Victorians! As some of your may know, V/Line has been offering free travel on its services over this past week to make up for ongoing service disruptions. The offer was due to end today, but it has now been extended for another week — until the last service on Sunday 7 February. The offer includes all services, including Night Coaches. This is a great opportunity to get out and about the state and explore those places you’ve been meaning to visit — or just have a look at the network map and do a lucky dip! It’s recommended to book tickets early as trains and coaches are expected to fill up quickly. More info here. Happy travels!
We Melburnians are fortunate souls. I felt this particularly keenly the other day as I cycled the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail for the first time. Surrounded by green, and with frequent easy access to public drinking taps, we cycled all the way from Brunswick to Tullamarine hardly ever seeing a car. I’ve long been a fan of the beautiful Merri Creek Trail, but the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail turns out to be equally lovely, even if it’s not quite as well maintained. As the trail winds along the creek, it takes you through stark industrial underpasses and lush parkland, including one of the prettiest picnic spots I’ve yet come across in Melbourne. The trail is 25km long, linking the Docklands with Tullamarine, with only a short on-road section in the quiet backstreets of Essendon. If you are in the mood for a full day’s ride, there are also connections to the Merri Creek trail and the Capital City Trail. For more information on the trail, visit the Moreland City Council website.