Melbourne Running Guide


The running scene here is social and diverse: No shortage of running clubs and meet-ups, even in boiling hot summer, and runs range from the big hills of the Dandenongs to flat beaches.

  • 12,423 Runs per Week
  • 55,772 Miles per Week
Melbourne Cycling Guide

Top Running Routes in Melbourne

  1. The Tan

    • 2.5 mi Distance
    • 208 ft Elevation

    Melbourne’s most popular running route, ‘The Tan’ lap is 3.827km around and suited for runners of all abilities. The majority of the track is gravel, Anderson Street the only ex...

    • Quidditch Park
    • Tan Track
  2. Albert Park Loop

    • 3.0 mi Distance
    • 26 ft Elevation

    The Albert Park Lake running track is a 4.7km track not far from the heart of Melbourne that loops this famous lake following the same course as the Formula One racing track. Th...

    • Palms Lawn
  3. Yarra Trails

    • 7.5 mi Distance
    • 628 ft Elevation

    The Yarra Trails provide some great trail running opportunities surprisingly close to the CBD. A number of challenging hills and a variety of different surfaces make this a grea...

    • Convent Bakery
  4. 1,000 Steps Run

    • 1.0 mi Distance
    • 945 ft Elevation

    The Thousand Steps is a challenging hill climb at the base of the scenic Dandenong Ranges. The severity of the incline makes successfully walking the trail a more common goal th...

  5. Capital City Trail

    • 6.7 mi Distance
    • 537 ft Elevation

    A shared use path for both runners and cyclists, The Capital City Trail is conveniently located and full of options. Following the Yarra River and connecting with plenty of trai...

    • Kanteen
    • Pony
    • Transport Hotel
  6. Fitzroy Gardens + MCG

    • 2.6 mi Distance
    • 304 ft Elevation

    Close to the Central Business District, this convenient route offers an escape from the city hustle. Starting in Yarra Park and looping through the Fitzroy Gardens, runners will...

    • Richmond Rush Cafe
  7. Beach Road

    • 13.2 mi Distance
    • 772 ft Elevation

    Arguably the most iconic road in Melbourne, Beach Road is popular with both runners and cyclists and it's easy to see why. Kilometers of smooth pavement hug the coastline and if...

    • Cafe Racer
    • The Beachcomber Cafe
  8. Maribyrnong River Loop

    • 2.5 mi Distance
    • 80 ft Elevation

    The Maribyrnong River loop is situated in the heart of Aberfeldie and runs just over 4km in length. The popular location is a fantastic area for those who are looking to get a b...