Australia’s Best Jogging Trails – Work Up a Sweat in Oz

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When spending time in Australia’s big cities, it can be tempting to enjoy boozy nights out at the pubs and clubs, and spend the next day nursing the hangover.

If you'd prefer to sweat out the alcohol though, there are some wonderful jogging paths just waiting for you to explore. When you're in Sydney, head to the beach. A jogging trail stretches for eight kilometers from the famous Bondi Beach to Coogee. Along the way it takes in the picturesque breaks of Tamarama, Bronte, and Clovelly. The hills will test novices, but it's worth the work to gaze out to the headlands and Tasman Sea. If you want to stretch your workout, you can always peel off the path and take a dip in the ocean! Albert Park may be more famous as a world-class Formula One venue than a running track, but plenty of Melbourne residents make use of the circuit once the cars are gone. The gardens and trees make the parklands a really pretty spot to burn a few calories. [caption id="attachment_4637" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Girl jogging near Bondi Beach"]Girl jogging near Bondi Beach[/caption] Brisbane River is the heart of Queensland's capital, home to some of the city's best restaurants, musical performances, and festivals. It's also got a great jogging and cycling circuit, which winds its way from one side of the river to the other, past the botanic gardens and South Bank parklands. The path is marked with distances so you know exactly how far you've traveled. It does get a bit busy in the evenings, as businessmen try to burn a few kilojoules after work, so arrive early to avoid the crowds. In Canberra runners are spoiled for choice, with several tracks around Lake Burley Griffin. This majestic lake is too large to circle, so instead run until you get tired around the parklands on the south side, or the Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue bridges. These routes are popular with the locals, so if you'd rather enjoy a little quiet time look to Sterling Park. The exercise circuit here is surprisingly peaceful considering it’s lush, leafy surrounds. Kings Park is an obvious choice while you're visiting Perth. This beautiful park has many tracks which cross over each other, so you can mix up your path each day. For a longer workout follow the famous Swan River. Runners are best served traveling via the northern bank as navigating this track is easier for anyone on the go. There are so many parks around Adelaide that it's easy to find a place to stretch your legs. The pick of them is the track around the River Torrens, a pretty six-kilometer route from Adelaide to the city's north. The track will take you to the Botanic Gardens, which are another picturesque spot for working up a sweat. Hobart’s Botanic Gardens are also ideal for a morning jog. Along with the Queen's Domain, this leafy part of Tasmania offers six kilometers of running trail. The picturesque path takes in the Derwent River, the historic cenotaph, and the TCA cricket ground. So don't let your Australian vacation stall your fitness regime. The country's jogging paths are a great way to see its major cities on foot.

[Image Source: Ernst Moeksis/Flickr]

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