I am always looking for new things to experience with our family. There is so much out there and it would be great to share some of our weekend adventures.
Published October 26th 2017
Align the planets with your bike
We are always on the lookout for finding interesting bike riding trails that are family friendly and stumbled across the Melbourne Solar System trail which has all the right ingredients for a fun family ride – good location, educational for the kids, well-marked cycle trail and lovely bayside scenery as the cherry on the top!
This trail is self-guided and commences at the southern end of St Kilda beach and finishes in Port Melbourne after trekking for a total distance of 5.9 kilometres. We were all excited and ready to go on the voyage of discovery ...
We had to follow the foreshore trail north to visit the eight planets which are accurately scaled to size and distance. The first five planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter) were close to each other and relatively quick to find.
The trail information provided stated that the trip from the Sun to Pluto should take about 90 minutes and this was reasonably accurate. We overshot the timing as we did take a few breaks along the way.
The foreshore trail is vibrant and is a lovely setting for a bike ride. The day we trekked out was beautiful with lots of activity everywhere. We took a leisurely pace given we had the kids with us. It took us longer to reach the remaining planets as the riding distance increased as we went from Jupiter to Saturn. Not being regular cyclists, we were feeling a bit weary by the time we reached Uranus!
Get on your bike and trail blaze through the solar system!
The path is well maintained and well-marked for cyclists and walkers. There were lots of water stations along the path and we topped up our water bottles at regular intervals. There were also toilet stations along the way, which were clean and available for a quick pit stop.
Luckily there were lots of refreshment options along the way and we stopped to enjoy a cold treat and also take a break on the seats found along the track path before we reached Neptune.
The last stop to Pluto seemed to take forever. However, once we saw what looked like the final planet sculpture, after passing Princes Pier and landing at Sandridge Beach, we felt out of this world! We were so ecstatic that you would have thought we actually landed on Pluto itself!
The Solar System trail is definitely a memorable bike ride with the kids. The trail is an awesome idea to try out as it cleverly and beautifully conveys the vastness of our solar system in a meaningful way. Just take the ride at an easy-going pace and you and your family are guaranteed to have a wonderful day!