As a city and a country, Melbourne and wider Australia has some wonderful cycling spots. It may well take a lifetime to visit them all, but certainly were one to try starting at Packer Park is a wise idea.
Tucked away in suburban Carnegie in South-East Melbourne, this velodrome is also a solid spot for a pacey cyclist to access one of those rarely used gears and really go for some speed free of traffic lights and cars that otherwise need factor into a daily ride.
At the outset though, undoubtedly a chief draw of Packer Pack is the history is holds. Originally used as a training ground for cyclists in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics,as well as for athletes heading to the 1960 in Rome, and 1964 games in Tokyo respectively. While Melbourne as a city has changed immensely since Australia's first Olympics Games - and there remain so many other great attractions around the city and suburbs - so too is the opportunity for a young cyclist to ride in the shadows of the giants a treat not to be missed.
Best of all, despite its history the velodrome remains in pristine condition, having been recently repaved.
To non-cyclists this may just look like a patch of foam, but for cyclists this is a beautiful sight.
Accordingly, it is not only an ideal but state of the art place to get on your bike and go for a burn at high speed. This is especially so as the Park is located off a main road in a side street - so though riding here is easy via a number of dedicated bike lanes nearby - once you arrive you can by and large focus on the the spin of your wheels and the sound of your pedals without other distraction.
With this, a note: while the Velodrome is completely free is open for public use, a number of clubs do regularly use it as well. Oftentimes, if just a regular training session it is no issue for other cyclists to hop on, but be prepared to sit for a few minutes if a competitive heat or real intense training session is on. This said, Packer Park also boasts many other drawcards within it.