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Top 10 City Walks in Australia

by Stephanie Underhill on Wednesday 16 October 2019


Looking for a fun and social activity to do on your weekend? Look no further than your very own city!

Despite common misconceptions, Australian cities can be one of the best places to take an extended stroll – either as a fun date activity, a reason to hang out with your friends, or as a way of clearing your head after a stressful week. 

Both Melbourne and Sydney have some amazing walking routes, and we’ve listed a few of the best ones here.


Melbourne CBD to the Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a little bit out of the city along St Kilda Road, and it’s a beautiful walk to get there. From the CBD, you can choose to either walk through Alexandra Gardens and take in some lovely greenery, or soak up some culture by sauntering along St Kilda Road past the Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria. Once you’re at the Shrine, look back towards the CBD for a pretty special view of Australia’s most liveable city.

Albert Park Lake

Albert Park is only a few kilometres south of the CBD, and provides a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll. Every year the Melbourne Grand Prix takes place here around March, and the Medibank Melbourne Running Festival held in October includes a loop of Albert Park Lake. If you’re game, follow in the footsteps of some epic marathon runners by stepping your walk up a notch and making it a light jog or run.

South Wharf to Docklands


South Wharf is an easy stroll east of Southbank, Crown and the Melbourne Convention Centre. From here, it takes about 20 minutes to walk your way over to Docklands via the architecturally impressive Webb Bridge. Take in beautiful Yarra River views as you pass over on the pedestrian bridge and slowly make your way away from the busy city centre to the cool, calm streets of Docklands. Here, you can watch the fancy yachts bob in their mooring, or get a bite to eat at a harbourside restaurant.

AAMI Park to Birrarung Marr

Some of the state’s biggest sporting events are held at AAMI Park Stadium. And while many fans opt to pack themselves onto public transport to get back into the CBD, you can choose the alternative and take a beautiful walk along the Yarra River to Birrarung Marr. Watch rowers and small boats traverse the river to your left, and wander the Birrarung Marr gardens for a bit to enjoy some art installations inspired by indigenous culture.

Virgin Active Collins St to Virgin Active Bourke St


If you regularly exercise at our Collins Street club near Southern Cross Station, take in the sights of the CBD as you walk nearly the full length of Collins Street, turn left at Russell Street and then right onto Bourke Street. Congratulations! You’ve made it to our Bourke Street club. And great news: your membership allows you to exercise at both clubs! If you’re a Bourke Street regular, reverse the walk to check out our other state-of-the-art health club on Collins Street.


Explore The Rocks

The Rocks is a beautiful and historically significant area of Sydney that’s well worth a slow meander around. Start in Circular Quay and make your way towards Pylon Lookout for a great view of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Then, head inland to explore cobbled alleyways, shops and restaurants. You can even download an app with walking tours to provide extra details and facts as you go!

The Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens

There’s a reason the Sydney Opera House draws hordes of tourists every day. It’s a stunning part of the city and is an ideal location for a stroll. After circling the Opera House in full – to note the interesting architecture from all angles, head up the hill into the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take your time to meander through the winding paths of the gardens and notice all the exotic plants on display.

Sydney Harbour Bridge


If you’ve never crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot, now is the time! You can cross the bridge on foot for free, and get spectacular views of the harbour while you’re at it. Access the pedestrian walkway from the stairs on Cumberland Street in The Rocks, or from Milsons Point jetty on the other side. It will take 15-30 minutes to cross the bridge, depending on your speed and how many times you stop to take selfies against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Centennial Park

Though a bustling urban metropolis, Sydney has plenty of green expanses within its folds – and Centennial Park is definitely one to check out. There’s a 3.8km track around the park which is great for walking or jogging, but you should also head into the middle of the park to see the gorgeous ponds. Plus, with more than 154 hectares of designated leash-free dog park, Centennial Park is a great place to take your furry friend for a play.

Cockatoo Island

For something a bit different, take a quick ferry ride from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island, and explore the history and art exhibits on Sydney Harbour’s largest island. It will take you a few hours to see everything there is to see, and you’ll probably learn a bit about Sydney’s history too!

If walking’s not your thing, we’ve got a range of fun classes and activities to get you moving. Check out your local Virgin Active health club, and book a free tour!

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