Explore Melbourne by Bike
Local tour company Melbourne by Bike’s famous city tours provide the fastest and most enjoyable way to explore the best of our city, and it now takes off from its new base in Docklands.
Located just off Harbour Esplanade at Waterview Walk along Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone, Melbourne by Bike offers daily bicycle tours of the city from 10am, which typically take around four-and-a-half hours.
The company, which has been operating in Melbourne since 2002, has a fleet of light 21-speed bikes that allow people of all ages to tour the city with ease.
Founder and owner of Melbourne by Bike Murray Johnson has been guiding bike tours around Melbourne for 20 years. He’s a former journalist and Rotary exchange student who loves travel, golf, snow, and water skiing. He is also one of the company’s five tour guides.
“The bike tour is the perfect way to start your visit and make most of your time here,” Mr Johnson told Docklands News.
“You won’t just see Melbourne on bike, you’ll understand it. We don’t just scratch or smell it from the window.”
During the 25-kilometre bike ride along the Yarra River, an experienced local guide shares the history of our city while participants get to experience Melbourne’s cafe culture, best bars, restaurants, Arts Precinct, famous gardens and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) along the way.
“You don’t need to worry about finding where to go or look on a map, you can just relax and flow with your bike and enjoy the fresh air,” Mr Johnson said, adding that his personal favourite aspect of the tour was a group lunch at Queen Victoria Market (QVM).
With so much of our city to take in, Mr Johnson recommended that tourists take the bicycle tour on their first day as a great way of settling into life in Melbourne.
“That’s because we’ll show you so many great places to shop, take photos, hang-out, eat, drink and explore that you’ll need as much time as possible to get back and enjoy it all,” he said.
Tours are priced from $120, and if you want to pedal less, you can upgrade to an electric bike for $40. •
For more information melbournebybike.com