Walking is our kind of vibe. It gets you moving, gets your heart rate up, and we've got some seriously stunning routes at our disposal. So, yeah, walking is our fave exercise. And, because we’re certain walking is just about everyone’s cup of tea, we’ve whipped up this handy little guide to Melbourne’s absolute best walks that tick off the holy trinity of walking route essentials: they’re pretty, they’re near good cafes, and dogs are more than welcome. So share this with your #Fitspo pals and prepare to get your sweat on—whoever said walking was an, er walk in the park was seriously wrong.
...and our mates at Pump are going to be at each of these locations to give walkers a taste of the brand new Pump+ Natural Electrolytes from 10 - 3:30pm on select days. If you need the deets right this very second, though, Pump+ Natural Electrolytes includes coconut water for a natural source of electrolytes (and also because, yum).
Shall we, then?
Beaconsfield Parade Middle Park
Running alongside The Bay Trail, Beaconsfield Parade stretches from Albert Park down to St Kilda and offers up one of the city’s best esplanade walks thanks to its uninterrupted view of Port Phillip Bay. Make a mid-walk pit stop at one of the cafes along the way or cool off at Middle Park Beach and take in stunning views of the city skyline. Plus, since it’s only located just 4km from the city center, it’s perfect for a pre or post work stroll #fitspo. Head down on December 16 or January 14 for a taste of Pump+.
Capital City Trail
Chuck on your comfiest activewear because you’re in for the long haul if you’re up for the Capital City Trail. This 29km track circles the city and is best saved for the weekend, when you can really take in the sights like Southbank, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Zoo and Royal Park. The best tip is to start at Princes Bridge near Flinders St Station and trot off east towards the Royal Botanic Gardens but do watch out for cyclists as this trail is popular with our two-wheeled riding friends. Remember, sharing is caring! Pro tip: save your visit for December 17 for Pump+ samples!
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a walk around The Tan, right?! This popular track is pumping all days of the week with locals and visitors alike pounding the pavement around the city’s beautiful Botanical Gardens. Only 3.8km in length, the one small ‘hurdle’ you have is at Heartbreak Hill—but don’t let the name scare you because it’s only 30m so it’ll be over before you can say ‘activewear’. Bring an out-of-towner friend for bragging rights (January 6 is the magic day), because we all know Melbourne is the best city in the world!
The ‘Prinny,’ as the locals like to call it, is a park just north of the CBD that will have you feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Probably more famously known for being Carlton Football Club’s training ground, this little oasis is a one-stop-shop for fitness fanatics alike. Whether you want to just wander around the 3km track or take it up a notch at one of the cricket or tennis facilities, Princess Park offers uninterrupted views of the city skyline to the south, which makes burning those calories even more sweeter (and worth it!)—especially with a side of Pump+ on January 7.
Brighton Baths Foreshore
You’ve ticked off The Tan, so why not go full ‘tourist mode’ with a walk along Brighton Baths Foreshore?! Part of a 17km track along the coast, the foreshore trail is a more palatable 2km walk that offers up viewing points at Middle Brighton Pier, Dendy St Beach, Green Point and of course allows you to see the colourful beach huts that have put this bayside suburb on the map. A walk and an opportunity for that quintessential #Melbourne Insty post?! Sign us up! See you there on January 13 and 21 then?!
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