Length 14.8 km (9.2 miles), terrain: mainly 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.
If you want to experience a bit of natural Australia in the Melbourne area, this is the place to do it. This run follows the river along the eastern edge of town, along the Main Yarra Trail and the Capital City Trail. The river is lined with natural vegetation most of this way, and you'll only share it with other runners and bicyclists.
|Yarra Falls along the trail|
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This is just a simple out-and-back run, so you can follow it as far as you please before turning around. You can also easily extend it: the Main Yarra Trail continues along the river for many kilometers further.
NOTE: If you want a real long-distance challenge, with a great sampling of Melbourne scenery, follow the 30-km Capital City Trail, which also follows this stretch. The Capital City Trail loops around all of Melbourne, following the Yarra, then tracing Merri Creek, going through the Royal Parks, the Docklands and then back to the Yarra in downtown Melbourne.
|View of the river from Yarra Bridge|
The river is basically running north/south here, and we'll follow it upriver, northwards, running along the paved trail along its western bank. This trail is a combined bike/pedestrian trail, and the Australian rules of the road apply: that means always keep left!
So, if you're ready to start: let's get moving! From the little park at the west end of the bridge, follow the trail down to the river, and head north, with the water to your right side. You'll soon go under another bridge at Victoria Street.
|Cross this footbridge to the east side!|
|Footpath along the east bank of the river|
After another 1.5-km, you'll come to the next footbridge, where you cross back to the west side and take the stairs down to the riverbank again.
|At the Children's Farm|
After you go under the next bridge, you get into the Bend Precinct. There are rapids here, then a small falls.
|Merri Creek trail goes straight. Turn right into Yarra Park!|
You'll pass the Studley Park Boat House across the river, then join up with the road again for a short bit as you pass more cricket fields.
|Studley Park Boathouse: refueling point|