BEST SPRING WALKS IN MELBOURNE
According to the calendar, spring has finally and officially arrived in Melbourne. Hooray! While some days are still too cold to get out of bed and too windy to step outside, the warm and sunny days are getting more and more frequent, giving us the opportunity to get reacquainted with the great outdoors.
When we’re not heating it up in a Pilates, yoga or group fitness class, we can be found on one of Melbourne’s best walking tracks, squeezing in some active recovery, stretching out our muscles and clearing our mind. We recommend you do the same.
Here are a few of our favourite walking tracks around Melbourne and beyond, that you can schedule into one of your upcoming spring weekends.
How could we have a blog post on Melbourne’s best walking tracks and not include The Tan? Short for Melbourne Botanical Gardens, it’s one of the city’s most iconic and favourite walking and running tracks day or night. Seriously. The lights stay on from 5:30am until midnight so it’s constantly busy, and the best part is, it’s only a quick 3.8km loop around.
Bayside Coastal Trail
Prefer a beach walk? The Bayside Coastal Art Trail stretches all the way from Beaumaris to Brighton, passing the ocean, cliffs and coves on its way. Known as a favourite spot for many Australian painters, the track now features 50 artworks to make the walk even more breathtaking.
Officially titled the Kokoda Memorial Track, the 1000 Steps in the Dandenong Ranges National Park (unsurprisingly) gets its nickname from the brutal number of steps it takes to reach the top. Test your cardiovascular fitness and breathe in some fresh forest air, before taking it in the amazing view and walking back down the easy way via the Lyrebird Trail.
Albert Park Lake
One of our favourite ways to spend a Sunday morning is grabbing a coffee and going for a lap of Albert Park Lake, and it’s safe to say most of Melbourne agrees with us. It’s a leisurely round trip of 5km, surrounded by palm trees, picnic areas and the city skyline. Not bad at all.
Just finished a class at CORE+ Port Melbourne and still have some energy to burn? We suggest a stroll down the Foreshore Trail… or at least some of it. It stretches for 11km, starting at Port Melbourne, venturing through South Melbourne and St Kilda and then coming to a finish at Elwood Park.
Capital City Trail
The Melbourne CBD is not your typical spot for a walking track, but it’s actually one of our favourites. The Capital City Trail begins at the iconic Fed Square, and follows an easy 3km walk all the way to South Yarra. At the end, you’ll be right near Chapel St and some of Melbourne’s best cafes, so you can treat all your hard work.
Know of a walking track we need to put on our list? Stop by the CORE+ Facebook page and share it with us.