Melbourne, Australia

The Tan Track & Domain Parklands

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The “Tan” is a hugely popular gravel running route looping around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Domain. The Domain Parklands include Kings Domain, Government House Reserve, Shrine of Remembrance Reserve and the Royal Botanic Gardens, extending to the river.

The loop itself is only about 4 km (2.4 miles), but you can extend your route on any of the park’s many trails. The gardens and the ornamental lake they circle are alluring, but it’s also worth checking out the World War I Shrine of Remembrance, monument to lost Oarsmen, and the Government House (where the Governor of Victoria Resides). If you’re lucky, you can catch a Quidditch match in action at the Harry Potter inspired Quidditch Park. Overall, it’s a flat, easy to navigate run that will breeze by with all the greenery and scenery.

For a longer run, enjoy the trails along the Yarra River (see our route there).

Botanical Gardens Info
Essentials
  • 4 km (2.4 miles) loop. For a longer run, trails along Yarra River.
  • 123 feet (37.5 meters)
  • Domain Road and Birdwood Ave
  • The Domain Road transit stop will spit you out right at the entrance to the Tan.