Melbourne, Australia

Yarra Bend Park and Abbotsford Convent

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The twists and turns of the Yarra River are the stars of this running route, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Melbourne if you didn’t make a point to visit the fascinating peaked roofs and decorative windows of the historic Abbotsford Convent. Start and end at this architectural gem, and in between you can explore the banks of the river where it loops back on itself in almost a complete circle. A network of paved trails and fun footbridges connect the Yarra Bend and Studley Parks, winding through stands of trees, sprawling lawns, and fantastic views of the Melbourne skyline. After, you can explore the area around the Convents and reward yourself with a treat from the famous Convent Bakery.

Yarra Park is also home to Parkrun, a free group 5k held every Saturday morning. You can see the course map and learn more here.

Video: Yarra Park, Yarra Bend Park, Studley Park (20 min.)


  • 10.9 km (6.8 miles) loop
  • 398 feet
  • Abbotsford Convent
  • The Victoria Park train stop or the Clarke Street bus will put you within running distance of the Convent.