Darebin Yarra Trail link

We're constructing a shared path link from Sparks Reserve, Ivanhoe to Main Yarra Trail, Kew East. When opened, it will provide a much needed Yarra River crossing and an important link in the Principal Bicycle Network.

Project Update - March 2018

The Darebin Yarra Trail link is opening! 

Come and join us as we celebrate the opening of the much needed Darebin Yarra Trail link. We want you to come down and be one of the first to walk or ride the trail. 

What: Official opening of the trail 
Where: Sparks Reserve, Ivanhoe
When:  Sunday 25 March
Time: 10.30am arrival for an 11am start 

Gather your cycling and walking buddies and bring the kids down for a free BBQ hosted by your local community group. 

We’ll be kicking off the BBQ at 11.30am following the opening and will be there until 1pm. Festivities will include:

  • Free community BBQ
  • Coffee cart
  • Information stands

 Please note: There is limited on-street parking and you are encouraged to ride, walk or take public transport on the day.  

The trail will be open at the Willsmere Park end for you when coming from the Main Yarra Trail.  

We’ll have facilities for you to lock up your bikes at Sparks Reserve, too.

Project background 

This $18 million state funded project will provide the 1.8 kilometre missing link of the Darebin Trail from Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe to the Main Yarra Trail in Kew East.  Once this section is complete it will provide access to over 600 km of off-road trails by providing the last link needed to connect: the Main Yarra Trail, the Anniversary Trail, Capital City Trail, Koonung Trail, Gardiners Creek Trail, Merri Creek Trail, Plenty River Trail and the Diamond Creek Trail.

About the project

The trail features:

  • a three metre wide concrete trail
  • three bridges over the Darebin Creek (notes 1, 2 and 3 on trail map)
  • a cantilevered structure behind the Latrobe Golf Course Maintenance Building (note 4 on trail map)
  • a four metre wide bridge over the Yarra River (note 5 on trail map)
  • security fencing alongside the trail through Alphington Grammar School and Latrobe Golf Course with access to the trail available at Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe and Willsmere Park in Kew East.

It has been a major challenge to design the trail and bridges to withstand flooding. An automated flood response system will help everyone  to get off  the trail if a flood occurs. 

Trail Map

This map shows the length of the Darebin Yarra Trail link and how it will connect the existing Darebin Creek Trail with the Main Yarra Trail.

A map of the Dareben Yarra trail link construction project, showing where the path and bridges are going to be placed


  • The completion of the trail will close the gap in Melbourne’s Principal Bicycle network connecting almost 600km of cycling and pedestrian paths across Melbourne’s north and east and completing the missing link between two of the most popular cycling trails in Melbourne.
  • The trail will encourage active modes of transport and lessen the impact of motor vehicles on the environment as well as improving access to local schools, the city and other centres such as the Latrobe Employment cluster.
  • Encourages people to incorporate exercise into commuting. Incidental exercise is highly effective as a means to increase daily physical activity, which can in turn help people to maintain better health.
  • Improves pedestrian and cyclist safety by providing an alternative off-road route.

Contact us

To find out more about the project please contact us. 

Email:  [email protected]
Write:  Darebin Yarra Trail Link, VicRoads, 12 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East 3151

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