Tan Track

Tan Track

No visit to Melbourne is complete without a walk, jog or run around Melbourne's iconic 'Tan Track', a 3.827km track around the Botanic Gardens.

Commonly and affectionately known locally as the TAN, it is officially termed the Tan Track. The TAN name origins are disputed: a surface of TAN-coloured stone aggregate or, the track is around the boTANic gardens or, it once was covered by TAN bark.

Regarded as Melbourne's most popular running route, The Tan is suitable for runners of all abilities with a gravel track except for the bitumen footpath along Anderson Street.

The Tan was originally constructed in the early 1900's as a tanbark horse-riding track but today is one of Melbourne's most frequented locations. Locals, visitors and famous alike now share the space as its international reputation has grown.

Fastest Lap

The current record is 10 minutes and 8 seconds, run by Craig Mottram in 2006. He set this record whilst running with the Richmond Football Club during their pre-season training. Mottram gave the footballers a two-and-a-half minute head start and still managed to beat them comprehensively.

Go the Tan

February | Annual GO THE TAN run provides the opportunity for participants to run, jog or walk around the Tan and receive an official time with all proceeds to FARA - Friedreich Ataxia Research Association.

Victorian Road Runners

On the first Saturday of every month, the Victorian Road Runners offers 4 km and 8 km time-trials around the Tan Track.

Tan Track

The track is very easy to navigate with distance markers every 250m and fully floodlight until midnight. [map]

The official start point of a clockwise lap is at the Pillars of Wisdom near the junction of Alexandra Avenue and Olympic Boulevard (opposite bridge).

Proceed east along Alexandra Avenue turning right onto Anderson Street (footpath), turn right (just before Domain Road), a short distance veer right onto Birdswood Avenue past the main entrance of Royal Botanic Gardens (right), Shrine of Remembrance (left), onto Linlithgow Avenue back to Alexandra Avenue.

The one tough part of running the TAN is HeartBreak Hill which is a 30m hill up Anderson Street, the rest being flat.

Enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes along Domain Road once you're done.


Melbourne The joggers and walkers of Melbourne's Tan Track (2.35m)
Melbourne The Tan Running Track (27m) DJI Osmo raw footage

❊ What's On ❊

❊ Location ❊

Tan TrackBirdwood Avenue,  South Yarra Victoria 3141 | Map

Tan Track Map

❊ Web Links ❊

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❊ Also See... ❊

Royal Botanic Gardens | Melbourne

Shrine of Remembrance

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