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 running in Melbourne features routes along the beach, the Yarra River, wonderful parks and gardens, and some of the city’s most interesting sites. Note we also have separate running guides for Geelong and the Dandenong Ranges, nearby.
Among the best places to run in Melbourne are numerous waterfront options, include the Capital City Trail along the Yarra River, the Docklands area, and trails along the Maribyrnong River and Albert Park Lake. We’ve also included a central Melbourne tour featuring several historic parks, the Olympics site, and Parliament House. For beach running, it’s hard to beat the Solar System Trail and beaches along Port Phillip Bay. For parks, we love The ‘Tan’ around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Domain, as well as Yarra Bend and Princes Park. We’ve also included routes around hip neighborhoods. For trail running, we recommend Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Public transportation in Melbourne is easy to navigate and fairly cheap. There’s even a free tram zone in the CBD, which can be used to start of many of our centrally located routes.