Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

Getting active in the garden state

Aren’t we lucky to live in a state with boundless gardens, parks and greenery? Discover all that Victoria has to offer and explore your own backyard.

Last year, walking was the most popular reported activity in Premier’s Active April, so we’ve created a list of some of the best locations around town for you to take a stroll.


The Tan

The 3.8km track that loops around the Botanic Gardens is a Melbourne icon. Rain or shine, dedicated fitness fanatics of all ages and abilities can be found here. Their motivation is not only contagious, it’s inspirational. There’s a reason this runner’s hotspot is so popular, and you’ll know why the moment you visit.

Albert Park Lake

A dog owner’s paradise, you can’t beat Albert Park Lake for a weekend walk with your pooch. Breath-taking views of the lake and large open spaces for the kids to enjoy make this park an amazing and special place to work toward your 30 minutes of daily activity.

Dandenong Ranges

You may have heard of the 1000 Steps Kokoda Memorial. Located in the Dandenong Ranges, it’s a fitness challenge that Melburnian’s just can’t get enough of. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, even if you need to stop for a breather now and then. If stairs aren’t your thing, the Dandenong Ranges is home to other beautiful walks like Sherbrooke Falls and the Olinda Creek Walking Track, both a little easier on the legs.

Your local park

It’s not always easy to load up the family and drive into the city or country to get active. A brilliant option is your local park – you may live close enough to walk or ride there. If you’re lucky, your local park may even include a children’s playground. Check with your local council or speak to your local YMCA for details on exciting active spaces in your community.

What are you waiting for? Get exploring the garden state by foot today!

Last updated: November 28, 2016 at: 12:01 pm

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