Aboriginal rock carving at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Capital City Trail

This trail links some of the best cultural, entertainment, sporting and outdoor recreation opportunities that Melbourne has to offer. Starting at the vibrant entertainment hub of Southbank, it winds along the grassy banks of the Yarra River past the Victorian Arts Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, the MCG and Melbourne Park, and the elegant grandeur of historic Como House. Other highlights along the Yarra include Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park, the Burnley Gardens, Dights Falls and Yarra Bend Park, with its native bushland, popular boathouses and excellent public golf course.

The trail follows the route of the old Inner Circle Railway through Royal Park, home of the world-renowned Melbourne Zoo, before heading back along Moonee Ponds Creek to the exciting new Docklands precinct, past the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and Melbourne Exhibition Centre back to Southbank.

Make the most of the trail by allowing plenty of time to stop at your favourite attractions or picnic in leafy gardens or on a tranquil riverbank.

Distance: 29km
Duration: 4 hours
Track condition: Good
Grade: Easy
Start: Southbank
Finish: Southbank.

Content: Tourism Victoria

How to get here

Melbourne