Cycling the Federation Trail from Werribee to town was on the cards today. This beautiful day with light winds and after all that rain lately.
In the end, I cycled a succession of trails. Federation Trail followed by Kororoit Creek Trail, M80 Trail and Marybyrnong Creek Trail.
Apologies yet again for the gap in the map. The Runkeeper app just doesn’t play ball after 40km or so.
First off, train to Werribee station. The Werribee River with a trail alongside are just next to the station. Not far from where the Federation Trail starts.
Following Werribee River
Beautiful, isn’t it? Would you believe that this is next to outer suburbia?
Soon enough, you reach Princes Freeway. And the beginning of the Federation Trail. Can you guess which bridge belongs to which?
There is a further 3rd bridge to the far right above. For pedestrians and maintenance vehicles. I did cross that 3rd bridge for curiosity and found the below on the other side.
Life in New Werribee is living in shipping containers?
The Federation Trail follows Melbourne’s first outfall sewer, which stretched westwards out of town to Port Phillip Bay. To south of current day Werribee. Most likely the Federation Trail is the old maintenance trail for the sewer.
The trail started next to those bridges above where this sign was. Duncans Road is not part of the trail.
Plenty of signage along the way, explaining the history of the sewer. A cool 100+ years old and must have been an engineering marvel at the time.
The remnants of the sewer was soon visible as I cycled northeast. Whether this section is in use today or not, I don’t know. It looked somewhat newish. The sewer was either open, closed or buried.
There are sections of the Federation Trail which divert away from the sewer line. In particular around Hopper’s Crossing’s train station.
You can see the lack of a surfaced trail in the picture below looking back. I arrived from the left as there is no trail just here.
A couple of pictures of historical sewer constructions.
Well, this section is obviously no longer in use.
Well, I can bore you dear reader with lots of straight line trail and sewer pictures… Instead, I found this signage which perhaps does not send quite the right signals.
And with a straight trail and straight sewer line next to it… Illustrative for how it looked for long patches.
My first break for the day was here. Where Kororoit Creek Trail crosses Federation Trail. Kororoit Creek itself is just behind me.
This area of Melbourne is quite industrial and not always scenic.
Federation Trail is now almost done so I decided to cycle north on Kororoit Creek Trail instead. A new trail to explore…
Kororoit Creek Trail
I think this area is Laverton North west of Brooklyn. The industrial theme continued.
Soon, it got more attractive. I liked this old bridge, transformed into a new life as a combined pedestrian and cycle crossing.
I arrived at M80 and from there it was M80 trail northeast. Advertising of dirt cheap land next to the freeway did still not attract any takers. Is that $5 per week or month or…?
My intention was to cycle the M80 Trail to Brimbank Park where I have been before. Looking down from a freeway bridge just before the park and you can visualise activity down there at times.
Marybyrnong Creek Trail
Marybyrnong Creek Trail from Brimbank Park back to town I know well. A familiar bike route which I have also walked with a backpack practicing for the Camino.
Today, there were issues. Lots of rain in Victoria lately and serious flooding on the trail.
What to do? What had others done? They had walked up on the side with or without bikes and circumvented the water.
It took me a few attempts just to get up there with my bike. Muddy and slippery as…
From the other side of the flooding, it looked like this.
Ha! I remembered earlier seeing red and white chequered tape on the ground, but didn’t think reflect on it. I just went across a closed section of the trail. That figures…
I finish off with a sea of green plastic as the weather closed in. They were serious in revegetating this section…
Next, I cycled Marybyrnong Creek Trail to Footscray Road on to Docklands and then back to the city.
In summary, a lovely bike ride of around 70km, but I wouldn’t recommend it for walking. Flat as a pancake for most of it except for some sections along Kororoit Creek Trail.
Yes, another lovely day out followed by a 25km walk the next day. But that is all in the next post…