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Published November 25th 2012
Spring is a great time to get fit. The weather is (finally) a bit warmer, the sunlight lasts longer and summer is just around the corner – which means bather time! Jogging is a wonderful fitness option; firstly, you'll drop those kilos and strengthen your core, and secondly, jogging is free! All you need is a pair of runners and a place to go.
Here are my top four places to go jogging in Melbourne:
If you live in Melbourne, walking or running around the Tan is an essential experience. The Tan is a 3.8km track around the King's Domain and the Botanic Gardens. The Tan is the place to run in Melbourne; and the good news is that people of all abilities –from beginners to professional runners--use the track.
Getting there: Trams are located on St Kilda Road, which runs adjacent to the Tan. The track is also very close to Flinders St Station.
Princes Park (Parkville) Princes Park is a wonderful place to run. Filled with lovely shady trees, the 3.2km track is nice and soft which is great for the poor jogger's knees! The park also has some great workout equipment if you want to add a bit of extra sweat to your workout.
Getting there: Trams are located on Royal Parade, which runs adjacent to Princes Park.
The Albert Park Lake circuit is just under 5km – almost the perfect distance for the running enthusiast! One of the most popular exercise spots in Melbourne, there are always plenty of other walkers and joggers around, so you will never feel lonely. Be warned though – on windy days the route can be quite difficult!
Getting there: Trams are located on St Kilda Rd, which runs adjacent to Albert Park.
St Kilda to Station Pier For those who want to try something a bit harder, the loop of St Kilda to Station Pier is a good option. The full loop is approximately 8km, but there are plenty of rest stops along the way! Admire the bay view and enjoy the company; the path is used by joggers, walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers.
Getting there: Trams are located along The Esplanade, near St Kilda Pier.