Diamond Creek cycling trail links Hurstbridge to CBD

Work on the Diamond Creek Trail extension has entered its final stage, thanks to government funding.

This trail extension will link up with the Main Yarra Trail to form a continuous 55-kilometre trail from Melbourne’s CBD to Hurstbridge, supporting cyclists to commute into the city.

The $5 million extension linking Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge will offer more space for walkers, runners, cyclists, and horse riders, and better connections for commuters and public transport users.

The trail incorporates a paved path for runners, cyclists and walkers, and a natural trail for horse riding. The second stage will build 3.2km of trail between Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge, including six new bridges.

The project is part of the $10 million Northern Metropolitan Trails Program, which is designed to deliver new cycling and walking trails in Melbourne’s north, and encourage more people to use trails to get around, to enjoy themselves and to connect with nature. 

The trail extension has been funded through the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which will create 6,500 hectares of public open space including parkland and trails.

Nillumbik Shire Council has led design and delivery of the project, working with community interest groups and an advisory committee to ensure the new section of trail best meets the needs of the community and integrates with other open space and infrastructure, such as railway stations.

The trail between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen is on track to be complete later this month, with the full trail expected to be open to the public by October 2021.