Runner hot spots
Here are some of the hot spots in and around Melbourne, we recommend doing a bit of research if you don't know the area before heading out.
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One of Melbourne's most popular and well known spots for running and running groups, the track around the Botanical gardens is around 3.8KM with some interesting hills depending which way you choose to run. You will find running groups constantly running around the Tan and big events in Melbourne running around or through the Tan including Melbourne Marathon, Run Melbourne, Mothers Day Classic, The Tan Ultra and more. There is usually parking around the track, the track is lit up at night, there are lots of taps and the beautiful gardens and music bowl inside of the track. A must for running visitors.
Feel like exploring some trails? Want some great views? Walking, hiking or running, there a number of trails for you to explore that will keep you coming back, the You Yangs host a number of events throughout the year including a weekly parkrun, it’s worth the drive out of Melbourne to run here, there are picnic areas, toilets and car parking, its worth checking the Parks Victoria site for more info on opening times and other info on the area. This is a trail runner hot spot.
St Kilda / Elwood
St Kilda to Elwood
A hit with locals and tourist for the beach, the views and venues surrounding, runners love this area for the same reasons plus the great paths that let us run along and take it all in. You can choose to start your run here or start in another area and run through St Kilda to your destination as this path seems to go and go and go, this great track along the beach stretches from Port Melbourne through St Kilda to Brighton and beyond. There is taps all along this track and usually well lit at night. St Kilda also is popular in Triathlon season and this stretch of road is used in Melbourne Marathon.
Port Melbourne Beach
A great spot to head to for a run, a popular spot to start a out and back run with options of following the track all the way to Brighton and back (a nice 21k out and back), this is a great run as you are not crossing roads or waiting for traffic lights, another option
is following the path along the tram line, this will take you directly into the city.
There are plenty of places to get breakfast or lunch in the area and you will find drinking taps, lights along the tracks and great beach views.
Popular with runners, walkers and mountain bikes, plenty of trails to run, you can plan to do some adventuring and run long or do a shorter lap of the lake, you will find some nice hills to run up and down, there is plenty of wild life in the area to admire and be aware of. There is parking and taps at the carpark, if running long be sure to take water/gels, theres not much out there on the longer trails.
Capital City Trail
Around Melbourne City
Its called a trail but its almost completely paved, the full loop around the city is about 30km depending on if you take the short cuts, this is a very popular spot for long runs and marathon training as it has its inclines and small hills to keep it interesting, you need to know where you are going as the signs are not always easy to follow, there is some road crossings along the way but is well worth it as you take in some great views of Melbourne. There is taps along the way but keep an eye out or you might run past them. We recommend looking this up in more detail for first timers or run with someone who knows, popular start spot for this loop is The Tan.
One of the oldest parks in Melbourne and heritage listed, the park right on the edge of the city and next to Flagstaff station has a 1.2KM path around it with tracks also running up through the park to mix up your run if you want to take in some grass and trees in the city, you will find locals and city workers running laps here, and others relaxing in the park on a sunny day.
Parking is limited, there is drinking taps and lighting around the park, located on the corner of King and La Trobe streets in Melbourne.
You will feel like you are hours out of the city, but this amazing Park is less than 6KM from the heart of the city! Some great trail runs around and through the park, some that will lead you onto Capital City Trail. There is parking and toilets close to the Boathouse cafe where you can grab a bite or coffee after some nice trail running, there is also a parkrun on Saturdays that gives you a nice 5k snapshot of whats on offer.
Albert Park Lake
A flat and fast 5K loop around Albert Park lake, very popular with parkrun on Saturday mornings, also popular for running laps with a well maintained track and drink taps located around the track, plus plenty of parking. Within the area is Melbourne sports and aquatic centre, Athletics Victoria, Lakeside stadium, a golf corse, football and soccer fields, and Albert Park is where the Australian F1 is hosted each year. A lot of Melbournes biggest running events run through Albert Park including Melbourne Marathon. Something to note is the track is not well lit up at night.
Surf Coast Trail
Great Ocean Road
Known also as the Surf Coast Walk, this path/trail follows the coast from Torquay to Aireys Inlet, with easy access points along the way you can chose to run long or short, and start your run from various access spots. You will find walkers, runners and cyclists enjoying the views on these well maintained tracks. There is parking available in the towns along the way and some taps spotted around near car parks. Some great events use parts of this trail including Surf Coast Century, Afterglow and Roo Run.
What a beautiful city, run around it, run through it, but choose the time wisely, it can be rather busy, and a stop start sort of run, so not the place if you want a quick non stop run, but a great spot to grab some mates and run the streets, the track along the Yarra and around to the Docklands are runner friendly, taps are randomly spotted around the place, watch out for bikes and people walking around looking at phones, its a great place to run early morning or evenings. We recommend running with friends, we often have social run meet ups in the city, keep an eye out for posts on our Instagram page.
With a path stretching along the beach for about 6KM going through the heart of Williamstown this is a popular spot for running especially in the warmer months, you can start at one end and do an out and back 12KM along the beach taking in the views of Melbourne city in the distance, there is also the options of making your own loop around the streets incorporating the path along the beach or even running from Melbourne to Williamstown, this can be a longer run so look into before you head out. There is taps and lighting along the main track, plus parking and cafes and pubs for post run breaky or beers.
With over 9KM of path in the park and the park joining the Dandenong creek and Eastlink trail (amongst others) you won't be short of somewhere to run, within the park it is majority paved track with some easy trail areas to have fun on, a nice lake to run around and they have a parkrun every weekend, this is a peaceful spot to run, there is plenty of parking, a large cafe, there is some drinking taps mainly near car parks and playgrounds, there is minimum lighting at night in some areas. You will also find local running groups based here.
A very popular spot with all levels of runner, with many trails to explore you will find walkers, runners and mountain bike riders in the area, great trails, great views at the top. Also a popular spot for events each year such as Two Bays Trail Run and Sharpys Beer Run. Would recommend planning ahead if you don’t know the area, some of these trails will take you far and wide. There is also run crews that frequent this area and run crews based in the area.
Located not far out of the city you will find this nice big park with football and cricket ovals, a football stadium and nice gardens with a great running track around and through it, and if you get sick of the paved track you can hit the grass for a few laps, a running hot spot for some time with great running events being held here including a weekly park run. You will find drinking taps in the park and cafes nearby with parking around the track also.