Length 5.6 km (3.5 miles), terrain: flat
Melbourne Running Routes:
Best Melbourne Running Routes Overview
Yarra River at CBD
Yarra Bend Trail
Albert Park Lake / St. Kilda Beach
For more running routes, see Route List.
|The Ponyfish Café in the river|
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There are trails on both sides of the Yarra River, and they continue upriver for many kilometers. This run just traces the section along the CBD.
So, if you're ready to try this great run, let's go!
From Federation Square, cross St. Kilda Road to the station, and turn left to run to the end of the station. The bridge over the Yarra begins right there.
Right before the bridge, take the steps down to the riverside walk, and begin running westwards, with the water to your left side.
|First part of run along north bank|
You'll soon go by a pedestrian bridge arched-over with a giant bow, with a café at its foot, in the river. You'll then run past an old railroad bridge now used for pedestrians, and covered with glittering metal sculptures.
|Sculptures along the old railroad bridge|
Now, you'll run through the only real, green park along this stretch, Batman Park, with a strange house for bats.
After the Wharf Hotel, the riverside trail ends: a freeway blocks river access. At the end of the path, you'll see another pedestrian bridge, Seafarer's Bridge, with white metal arches. Cross the river here, at the Polly Woodside windjammer, and continue running west on the other side.
You then run under the freeway bridge, and past a very strange pedestrian bridge (looks like a giant, curved Slinky), and start running past the marina. The little harbor is lined with huge new apartment buildings.
|Along the casino|
Make sure you come back to Southgate later and enjoy the evening!
|View from Southgate at night|