With warmer weather on its way, now is the perfect time to get out and explore Melbourne, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite spots for an outdoor workout. We’re not saying ditch the gym but a change of scenery and some vitamin D could be just what you need to boost your workout routine this summer!
Situated in the Dandenong Ranges National Park and a memorial to the Kokoda Trail, the 1000 Steps are something of a Melbourne right of passage. Just a warning - it’s no walk in the park but the 5K uphill trek is made that little bit sweeter with some pretty sick views of the surrounding ranges. Don’t forget to take some snaps along the way - if it’s not on Insta did it even happen?
Albert Park Lake
For those wanting a slightly more leisurely stroll, the path that wraps around Albert Park Lake is a good option. If a stroll isn’t your style, you can always jog or run and if you want to up the ante even further, you could test your skills on the equipment at one of the outdoor exercise stations managed by Parks Victoria. With the picturesque park as backdrop, the gun show never looked so good!
Burnley Bouldering Wall
A short walk from Swan St Richmond, the Burnley Bouldering Wall is set under a sheltered area of freeway. Each of the three walls feature climbs of increasing difficulty and if you’re not a seasoned rock-climber, we suggest you start off easy and build your way up.
Again, this awesome installation is free to use and luckily not high enough off the ground to sustain any serious injuries if you happen to lose your grip. It could be a fun activity for a workout date but perhaps schedule in some practice if your rock-climbing prowess isn’t quite up to scratch...
Maribyrnong River Trail
A fave amongst Ascot Fitness PT’s thanks to its close proximity to the studio, the Maribyrnong River Trail begins at Southbank and follows the Maribyrnong River north to Brimbank Park in Keilor.
It’s definitely one of the longer tracks in Melbourne (28km in total) making it the perfect place to cycle, however you can always begin at one of the parks along the way if you want to skip the cityscape.
We recommend sticking it out until Brimbank Park - partly because it’s our job to promote physical activity but also partly because there’s a cafe there and everybody loves a post workout coffee/snack...
Can you really call yourself a Melburnian if you haven’t run the Tan? Wrapping around the Royal Botanic Garden, this route attracts walkers and runners alike, with a gravel path wide enough to accommodate both. With its close proximity to the city, it’s the perfect spot for city-workers to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle after a day in the CBD.
Can’t afford expensive workout classes? Run in conjunction with Healthy Lifestyle Lounge and Bupa Plus, Fitness at Fed Square is a series of free - that’s right, FREE - weekly fitness classes designed to benefit your mental and physical wellbeing!
Held at Melbourne’s cultural hub, the classes are led by certified health coaches and fitness instructors and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. We are so there!