Where to ride: While everyone else is pedaling along Port Phillip Bay, revel in the beautiful backcountry en route to the summit of Mount Donna Buang. “The main road up is a scenic climb, but deviating from the well-worn track and going up the mountain via the back road lifts the riding experience to a whole new level,” says Ella CyclingTips co-editor Simone Giuliani. “The partly dirt back road is where you feel enveloped by the mountain ash and tree ferns of the Yarra Ranges National Park.” Throughout the 35-mile Mt Donna Buang loop, which starts at the Cog Bike Café in Warburton, you’ll ascend over 4,300 feet and enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne, Yarra Valley, and the Victorian Alps.
Where to rest: In the St. Kilda Road district, take out a Krona bike from The Blackman (summer rates from $299), an art and food lovers boutique property, and pedal along the bay on Beach Road to Aspendale for a postcard perfect picnic in front of the famous colorful huts.
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