You might have spotted this peaceful wetland under the West Gate while you were stuck in traffic on the bridge above. Those will seem like the bad old days once you’re lolling beside a lake (take your pick: freshwater or saltwater), enjoying spectacular views of the bay and city skyline, and spotting native birds including swans, spoonbills, ibises and lorikeets. It’s easy and pleasant to cycle there: follow the Main Yarra Trail downstream. (On weekends, a bicycle punt service helps continue your journey across the river towards Scienceworks and Williamstown.) Otherwise, take the 237 Fisherman’s Bend bus, get off at Lorimer Street, then stroll through parkland.