Post Last Modified – October 25, 2020
If you love spending time outdoors when traveling and taking eco-friendly adventure tours like we do, then you’re going to love this bike tour in Melbourne, Australia. We had a wonderful afternoon on our recent visit to the city with Real Melbourne Bike Tours.
A fully guided professional bicycle tour visiting some of the most popular and scenic parts of Melbourne.
About Real Melbourne Bike Tours
This independently owned and very successful small business has been operating in Melbourne for well over 15 years. Owner / Operator Murray Johnson has combined Rentabike, together with Real Melbourne Bike Tours.
They offer daily bike rentals and tours from his shop located on the banks of the Yarra River at Federation Square.
His team of professional guides will make sure your day is as safe, enjoyable and as memorable as possible.
Murray’s business has received numerous accolades over the years, including International Fashion Magazine Lucire describing Melbourne Bike Tours as being “The Jewel in the Crown” of Melbourne Tours. New Zealand’s Metro Magazine named it one of the “Top 10 Things To Do in Melbourne.”
TripAdvisor has repeatedly given this business a 5 star rating, so it was a no brainer for us, when selecting our tour in the city. 🙂
A Look At Our Real Melbourne City Bike Tour Experience
As luck had it, we picked an absolutely beautiful summer like day in February for our bike tour. The day before it was cool and raining, but on this day, it was perfect for a bicycle ride!
We were fortunate to have Murray as our guide for the day, along with another couple visiting from Germany. After a brief safety introduction and meeting our fellow guests, we were on our way along the banks of the Yarrow River.
Murray explained that we will be making several stops along the way, and will be visiting some of the cities scenic parks, gardens, markets, multicultural neighbors and more. Murray is a former longtime journalist and newspaper editor in Melbourne, his knowledge of the city and its history is extensive.
Your guide will make stops along the way, outlining some of the cities history on your tour.
National Gallery Of Victoria
After getting warmed up cycling the beautiful riverfront promenade, we crossed over the pedestrian bridge making our way to our first stop at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Murray wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to take a quick look and photo of the beautiful water mural display outside, as well as some exhibits and its amazing stained glass ceiling inside the building.
The museum is located directly across from the beautiful King’s Domain city park and botanical gardens.
Queen Victoria Monument And Gardens
Just across the way, we made our next stop beside the Queen Victoria Monument. When she died in 1901, the city of Melbourne proposed a memorial to her. Today, this beautiful monument is surrounded by raised gardens in a lovely park setting.
King’s Domain City Park
We then entered this gorgeous city park and gardens next door. A perfect opportunity for photos and stroll through parts of this lovely park with our bikes in hand.
This park is 36 hectares in size and for obvious reasons, a favorite among locals. We were so glad to be able to see this part of the city on this glorious day!
Rod Laver Arena And Rugby Stadium
We then cycled onward to the cities main sports complexes, playing fields and sports museum. Without paying much attention and just enjoying the sites, Murray led the way taking us back across the Yarrow River to this location.
Stopping at select locations, Murray explained in detail about Australia’s most popular professional sporting event that takes place at their massive stadium; Australian Football!
It was easy to tell he has a passion for the sport, because he even had a ball packed in his saddle bag to show us and throw around. 🙂
After riding around and stopping at the stadium and arena, time to cycle onward towards the very popular Queen Victoria Market. Only open until early afternoon, this busy market was a must see attraction, and where we would be having lunch.
Along the way, our guide led us along various residential streets, passing by parks and some beautiful buildings with unique architecture. All making for some great photo opportunities!
Messina Gelato Ice Cream
As we cycled along some of Melbourne’s multicultural and popular neighborhoods, Murray made a stop at an extremely popular and well known ice cream parlour in this part of the city.
Their specialty is serving Real Italian Gelato ice cream.
A special treat we were not expecting at all, and the ice cream was amazing! After enjoying a rich ice cream cone, it was a little difficult getting back on the bikes again. 🙂
It was on to the Market to give us time to browse and enjoy lunch before closing.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market has been around since 1878, and is a major attraction in the city for locals and tourists alike. The Market is not to be missed when visiting Melbourne.
It is your go to place for fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great food from historic vendors and so much more. We were so happy to have the opportunity to visit on our short visit to the city on this tour.
There were tables outside and Murray put together an outstanding picnic lunch for us. He knew just where to go, selecting some excellent pastry items, fruit and more from the deli’s inside the market.
What a wonderful personal touch Murray adds to his bike tours. I’m quite sure you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere! 🙂
Continuing on cruising the city streets and side roads, we weaved our way through some picturesque neighborhoods, making brief stops along the way. Murray filled us in on some of the history of the area, the unique businesses in operation and more.
Definitely something you would not find on your own without a local guide. Like old street cars on a roof, and quaint corner lot recreational trailer eateries for a start. Some very cool and unique districts and neighborhoods you will discover on this tour.
We had a wonderful day and time spent with our guide and fellow travelers on this tour. If you enjoy the outdoors and eco-friendly adventure tours, this bike tour is a “Must Do” when visiting Melbourne. Perhaps The Best City Bike Tour we have ever taken in our travels!
Included In Your Melbourne 4 Hour City Bike Tour
Bike & Helmet;
Fun and Exercise.
Below, I have listed Real Melbourne Bike Tours & Rentabike’s Official website for your convenience. You can access much more detailed information on their tours offered. There’s contact info and you can make online reservations as well.
I’ve also listed the Official Victoria Australia Tourism link below to their website for your convenience. The link will take you to their page on Melbourne. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful part of Australia has to offer.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our tour was in collaboration with Real Melbourne Bike Tours, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
Did You Know …
“Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling, created by Australian artist, Leonard French.”
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