5 Of Melbourne’s Best Walking Trails

We’re lucky to live in a city with so many great and varied walking trails. Both within the city and on the fringes you’ll find tracks to help put you back in touch with nature while also giving your legs a solid workout. Here are 5 to try.

The Bayside Trail. Photo by Chris Mitchell.

1. The Tan

Any Melbournian worth their salt has walked or run The Royal Botanic Gardens Track, locally named the Tan Track. Home to a number of inner city events such as Go The Tan, Victorian Road Runners and the Mother’s Day Classic, the 3.8km distance doesn’t seem like all that much until you hit Anderson Street Hill, a challenging slope that will leave you feeling well-rewarded. Worth a walk on a sunny spring day when you can venture into the Gardens for a picnic afterwards.

2. Royal Park Melbourne

Situated around Melbourne’s largest inner city park, the secluded 5km loop crosses through the Capital City Trail, towards Flemington Road and up Elliot Avenue. This walk is perfect for early evening, where your journey will be peppered with animal sounds from the nearby Melbourne Zoo. With the native gardening and landscape it’s almost too difficult to believe you’re still in the city, until you see the city skyline as your backdrop. Heavenly.

3. Bayside Coastal Trail

A favourite for beachgoers, the trail stretches over 17 kilometres from Beaumaris to Brighton so you can make stops along the way and conquer a number of distances and mix it up. The elements of art, history, indigenous history and environment are celebrated throughout the walk and will both relax and educate you alongside stunning coastal views

4. Merri Merri Creek Trail

You can start anywhere you like on this 21km course beginning in Abbotsford and taking you all the way to Fawkner. One of the best trails in the Northern suburbs, you’ll walk past a fantastic variety of landscapes, as well as Coburg Lake Reserve and the CERES Community Environmental Park. Fantastic for families at any time of year!

5. You Yangs

The name says it all. In the local language, You Yangs translates as ‘big hill’ and this is exactly what you’ll be met with. The 5 kilometre vertical walk just outside of Geelong will have you bashing the bush, possibly eliciting profanities as sticks smack you in the face from above. This trail is perfect for those who don’t want to journey for hours to get outside the cityscape, and you’re heartily rewarded with tremendous views once you reach the top.

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  1. 1The Tan
    The Tan, Melbourne
  2. 2Royal Park Melbourne
    Royal Park Melbourne, Melbourne
  3. 3Bayside Coastal Trail
    Bayside Coastal Trail, Melbourne
  4. 4Merri Merri Creek Trail
    Merri Merri Creek Trail, Melbourne
  5. 5You Yangs
    You Yangs, Melbourne

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