Elster Creek Trail is a fantastic if little-known little cycling trail Bentleigh. Less than a kilometre in length, it's unlikely to be graced by a ride from a Tour De France athlete, but does indeed offer a great little spot to take the kids over the weekend and let them pedal their hearts out with no worry of cars (though keeping an eye for other trail users always wise).
Just 5 minutes from Bentleigh Railway station and the busy Centre Road - with its own wonderful mix of cafes, eateries, and Co to spend an evening or weekend afternoon - the Trail is wonderful for being a little pocket of peace in a bustling and busy suburb.
In this regard its proximity to Allnut Park (serving as an end-point for one side of the trail) serves as a wonderful complement and offers a chance to combine a bike ride with a picnic or whirl on the playground.
Finally, though the route is great overall it does come to a sudden stop on Hawthorn Road - with a busy road and many cars at the intersection (with little signage warning of this at present ) - so being aware beforehand of when its time to slow it down is vital.
It is important you ready to hit the brakes when you arrive at Hawthorn Road.
All up, while the trail may be too small for a committed cyclist to use in their morning or after-work rides the trail has recently installed a full-scale bike service station. All up then, the Trail is a worthwhile visit for anyone seeking a quiet place to run or get in a few laps on the bike.
The paved Elster Creek Traill as described in this article ends at Thomas Street not Hawthorn Road. Your above photo showing the end is at Thomas Street. Many thanks for your emails which have a lot of information in them.