Length 8.4 km (5.2 miles), terrain: flat
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Yarra River at CBD
Yarra Bend Trail
Albert Park Lake / St. Kilda Beach
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Just north of the Melbourne Central Business District, you can find some of the city's oldest, nicest neighborhoods: Carlton and Fitzroy. These quiet suburbs are full of pleasant streets lined with Federation-style row-houses, with leafy squares, the University of Melbourne campus and a few really big parks.
|Federation-style houses in Fitzroy|
Here's a route that loops through some of the most interesting sights in both neighborhoods, while keeping to quiet streets and parks as much as possible.
|Carlton Gardens: the start of the run|
|The Royal Exhibition Building|
So, ready to explore this down-home side of Melbourne? Then, off we go!
Run north through the park, along the tree-lined alley towards the domed Royal Exhibition Building. Now run around its left (west) side, with its adjacent modernistic Melbourne Museum and IMAX cinemas.
Just past the museum entrance, turn left (east) onto Pelham Street in Carlton, where you'll run for six blocks. After two blocks, you cross Lygon Street and Little Italy, lined by one Italian restaurant after another. Most restaurants have outside seating: a great street to hang out in the evenings. I fell in love with Lygon Street as soon as I saw it in the evening, so take my tip and head out that way for dinner some time. The area's other university, RMIT, is just a couple of blocks south of here.
|Skateboarders in Argyle Square|
|Row houses at University Square|
|South lawn at the university|
|The botany buildings|
Head up that trail, with the running track to the right and more nice buildings on the left: Trinity College with its rose garden. Keep running north, past the cricket field on the right and the Gothic buildings of Ormond College, and the trail will turn onto a little street to the left, Morrison Close.
|The path along the athletic fields|
So now we're out in parkland, with wider horizons, which feels great. Run north along the wide dirt path along the west edge of the park, next to Princes Park Drive. The main cemetery is across the street to the right.
|In Princes Park|
|Homes along Macpherson Street|
Cross Brunswick and run straight into the big park across the street, Edinburgh Gardens. There is a lawn bowling green to the right. Run straight into the park for 100 meters, past the tennis courts. Now turn right onto the next paved path heading south. You'll run past a cricket batting-practice field and continue southwards until you exit the park and continue along Napier Street.
|Cricket practice in Edinburgh Gardens|
|The Fitzroy town hall|