Darebin Yarra Trail link

The Darebin Yarra Trail link is open!

The link provides a much-needed crossing over the Yarra River as well as an important link in the Principal Bicycle Network - you can now cycle or walk from the Darebin Trail in Sparks Reserve, Ivanhoe to the Main Yarra Trail in Kew East.  

Project Update – April 2018

Hundreds of cyclists, walkers and conservationists converged at Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe for the much-anticipated opening of the Darebin Yarra Trail link in late March. 

For the local community, the opening of the trail marked the end of an almost 25-year journey, dating back to 1993 when the first concept plans were developed. The Community Coalition for the Darebin-Yarra Trail and Bicycle Network Victoria were at the forefront of this long campaign and the opening was a great victory for both groups.

A great day was had by all. It was a huge testament to a long-term collaboration between VicRoads, the local community and several other government departments and agencies working together to deliver this signature community project.

Happy riders at the opening of the Darebin Yarra Trail Link - smaller


Planning for a local link at Farm Road for Alphington residents, who currently still have to travel on main roads to access the trail at either end, is under way. Options for this link are being developed and will be available to the community for feedback in the second half of the year.  

Project background 

This $18 million state funded project provides the 1.8 kilometre missing link of the Darebin Trail from Sparks Reserve in Ivanhoe to the Main Yarra Trail in Kew East.  The completion of this section of trail provides the last link to access over 600 km of off-road trails connecting: 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.
  • An automated flood response system to help everyone get off the trail if a flood occurs. 

Trail Map

The map shows the length of the Darebin Yarra Trail link and how it connects the existing Darebin Creek Trail with the Main Yarra Trail.

Map of new section of Darebin Creek Trail connecting main rail trail to Sparks Reserve - smaller version 

View a larger version of the Darebin Creek Trail map which connecting main rail trail to Sparks Reserve map [JPEG 282Kb]


  • The completion of the trail closes 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.
  • It will provide a safe and pleasant alternative to the very busy Heidelberg Road for local residents, including schoolkids, and a safe link to the CBD and other business centres for commuter cyclists.
  • 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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