp133. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7
  • Geographic data related to Western Ring Road Trail at OpenStreetMap