Bay Trail (Australia)

The Bay Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians which follows the coastline of Port Phillip Bay through the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3]

Bay Trail
Bayside Trail - Brighton, Victoria.jpg
Part of the Bay Trail in Brighton
LengthApprox. 49.8 km from the Yarra River, Port Melbourne to Seaford
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cycling details
Trail difficultyEasy
HazardsCar park entrances/exits between Mentone and St Kilda; Heavy pedestrian traffic between Brighton and Port Melbourne, particularly during warmer months; Missing section of trail between Cromer Road and Charman Road, Beaumaris
SurfaceConcrete & bitumen north of Mordialloc, gravel south.
HillsMinor hills between Mentone and St Kilda
WaterWater fountains at several stages between Mordialloc and Port Melbourne
Connecting transport
Train(s)Frankston line (Carrum), Sandringham (Sandringham)

The trail begins at Austin Road, Seaford near the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands viewing platform and travels north. The trail ends just north of the West Gate Bridge in Port Melbourne. On weekends, a punt ferries pedestrians and bicycles across the Yarra River to Spotswood in the city's west.

North of Brighton the path is mostly split in two; providing separate facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. These areas are also popular with inline skaters.

The path is not signed between Seaford and Mentone Life Saving Club, but from there to the city the route is signed well and is easy to navigate.

Following the pathEdit

  • In the south, the trail begins a short distance from Seaford railway station on the corner of Austin Road and Erwin Drive.
  • Following the path, head north on the west side of the Seaford Wetlands.
  • The trail appears to end at Armstrongs Road in Seaford, however it continues at the end of Wilson Grove; the first street to the right.
  • At Seaford North Primary School, take the right path through the woodlands.
  • The path runs parallel to the Eel Race Drain next to Patterson River Secondary College. Take the footbridge over the Eel Race Drain.
  • Once across the footbridge, turn right along the gravel path that runs next to Emma Street. The path goes inbetween the backs of the houses.
  • Take the left path to travel through Roy Dore Reserve in Carrum. You may have to ride along Dyson Road past the kindergarten because there is no path. When the street turns to go left, turn right along the path that heads north through the houses towards the Patterson River.
  • A set of pedestrian lights has been installed on busy McLeod Road, Carrum, opposite McDougall Reserve. On the northern side of the crossing is Launching Way, where the trail continues towards the Patterson River boat launching ramps. Turn left onto the Danadenong Creek Trail/Bay Trail; where the trail then heads south-west for a short distance (0.5 km) towards the bay.
  • Just before the Nepean Highway/Frankston Train Line overpass, ride up to the new Station Street bridge and cross the Patterson River, heading back down onto the northern embankment. Head north-east inland for approximately 2 km along the Patterson River track.
  • After 2 km, merge left down an embankment onto the Long Beach/Bay Trail now heading north-west towards Mordialloc.
  • Travel through Bicentennial Park, past the Netball Courts and to the set of traffic lights on Thames Promendade. Cross Thames Promenade and continue down the track.
  • Cross Edithvale Road at the lights and head past the Edithvale Recreation Reserve, still heading north.
  • Stay on the gravel path, going past Browns Reserve and Mordialloc College.
  • The trail then goes under the railway bridge at Mordialloc. Ride through the carpark, then merge onto the Nepean Highway footpath.
  • Straight after crossing the Mordialloc Creek, take a sharp right and travel through the underpass at Nepean Highway. Follow the trail towards the Pier, taking the right path before the Tour De Cafe.
  • Follow the path to the beach, and from Mordialloc onward, the trail now runs along the coast between the sand and Beach Road. Take the concrete path along the foreshore through the Mordialloc Beach, and then take the gravel section of the trail between Mordialloc and Parkdale, running between the sand dunes.
  • At the Parkdale Beach Cafe and Kiosk, the Bay Trail is still yet to be extended to the Mentone Life Saving Club. Walkers can take the concrete path down to the shore and follow that to the Mentone Life Saving Club, but cyclists should probably use Beach Road after the Parkdale Yacht Club.
  • From Mentone Life Saving Club onward, the trail is concrete, with a dashed line in the centre.
  • From here, navigation is fairly self-explanatory. The trail heads north-west towards Port Melbourne, passing through the suburbs of Black Rock, Sandringham, Hampton, Brighton, Elwood, St Kilda, Middle Park, and Albert Park.
  • The trail ends at Sandridge Life Saving Club, near the mouth of the Yarra River.



Cyclists from the western suburbs can access the northern end of the trail using the West Gate Punt when it is in service. Access from the Melbourne city centre is via the Sandridge Trail. In the south, there are numerous connections to other paths including the Mordialloc Creek Trail and Braeside Park. At Patterson River, the trail meets the Dandenong Creek Trail (Ride on the southern embankment under neath Wells Road and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, which in turn connects to the EastLink Trail. The most southerly point is in Seaford at the southern end of the Seaford Swamp near Austin Rd. Users can continue inland along a footpath which connects to the Peninsula Link Trail.

A path runs along Elwood Canal / Elster Creek, ending near Gardenvale Station

North end at 37°49′45″S 144°54′03″E / 37.829302°S 144.900715°E / -37.829302; 144.900715. South end at 38°06′18″S 145°08′08″E / 38.105002°S 145.135552°E / -38.105002; 145.135552.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ VicRoads - Bicycle Facilities Map Archived 2007-02-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Maps
  3. ^ "Melbourne and Geelong's shared paths in Google Earth". Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  • 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. pp105–109. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7

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