Pounding the pavement of your local suburb can quickly become a little mundane. If it’s time to shake things up, it’s time to go off-road. Check out these great running trails, in and around our major cities.
Just north of Melbourne’s CBD, Princes Park has a 3.2 kilometre flat running circuit. It’s well-lit, well populated and picturesque.
The Tan Track
A favourite of locals, is known as ‘the’ place to go running. It boarders Melbourne’s iconic botanical gardens and is used by thousands of Melbournians to exercise every day. The 3.8 kilometre track is gravel and features one hill climb (Heartbreak hill) for an added challenge. Once you’re done, it’s a only short stroll for a coffee fix.
Looking for an uphill challenge? 1000 steps is located at the base of the Dandenong ranges in Ferntree Gully. Surrounded by beautiful bushland, this spot is a popular tourist attraction. You’ll need a moderate fitness level and to bring your own water.
Bondi to Bronte walkway
This coastal walkway passes some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. It’s a great place for spotting celebs and the view of the South Pacific Ocean is simply gorgeous. The track is 6 kilometres and mostly paved with the exception of few patches of uneven ground.
Sydney Olympic Park
With 640 acres of manmade natural features and 35 kilometres of running/walking trails, there’s nothing boring about running at Sydney’s Olympic Park. Run the boardwalk through the mangroves and alongside Parramatta river or the Brickpit ring – home to the endangered green and gold bell frog.
Shelly Beach to North Head
An uphill run guaranteed to challenge to push those with moderate fitness to their limits, but coastal views as the path winds up to North Head are breath-taking.
South Bank Parklands
Every Saturday from 7.00am you can participate in a free 5 kilometre timed run alongside the Brisbane River, starting at Streets Beach. A great way to practice pacing yourself and improving your running times.
A 7 kilometre run which loops through the botanic gardens, incorporating South Bank Parklands and the Storey Bridge. There’s a 107 steep steps to navigate, but the views from the cliffs overlooking the river are worth it.
Summit Track, Mt Coot-tha
A moderately hard 2 kilometre run to the summit of Mt Coot-tha starting from the falls picnic area.
The Botanic Gardens
Working in the CBD? The Botanic gardens are a great place for a lunchtime run with trails varying between two to five kilometres in length.
A dog-friendly 2.2 kilometre run through open bushland. With plenty of bird life, wildflowers and an awesome view of the falls, this is a great place to work out.
Organ Pipes Circuit
Challenge yourself with a mountainous 9.2 kilometre run starting out from the springs to the base of the spectacular Organ Pipes.
A steep 14.2 kilometre track through bushland climbing to 1200 metres to the summit of Mount Wellington.
Yanchep National Park Ghost House Walk Trail
45 minutes north of Perth is the National Park Ghost House Walk Trail is a relatively easy 9.2 kilometres of wilderness track with unspoiled wetlands, Koala boardwalk and the historic ruins of a ghost house.
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail
A 41 kilometre loop on a railway formations, flat with no steps. A great place to take a stroller or buggy. Multiple places to start exploring the trail from, with most sections of the track about 5 kilometres long. Water access points are available.
Bells Rapid Walk Trail
A moderately challenging 2.5 kilometre run with spectacular views of the Swan river rapids and at certain times of the year you’ll might bump into Skippy the Kangaroo or one of his close cousins.
A popular choice with the locals, the base track around Mt Ainslie is a moderate 9.2 kilometre run. Or if you want to be challenged and rewarded with beautiful view of there’s a very step 2.2 kilometre run to the summit.
Lake Burley Griffin
A scenic flat route, great for beginners. It’s well-lit with plenty of people around. The run from bridge to bridge is about 5 kilometres and is one worth doing just on dusk as it’s renowned for spectacular sunsets.
Red Hill Loop
Looking to go cross country? Quite hilly in parts, obviously, Red Hill is a 8 kilometre with wide dirt tracks and suited to runners who want to crank up the volume on their training.
Starting at Waterfall Gully, the trail to Mount Lofty is 8 kilometres. With steep terrain, you’ll need to be moderately fit, but the promise of a spectacular view from the top and refreshments at the café summit will fuel your feet to keep you moving when you feel like giving up.
A 2.2 kilometre run with markers every 200 metres to let you know how far you’ve run. This is great for interval training
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
This 11 kilometre track spans from the CBD to Henley beach and takes in sights like the Adelaide Zoo and the convention centre.
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