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Melbourne, Australia

Although it is the infamous home of Vegemite, Melbourne Australia is better known as a tourist-friendly city of tall buildings, street art, and cricket matches. The capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia, this southern metropolis forms a coastal crescent around Port Phillip Bay. Our guide to the best places to run in Melbourne features routes along the beach, the Yarra River, wonderful parks and gardens, and some of the city’s most interesting sites.

While the beach runs along Melbourne’s coast are second to none, the city also shines when it comes to pristine parks, lake and riverside loops, and well-kempt tracks that carry runners from captivating convents to sweat-inducing staircases.

Melbourne is a large city, so no matter how much mileage you typically rack up in a day, you may want to find another form of transport. Luckily, public transportation in Melbourne is easy to navigate and fairly cheap. There’s even a free tram zone in the Central Business District which makes the commute around the city center a piece of cake. Take it to the start of any of our centrally located routes, and you can run all over the land down under.

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Capital City Trail

Melbourne, Australia

If Melbourne does one thing right, it’s waterfront paths. The crown jewel of these is the Capital City Trail, which tracks the Yarra River through the central part of the city. This mostly paved path is a great flat loop to hop onto for a run of any length.
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Albert Park Lake

Melbourne, Australia

Add this lake to your Melbourne options for waterside routes! Fortunately for runners, the architects of Albert Park had the foresight to build a nearly 7.5 km track along the water’s edge, for a lovely lake tour.
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Solar System Trail

Melbourne, Australia

It’s hard to resist the Bay Trail, or the “Solar System Trail” which keeps you going from the Sun to Pluto with the astrophysics themed artwork scaled down to the length of this seaside path.
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Maribyrnong River Loop

Melbourne, Australia

Another river in Melbourne that's great for running. The Maribyrnong River, which pours into the Yarra from the northwest corner of the city, is bordered by a lovely paved shared use path which is separated from the water by nothing but a stand of palm trees.
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Williamstown

Melbourne, Australia

While Carlton and Fitzroy often take the credit for being the "hippest" neighborhoods in Melbourne, Williamstown to the west is another fun choice for a day of running, shopping, and eating. We've designed a 'tour of Williamstown', and a longer coastal route.
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Capital City Trail

Melbourne, Australia

If Melbourne does one thing right, it’s waterfront paths. The crown jewel of these is the Capital City Trail, which tracks the Yarra River through the central part of the city. This mostly paved path is a great flat loop to hop onto for a run of any length.
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Go to Visit Melbourne to plan lodging and travel.

Check out Clubs of Australia for local group runs. The Running Company and Athlete’s Foot are the major running store chains in Melbourne.

Check out Run Australia for races and events.