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/ 22 Mar 2018
Depending on preference on sights and sceneries, runners can pound the trails or pavements and run circles around parks, rivers, lakes and beaches.

Lovingly known as 'The Tan', Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is Melbourne’s green lung for walkers, joggers and marathon-goers alike.  Though it's award-winning flora is the main attraction, '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. Birdwood Ave, South Yarra Victoria 3141, +61 3 9252 2300

Upon completing the 3.8km loop, visitors can pop in The Terrace located in the gardens for some traditional scones topped with jam and cream or Jardin Tan to tuck in to fusion French/Vietnamese cuisine cooked with local ingredients and produce grown in the kitchen garden.

Not just for high-octane sports such as the annual Formula One Grand Prix, Albert Park Lake is also home to a popular, flat asphalt walking and running track that circles the scenic lake. Runners can take in the views of boat on the water and the city skyline while running past lush green lawns and sports fields. Apart from the lake, sports enthusiasts can utilise facilities in the area such as a golf driving range, gymnasium and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Lakeside Drive, Albert Park, Victoria 3206, +61 3 8627 4699

At the northern tip of the 4.9km loop, runners can fuel up at Kettle Black prior to their run. Runners can take a short stroll to Middle Park and cool down by the sea at Sand Bar Beach Café post-run.


Port Melbourne foreshore

Visitors wanting to head further afield can enjoy a sea-breezy run along the foreshore of St Kilda. Stretching eleven kilometres from Port Melbourne to Elwood along the Hobsons Bay coastline, the St Kilda Foreshore Trail is a shared running and cycling track suitable for a run or walk. Along the trail visitors can enjoy views of the pier, sea baths, marina and Catani Gardens. Perc White Reserve, Port Melbourne, +61 3 9209 6777

Runners preferring an evening run can enjoy the classic St Kilda moment from the pier, gazing across the skylines as the sun sets and eventually winding down with an icy beverage at Captain Baxter in the St Kilda Sea Baths or Big Mouth on Acland Street.

Those north of the city centre should visit Princes Park, which comes alive when the university crowd, sports teams and personal trainers converge at the park. As runners circle the park in Carlton North on a flat, soft gravel track they will 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 Royal Parade. Runners needing a stretch can stop by exercise stations dotted around the 3.2km loop track. 200-590 Royal Parade, Carlton North VIC 3054 +61 9658 9658

Close by, pop in Naughty Boy Café for a wholesome breakfast parfait or Rhapsodys Café  for a pot of fruity start.


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