Length 5.1 km (3.2 miles), terrain: mainly flat, one hill
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 Tan Track is definitely Melbourne, Australia's most popular running route. Located right across the river from the Central Business District (CBD), it's central and easy to get to, and it winds its way past some of the city's most inspiring sights.
|Tan Track runners|
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The run is fairly short, but includes the challenge of a hill, and the large number of runners will keep you running your fastest.
At first, I thought "Tan Track" referred to the color of the sandy path: it certainly does LOOK tan. But then someone told me that "tan" is really just a short term for the Bo-TAN-ical Gardens, as in "Let's run around the tan". Australians have a knack for shortening anything annoyingly long.
|Federation Square, looking towards Flinders Street Station|
So, if you're ready, "Let's run around the tan!"
At Federation Square, face the old train station, then turn left and run over the bridge, to the south bank of the Yarra. You are on St. Kilda Road. After the bridge, you'll see the parkland opening up to your left side. But don't run down into the park quite yet. First, cross the highway, Route 2, that goes under St. Kilda Road.
|Run between those busts towards the King's Domain!|
|The pavilion: Just across the street you join the Tan Track|
|First section of Tan Track along river|
After awhile, an iron fence will line the park along the right. This is the Botanical Garden, a paradise on earth, and well worth spending some quality time in. There is no admission charge.
|View into the Botanical Garden from track|
|Heading uphill along Anderson Street|
|Back downhill along Birdwook|
|The old observatory|
|And the Shrine of Remembrance|
|Getting back to the pavilion: now head back to Federation Square|