Length 7 km (4.3 miles), terrain: flat
Melbourne Running Routes:
Best Melbourne Running Routes Overview
Yarra River at CBD
Yarra Bend Trail
Albert Park Lake / St. Kilda Beach
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There's a big park in South Melbourne, Albert Park, with its own lake and lakeside trails. The park is full of sports fields, stadiums and buildings, and it's a nice place to run in a bit of manicured nature. Albert Park stretches roughly north/south, about a half-kilometer east of the sand beach at St. Kilda.
|Along Albert Park Lake|
|Start at northwest corner of lake, at reed islands|
So now, turn right and run southwards along the lakeside, with the water along your left side.
|Running along the lakeside: black swans are common in Melbourne|
At the end of the lake, after 1.7-km, where the parcours exercise equipment is, cross the little street and take the narrow asphalt path diagonally to the right. It leads to some athletic fields after 50 meters. Continue southwest on the street called Hockey Drive between the fields, with the cricket field to the left, following the sign to "Fields 3-6."
You'll now come to the west edge of the park, almost in the southwest corner, where the trail exits the park westward through a tunnel below the tram tracks. Now cross the street, Canterbury Road, turn left and continue to the next corner, Mary Street.
|Along Mary Street|
You will now, at the 3-km mark, hit the busy beachside road, Beaconsfield Parade. Look to the left to find the pedestrian crossing, and cross the road into the beachfront park, Catani Gardens.
NOTE: This is also the spot where various St. Kilda trams stop, called Jacka Boulevard, so you could take a tram and begin the run here.
|Catani Gardens at the beach|
|St. Kilda Beach path|
|Kids getting ready to sail their Optimists|
|Wright Street homes|