Running from the Western Ring Road right down to Dights Falls, where it joins the Main Yarra Trail, the Merri Creek Trail is 20km of heaven for a lover of relaxing bike rides like myself. There is much to see and do along the way if you feel so inclined, like enjoy a coffee at the organic cafe at CERES Community Environment Park or visit the Collingwood Children's Farm.
There are many places to get on and off the trail and there are many other bike paths that join or intersect with Merri Creek. I have already mentioned the Main Yarra Trail and there are several others including the Western Ring Road path to the North and the Capital City Trail which joins the Merri Creek Trail at Rushall train station.
Riding along the trail is extremely relaxing as the birds sing and the river trickles lazily by. It would be easy to lose yourself completely to the wildlife here, if it weren't for the path occasionally leading you back up to the road and civilisation. But that's fine, as moments later you will be back amongst the flora and fauna, gently winding your way down the river, crossing it here and there on low wooden bridges, feeling at one with the wildlife on the river bed.
I could honestly ride this path every day and not get bored with it, it's such a wonderful escape in the heart of Melbourne. There are many picnic benches along the route as well, so take some fine food and drink along and enjoy a delightful day out amongst the birds and trees and feel the stresses of city life melt away.