Jog, cycle or walk with your dog around Albert Park Lake - just 3km from the centre of Melbourne. And when you stop to catch your breath, take a moment to enjoy the magnificent views of the city skyline.
Albert Park is home to a plethora of events, from fun runs to cycling events, pet-friendly meetups and the iconic Australian Grand Prix.
Set out on the Albert Park Lake Path and stop at the southern-end of Albert Park Lake to admire the views back towards Melbourne. Swim, dive or try out the indoor sports facilities and fitness gym at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Sign up for some sailing or rowing lessons, hire a boat or if you are a seasoned sailor or rower, join in on the weekly races and meets.
And with both off and on-lead areas, come and enjoy Albert Park with your four-legged pooch. Nine picturesque picnic areas dotted around Albert Park Lake are perfect for an outing with family and friends.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Albert Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Things to do
Dog walking in Albert Park
Picnic areas in Albert Park
Albert Park Lake
Community sport in Albert Park
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Albert Park Golf Course
Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse
Water activities in Albert Park
Car Parking in Albert Park
Tours and adventure experiences in parks
One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.
There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.
Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more.
Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.
How to get there
When you're there
Apart from the lake itself, other attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track. Sporting facilities include a golf driving range, gymnasium and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
- Please don't feed the swans. Feeding birds bread and food scraps is harmful to the birds and can lead to deformities. Several young swans at Albert Park now have stunted wings, likely due to being fed by visitors when they were babies.
- Give them space. Wildlife is wild so keep your distance from wild animals.
Need to know
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Swan, Coot, Cormorant and Grebe picnic grounds, Aquatic Drive, the Ampitheatre, the Community Playground, Ross Gregory Drive and the Powerhouse, were assessed for accessibility in February 2021, providing information about the accessibility of the picnic facilities, toilets, parking and paths in these areas, and photos.
To make it easier for people with limited mobility to see the all abilities access and experiences on offer at Albert Park, Parks Victoria has released this video - produced and narrated by accessibility advocate Ryan Smith, who uses a wheelchair.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Albert Park Lake (Albert Park Lake, Albert Park)
Albert Park Aughtie Drive underpasses
Pedestrian and cycle access under Aughtie Drive via the North and South underpasses will be closed.Alternative routes will be available.
How we keep it special
Albert Park Master Plan
Victorians love Albert Park, with over 6 million visits made each year. Since 1876, the park has provided for a range of amateur sports and for casual get-togethers. Many generations have enjoyed a walk around the lake or a barbecue in one of the many picnic areas.
A master plan has been developed to set a 25-year vision for Albert Park to guide it through the next stage of its history and to maximise its contribution to the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.
Following the release of the draft Albert Park Master Plan in November 2017, feedback from more than 2000 individual responses, from a range of stakeholders, sporting clubs and community groups was received. Through consultation with a broad range of local residents, park visitors, sports clubs and stakeholders, we have heard that the park is much loved and that the underlying layout is working well, but there are some key areas for improvement.
The master plan provides a series of interventions to improve the quality of experiences available for visitors, in large part by improving the park environment through increased planting and by improving access to the park.
The Albert Park Master Plan will guide improvements to the park over the next 25 years, ensuring it meets the diverse and changing needs of visitors, while enhancing the health and wellbeing of the visitor to the park and quality of the park landscape.
Albert Park Pavilion at Oval One
We are building a new sporting pavilion at Oval One in Albert Park. It will include four change rooms, all abilities access, umpires' rooms, a community space and a covered deck.
David Mandie and Clarke Shields pavilions upgrades
The much-loved David Mandie and Clarke Shields Pavilion at Albert Park is being extended to provide all-ability accessible change room facilities.