One of the great ben­e­fits of my new job at the Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion is the loca­tion of the Mel­bourne office: right on the Yarra Riv­er where Church Street becomes Chapel Street, in a com­mer­cial hub of the city known as Cre­morne in Richmond.

At the moment I’m work­ing two days a week in the office, and the remain­ing three from home in Bal­larat. Whilst some might bemoan a long 120km+ com­mute, for me it’s been very enjoyable.

Train portion

Cycling portion

I get up ear­ly, pack the pan­niers on Ser­e­na and ride to Bal­larat Train Sta­tion, bare­ly a kilo­me­tre from my house. From there, I take the train to Spencer Street Sta­tion (as South­ern Cross Sta­tion is known to those of us who grew up in Mel­bourne pre-2005) and ride along the Cap­i­tal City and Yarra Riv­er Trails from the Dock­lands, past Jef­f’s Shed (the Mel­bourne Exhi­bi­tion Cen­tre), the Crown Casi­no and South­bank, then along the south bank of the Yarra to Church Street.

It’s a very nice, easy going 6.5 kilo­me­tre (approx. 4 miles) jour­ney. There are a fair amount of pedes­tri­ans, and some of my fel­low cyclists ride incred­i­bly dan­ger­ous­ly and far too fast for the crowds, but apart from that the scenery is won­der­ful and despite not being the world’s clean­est riv­er, this is a nice sec­tion of the city.

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