Distance: 3.8 kilometers
By far Melbourne’s most popular running track, The Tan is a 3.8 kilometer lap around Kings Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens which attracts footballers and Olympians. Originally a horse track, the path is mostly gravel and can be challenging depending on your starting direction. Taken clockwise, as most people do, you’ll face Anderson Street hill (#FeelTheBurn). No matter the direction though, you’ll see some of Melbourne’s most iconic attractions, including the Arts Center Spire, The Yarra River and The Shrine of Remembrance.
Distance: 3.2 kilometers
Pummel the pavement at Princes Park and find motivation in the array of athletes that train within the perimeter, including the Carlton Football Club and Princes Park Carlton Bowls Club. Ideal for beginners, the loop is 3.2 kilometers and consists of gravel and asphalt tracks with markers every 500 meters. There are also plenty of leafy trees offering shade in the summer. Extend your run by crossing Royal Parade into Royal Park where there are numerous trails lacing Melbourne Zoo and the surrounding ovals.
Distance: 29 kilometers
Starting at Princes Bridge near Flinders Street Station, the Capital City Trail is approximately 29 kilometers all up and consists of various sections of other Melbourne trails, including the Merri Creek, Moonee Ponds Creek, and Inner Circle Rail trails allowing you to veer off and explore if you desire. Along the way, you’ll pass landmarks such as Southbank, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Zoo and Docklands just to name a few, but be mindful of cyclists since it is a shared zone.