Go west! The western suburbs of Melbourne also have plenty to offer, and Williamstown, by the Port Philip Bay is the pick of the bunch; offering historic buildings, alfresco dining and some of the best views of the city skyline anywhere in Melbourne. There are a couple of different options to reach this side of town by bike, you can go via Docklands and Footscray Rd, past the port area, or take the Westgate Punt Ferry Service from Fisherman’s Bend, under the Westgate Bridge to Spotswood . On this recommended route, we’ve included both options.
Melbourne’s newest suburb is a biking haven, with bike paths running from the Yarra River to Footscray Rd. The modern Library at the Dock is one of five public libraries in the City of Melbourne and is worth checking out – even if it’s just for the free wifi. You’ll find it at the end of Collins St. at Victoria Harbour.
After riding along Footscray Rd you’ll probably work up a little hunger. And there’s a couple of places we recommend you go! Footscray is a suburb rich in culture, many cultures actually. At Nhu Lan Bakery (116 Hopkins St, opposite Footscray Market), for around $6 you’ll find some of the best Vietnamese Bahn Mi in Melbourne. Just down the street is T. Cavallaro & Sons, an Italian pastry shop who are famous for their Cannoli. Don’t be fooled by her looks, Footscray is a cultural melting pot you don’t want to miss.
When arriving in Williamstown, be sure to take the take the scenic bay route along The Strand. At Nelson Place, you’ll find buildings dating back to the 1800s. Today they house many restaurants, cafes and boutique shops, it’s a great place to spend a lazy couple of hours. Wander across the road to the park and you can walk along Gem Pier, current home of the museum ship, HMAS Castlemaine. At the other side of Williamstown, looking south to the bay, you’ll find Williamstown Beach.
Westgate punt Ferry Service
The punt service takes bikers from Spotswood on one side of the river to Fishermans Bend on the other side and vice versa. The service runs 6:30 – 9am and 3:30 – 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Weekends.
For the latest times, please go to http://westgatepunt.com/ or call 0419999458.