Length 11.7 km (7.3 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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NOTE: If you want a shorter run, I'd recommend shortening the loop to start at Nelson Place, run south and west along the water to the botanical garden, then run back along Giffard and Parker streets, for a total of 4 kilometers.
If you want to discover Melbourne's surroundings a bit, a trip across the harbor to Williamstown is a great way to start. Williamstown has a small-town feeling, with a lot of coastline and some historic buildings. And for those reasongs, the area has become popular with tourists to the area.
|View towards Melbourne from Williamstown Harbour|
This route starts at Newport Station, at the north end of Williamstown. We'll basically do a loop along the waterside, and then back through some quieter neighborhood streets. So, if you're ready to go, let's hit the pavement!
Leave Newport Station, going through the tunnel under the tracks, then up the ramp to the left. Right near the station exit, you'll see Tait Street just to the left. Take Tait Street eastwards, a quiet street full of speed bumps. It ends in a few blocks, but then just continue eastwards on Collingwood Street, just a few meters to your right.
|Heading east on Tait Street|
Run diagonally to the right through the park until you come to the Strand bayside street, at the 1.5-km mark. Now just follow the Strand towards the right (south), where a narrow park and trail borders the shore.
|Running along the Strand towards Williamstown Harbour|
At the 3.4-km mark the trail will come to a green square, Nelson Place, next to the water and some nice old businesses lining the street. NOTE: The ferries from Melbourne land here. If you took the ferry, here's where your route will start.
|At the lighthouse|
|Along Battery Road: paved track or sand|
Keep along the water as you pass the new cricket stadium, and the shoreline turns towards the northwest. There is nice parkland along the water here, a park called Hatt Reserve, full of rocks and succulent plants, and lots of people walking their dogs.
|In the Botanical Garden|
One block before the end of this vague attempt at a park, turn right and run north along Hannan Street.
|Quiet living on Hannan Street|
Cross the tracks and then take the street to the left of the Bristol Hotel at the big roundabout, Station Road.
In two blocks, you'll cross Williamstown's main business street, Melbourne Road. You could take this busy street straight back to Newport Station, but it's pretty noisy. So, to avoid that, run straight along Stevadore Street for two blocks and then turn left on Rennie Street. It then turns into Queen Street and then Alma Terrace. They're all nice, quiet residential streets.
|Front yard rosegarden along Alma Terrace|
Now just turn left on Collingwood and continue on Tait to get back to the station.