Top 5 running trails
Discover the best running trails in and around Melbourne. Pound the pavement (or purpose-built track), and run circles around parks, rivers, lakes and beaches.
1. The Tan
Earn serious Melbourne cred as you join local runners on this loop around the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens. Named for the Gardens, the 'Tan is one of Melbourne's most popular walking and running tracks, with plenty of shade, greenery, views of the Yarra River, and a challenging incline.
2. Albert Park Lake
Not just for high-octane sports, Albert Park Lake is home to a popular, flat asphalt walking and running track that circles the lake. Run past green lawns and sports fields, taking in views of boats on the water and the city skyline.
3. St Kilda Foreshore Trail
11km one way
Stretching eleven kilometres from Port Melbourne to Elwood along the Hobsons Bay coastline, this shared running and cycling track is great for a sea-breezy run. Run the length of the trail, or take it easy along the St Kilda foreshore, enjoying views of the pier, sea baths, marina and Catani Gardens.
4. Princes Park
Join the university crowd, sports teams and personal trainers galore as you circle Princes Park in Carlton North on a flat, soft gravel track. Run past Ikon Park, formerly the Princes Park Football Ground (home of the Carlton Football Club), the boundary of Melbourne General Cemetery, Melbourne University colleges, and along Royal Parade. Break up your run at exercise stations dotted around the track.
5. Yarra Trails
The hills are alive with runners and cyclists on the Yarra Trails. Set out in the CBD and follow the shared, asphalt Main Yarra Trail along the Yarra River and head for the hills, taking in the Abbotsford Convent, Dights Falls, Studley Park Boatshed and Yarra Bend Park. Connect up with the Capital City Trail for a waterfront run through the city and Docklands.
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