Whenever traveling to a new city, I love finding ways to explore it while being active. Aside from making exercise an effortless part of your daily plans, sightseeing on foot or bike allows you to move slow enough to properly take in the sights, chat with locals and easily stop to check out whatever catches your eye. I spent the last week in Melbourne for a friend’s wedding and had a wonderful time touring health food restaurants and being active in the city’s many incredible parks. Here are the HonestlyFIT recommendations for where to eat and sweat to make the most of your visit to “Australia’s most livable city”.
Melbourne has some of the most incredible infrastructure for walking, biking and running that I’ve seen in a while. Well established multi-use paths and bike lanes snake through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, while useful signage and safe drivers make it a very comfortable place to be an active urban explorer.
Great places to walk/run/bike:
- Capital City Trail – The path follows the route of the old Inner Circle Railway; it’s beloved by locals and well worth the hype. This multi-use trail a flat loop path that is 29km (18 miles) long and winds through many of the city’s most scenic areas, so you have ample track to enjoy.
- Royal Botanical Gardens – Free to the public and open from 7:30am to sunset, these gardens are the perfect place to spend time strolling, jogging or picnicking.
- Yarra River Trail – I loved this trail! The route follows the Yarra River for 35km (22 miles) through Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs. In the mornings you’ll spot many crew teams rowing along the water, plus bikers, morning joggers and commuters.
- Foreshore Trail – Another very beautiful trail and a great outdoor exercise option if you’re staying close to the ocean. Follow the link to download a map and information for a self-guided tour of the walk.
Best Bike Rental Option
For casual city sightseeing in the city’s most popular neighborhoods, you really cannot beat Melbourne City Bike Share! For $3 you get a day long bike rental with no other fees so long as you check the bike into a station every 30 minutes. If you want it for longer, that’s $2 extra, so still a much better deal then finding a bike rental shop. We liked the pace of activities when we rode for 30 minutes, then checked into a station and explored a neighborhood. Be sure to download the app and check out where the station are before you set off, so you can plan an ideal route.
Getting Out On The Water
Take a dip or rent Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) at St. Kilda Beach.
Fresh And Healthy Bites
The food and coffee scene is Melbourne is amazing and there are a lot of healthy options, our favorites include:
Naughty Boy Cafe – Great spot for brekkie or lunch in the Princes Hill neighborhood.
Combi – Organic, raw, gluten-free… you name, they serve it! This small restaurant in Elwood has a laid back vibe thanks to its communal tables and beachy decor.
Laneway Greens – Ideal spot for a quick bowl of something nutritious while shopping and exploring the graffiti walls in the Central Business District.
Top Paddock – Delicious brunch or lunch spot in super chic venue just off the Yarra River.
Images by HonestlyFIT and Laneway Greens