Go Trail Running in Parks
Trail running is a great way to improve your fitness and try something different to running on city streets. The main difference with trail running is the surface you're running on. Instead of concrete, it could be dirt, gravel, steps or compacted trails. The surface isn't always even so you need to think about where you place your feet.
A great place to start is the lake circuit at Albert Park. The 4.7km loop is a good stable running surface with a flat gradient. For those you like running with other people, Albert Park is the most popular parkrun which happens at 8am each Saturday morning. Parkruns are held at a number of parks managed by Parks Victoria and other locations across the world.
The Granite Peak Trail at Lysterfield Park is a rigorous 6km (each way) trail that starts at Beach Carpark at Lysterfield Lake and follows the old granite quarry tramline route climbing 200m uphill through native forest to Trig Point Lookout. At the top you’re rewarded with 360-degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and Dandenong Ranges making all that hard work worthwhile. Run, jog or walk it at your own pace.
Lysterfield Park is only a short 20min drive from the over-popular 1,000 Steps, Dandenong Ranges National Park. Make a smart choice and avoid the crowds, improve your fitness in nature and try the Granite Peak Trail at Lysterfield Park.