The Best Melbourne Walks to Crush Your Step Goal This Spring
Easy walks to the more strenuous, Melbourne’s walking trails take in some impressive views and surrounds
Melbourne has a multitude of scenic tracks that will please everyone from casual strollers to weekend warriors. Soak up the relaxed vibes along beachside promenades, make your way through creek-side paths littered with native flowers or admire the city skyline from lush urban parks. All you need is your walking shoes to discover the best Melbourne walks.
*It goes without saying, in light of the current COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in, you should pick a location close to home, practice good social distancing while out and about, and organise your outdoor exercise during off-peak times. Be sure to follow the Victorian Government website closely for updates!
Docklands Waterfront Wander
When the sun shining and the Yarra is glistening, a wander along the Docklands waterfront is just what the doctor ordered. Boasting unparalleled views of the city, the 2.2km easy walk passes by landmarks like Marvel Stadium and the bustling Docklands Esplanade.
Fitzroy Gardens Walk
A favourite of families and city workers looking to escape the chaos, there’s plenty to explore on the Fitzroy Gardens Walk. Impressively green for its inner-city location, this gorgeous 2km track is the perfect way to spend a lunch break or an afternoon. Be sure to stop off at the Fairy Tree, Tudor Village, and Cooks Cottage on your travels and enjoy Melbourne’s lush surrounds right in the heart of the city.
One of the most beautiful inner-city walks, The Tan is a Melbourne icon. At just under 4km, the city’s most popular walking track loops around Kings Domain and the Royal Botanical Gardens. If you're not one for cardio, the city skyline and majestic gardens are sure to keep your mind off the burn. For less intensity, bypass Heartbreak Hill.
Kings Domain, Melbourne
Capital City Trail
The ultimate city walk, the Capital City Trail is a 30km loop that winds its way around countless Melbourne landmarks. Wander along the banks of the Yarra at Birrarung Marr, pass the Collingwood Children’s Farm and sports fan will marvel at the MCG. From urban sprawl to lush bushland – this much-loved trail has it all.
Capital City Trail, Southbank
Flinders St to Jolimont Walk
Take in the city sights while strolling along the banks of the Yarra with the Flinders St to Jolimont Walk. Quintessentially Melbourne, this easy walk on the city’s borders packs a whole lot into its 2.15km distance. Starting at the iconic Flinders St Clocks, you’ll make your way over to Fed Square and through Birrarung Marr Park. Catch the Birrarung Wilam installation near Art Play for your daily dose of culture.
Flinders St, Melbourne
Albert Park Lake
Whether you’re looking to burn calories or catch up after coffee, the iconic Albert Park Lake with its omnipresent swans and cheerful weekend sailors has long been a favourite with inner city walkers. Ringed with palm trees and offering an unrivalled vista across the CBD, this 5km loop is best experienced at sunset.
Albert Park Lake, Albert Park
Keen sports fans and nature buffs alike will find much to love on this rambling 4.3-kilometre tour around two of Melbourne’s premier golf courses – Royal Melbourne Golf Course and Sandringham Golf Course. The stretch along Cheltenham Road is particularly scenic, bringing to mind a tree-lined country lane rather than an inner-city neighbourhood. With the walk winding up in Tjilatjirrin Reserve, there’s plenty of time to take it easy.
Merri Creek Trail
Join the bike riders in the fun and take a leisurely walk along Merri Creek Trail for a taste of bush life in the heart of the city. Winding your way along the ambling creek path, you’ll encounter ancient gums and native plants aplenty. Measuring an impressive 21km, the beauty of this trail is that you can hop on and off as you please.
Merri Creek Trail, Clifton Hill
Bayside Coastal Trail
There’s nothing like an ocean view with your morning walk and the Bayside Coastal Trail offers up endless blue for as far as the eye can see. Stretching 17km from Brighton to Beaumaris, you can join the path for as long as you desire, taking in the beachfront mansions and palm-tree lined promenades. Just don’t forget to stop for ice cream.
Bayside Coastal Trail, Brighton
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