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.

The Tan

The Tan was originally constructed in the early 1900's as a tanbark horse-riding track.

Known locally as THE TAN, officially it's the Tan Track.

The TAN name origins are disputed: a surface of TAN-coloured stone aggregate or, the track is around the Royal BoTANic Gardens or, it once was covered by TAN bark.

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

Locals, visitors and famous alike now share the space as its international reputation has grown.

Time clocks were first installed in 2012 for runners to see their times. The clocks were replaced in March 2024.

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.

Refer to the Hall of Fame on the Run the Tan website for the official Top 10 and Top 100 fastest male and female laps around The Tan and other interesting stats.

Walk Jog Run The Tan

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 Swan Street 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
Melbourne Why people love The Tan
Melbourne Run the Tan 2022 Highlights

❊ What's On ❊

Tan Time Trial: Victorian Road Runners

Run Club: Tan Track

❊ Address ❊

 ℅ Naarm
 ⊜  Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra 3141 View Map
Birdwood Avenue,South YarraVictoria

❊ Web Links ❊

Tan Track 



Tan Facts: JOHN CHARLES SYSSM Podiatrist



❊ Also See.. ❊

Royal Botanic Gardens | Melbourne

Go The Tan

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