Top Twenty places to run in Aus
Runners High… its a thing! Here in Australia we are blessed to have some of the most picturesque paths and roads to run on in the world. Whether its ocean views or mountain escapes you are looking for its never too far away.
Here are the “Twenty best places to run” according to Running Heros
New South Wales:
1. Bondi to Bronte, Sydney
The most famous track in Sydney takes in spectacular coastal views and is great for people watching – you might just run past a celebrity. The path takes you between two iconic beaches, Bondi and Bronte and boasts incredible views, the famous Bondi Icebergs pool, hidden coves and stunning beaches. Best to attempt this run before most people get up so you can really soak in the scenery and serenity of the ocean.
2. Spit Bridge to Manly, Sydney
You can track about 10kms of bushland, coastline and Sydney’s famous harbour on this route. The track begins at Spit Bridge in Mosman’s Middle Harbour and ends at Manly Cove. It’s a great way to take in the many beaches and bays of Sydney Harbour.
3. Centennial Park, Sydney
In the heart of Sydney lies a park enviable to that of New York’s Central Park. You can choose from the combination of grass and mixed terrain trail of the perimeter, the 3.6km road loop or the gravel track parallel to the horse riding trail. It’s a runners paradise, with endless loops of lakes, swans and other animals inhabiting the wetlands and vegetation, you can get lost amongst the nature here and really just enjoy the run.
4. Royal National Park
The Royal National Park in Sydney’s south, is not only the second oldest National Park in the world (after Yellowstone), but is also a trail runner’s best friend. You can challenge your endurance on the 26km Coast Track that stretches from Bundeena in the north, to Otford in the south, all whilst taking in stunning coastline, Australian bush and open grasslands. This track is perfect if you want to run away from the craziness of the city but still be able to head home before the day ends.
5. The Tan Track, Melbourne
A beautifully shaded, 3.8km tree-lined path makes its way around Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens with views of the CBD. The dirt trail leads you along Yarra River and provides both shade and sunlight amongst the overhanging trees. With a predominantly flat surface, it’s a great place to train.
6. Wilsons Promontory
Wilsons Promontory National Park lies on a peninsula southeast of of Melbourne and boasts mountains, abundant wildlife and trails from the Tidal River Settlement to Squeaky Beach, with its white quartz sand. The Oberon summit track is a 6.8km return route with a mixture of steep sections and steps, perfect if you want to keep your run interesting. The view at the summit is the southernmost point of Australia’s mainland.
7. Albert Park Lake, Melbourne
Another Melbourne trail close to the CBD is a leisurely 5km loop around Albert Park Lake. Take in great views of the city, boats and ducks on the water as you make your way around.
8. Bayside Coastal Trail, Brighton
Stretching from Mordialloc to Brighton’s Beach Baths, this track makes its way through clifftops above the beaches of Mentone and past Beaumaris and Sandringham. You can run along a tree-lined dirt path towards Sandringham and Brighton for a leisurely 10km.
Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane
Nature lovers, this one’s for you; run up a 1.9 km summit track on a paved track that weaves its way through creeks and bushland. As the word summit implies, this track is not going to be an easy flat run. Starting at J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area up to Mt Coot-tha’s lookout is steep in parts, but the pay off is an amazing view over the city. If climbing up to a summit is not for you, there are 18kms of trails to suit all your running regimes
10. Noosa National Park
With beautiful aquamarine waters along a boardwalk and a bush track, the National Park boasts views and runs for days. If you start at Main Beach you can follow the timber boardwalk to the entrance of the Park and then make your way onto the coastal Tanglewood track for about 10km. If you’re up for something longer, continue on to Alexandria Bay.
11. The Spit at Main Beach
Another scenic coastal trail nestled in Queensland’s Gold Coast, scattered with iconic beach landmarks and ocean views. Start at the public car park at Southport Surf Club and head north along the footpath until you hit the dirt track. You can choose from a short 5km loop or run along the shoreline past sand dunes and life guard towers to hit the 10km mark.
12. Brisbane CBD to Southbank
A route through Brisbane’s icons, such as the Brisbane Eye and Performing arts centre, take in the sun and the city along the water. If you start at King George Square and head over Victoria Bridge, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Brisbane’s famous Southbank Parklands. Best to head out at a times that aren’t office hours, the best view is at twilight, so head out for a run before dinner and soak up the city sights.
13. Kings Park, Perth
The centre of the CBD has a myriad of trails to get lost in, as well as a set of 250 steps up Jacob’s Ladder if you’re up for a challenge. The view up the top is sublime and well worth the climb.
14. Lake Monger Reserve
If you want to get a bit further away from the city, check out Lake Monger Reserve. Just five kilometres away from Perth lies a 10.4km flat trail around picturesque wetlands.
15. Rocky Pools, Kalamunda National Park
The Rocky Pool Walk in the National Park has some difficult steep loose descents and continues for 5km. There are beautiful views with wildflowers and creeks that adorn the trail.
16. Mount Lofty, Adelaide
Just 15 minutes from the city lies the Mount Lofty trails. There’s a steep 3.5km course if you’re brave but you’ll get to take in stunning views of Adelaide and the coastline from the summit. On your way up, there’s waterfalls and native wildlife to take your mind off the pain of running vertically.
Just 11kms from Adelaide CBD is the beautiful sandy beach of Glenelg. There’s an 8km loop that follows the coast path from Glenelg Pier up to Brighton Beach. Perfect if you want to finish your run with a recovery swim.
18. Uluru National Park
If you ever find yourself in the centre of Australia, why not beat the tourists and go for an early morning run taking in the spectacular rock formation for 10kms? The route is a flat, sandy terrain, and you’re only obstacles would be the occasional tourist. Sometimes the best place to see a new location is to go for a run, this is probably one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the outback and is a route that has been taken for thousands of years.
19. Mount Wellington
The run from Mount Wellington to summit clocks 22 kms, perfect if you’re training for a marathon. The view at the top is a panorama of Hobart. There are many trails to challenge all likes of runners, including fire and walking trails such as the 7km Springs to Lenah Valley route.
20. Lake Burley Griffin
The perimeter shoreline of Lake Burley Griffin is a long 40km, but there are many run options around the shoreline. If you frequent the lake you can take your time to enjoy the East, Central and West Basin. It’s a flat, shared pathway and passes by national institutions such as the High Court and the National Portrait Gallery.