Cycling in Melbourne Australia
The punt leaves from the (pretty much) the end of lorimer street.
But, the best way to cycle from the city to Williamstown is to cycle there. If you prefer cycle paths, you can go Footscray Road, and then there's a bike path on Hyde that goes pretty-much the whole way there. Otherwise you can take the road, but it's best to avoid routes that have a lot of trucks on them.
I saw an article in The Age a few weeks ago about the Yarra Punt getting more funding, so my mate and I set off from Frankston and intended using it to get across and continue on to Willy, we reckoned on about a 130km round trip. We got to the little jetty it uses on the Lorimer Street side, but there was no punt to be seen anywhere, we were there at about 10:00 am so it wasn't like we were too early.
I was looking forward to checking out the view from the water.
Anyway we turned around, had a bit of lunch in Black Rock and got home, I think I beat 100km by about 800 metres.
We intend to give it another try soon, but their publicity is a bit on the hard to find side of things.
Haven't tried the Footscray Rd route by bike myself (driven it once or twice for work and on hols before moving here), but on a map, it looks like less hassle than waiting for a punt and slowly motoring across the river. Mind you, it's not always about speed and convenience.
I think the punt funding has been approved but the money is yet to come through, which would explain why it wasn't there. It has been running on the weekends according to...
...but cancelled last summer's weekday trials due to lack of funding. Who knows what's going on? :-)
We went there on a Sat morning. We went for two reasons, one of which was to get a look at that part of Melb from the water.
I would imagine if you timed it correctly it would save you quite a bit of time on a regular commute.
We'll try again though because we're a stubborn pair of blokes.
I rang the number on their website and it has a recorded message saying it runs on the weekend from 10:00 am, when we were there it was pretty close to 10, maybe we were a bit early. We couldn't see it so we diecided to go back to St.Kilda for some brekky!
Next time we'll make sure we are there after 10. I'm looking forward to going across the river and seeing the city from the water, not just as a shorter way to Willy