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Discover Melbourne's parks and gardens on an epic city hike
If running a marathon sounds a bit too energetic for you, you might want to consider a slower paced hike instead. The word hiking conjures up images of hills, mountains and peaceful countryside locations but this doesn't have to be the case. You can get your hiking fix right here in Melbourne City on the Nature City Hike, coming to our humble city on Saturday 6th July.
Hiking is fun, sociable and a great way to get fit
The Nature City Hike is an event run by HIKED; organisers of over 250 hikes each year. These range from beginner hikes to technical day hikes for more advanced walkers. You can join HIKED - who offer a range of different membership types - to build fitness, make friends and see some great locations in Victoria. Alternatively you can purchase a ticket for the Nature City Hike without becoming a member.
The Nature City Hike is pretty lengthy at 27km. It involves a loop through the city's parks and gardens and includes a lunch stop at Abbotsford Convent. HIKED estimates it will take you around six or seven hours to complete the loop. The hike starts at Federation Square and has a grading of 3 which means it is a moderate hike with no major climbs or hills. You need to be well prepared with water and snacks (or money to buy your snacks/ lunch), protection from the rain and super comfy walking shoes as they will get a beating!
The hike begins at 9.30am (hooray – no crazy early start time!) and is estimated to finish around 4.30pm. Tickets cost $55 if you are not a member of HIKED, but come down in price depending on your membership level. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. This is a great way to reconnect with nature over the winter months and to boost your fitness levels – enjoy!