Gotta love The Tan – by Pauline!
Ask anyone from Melbourne to name their top locales for walking or running and they will invariably speak very fondly of “The Tan”. The Tan is a true icon of Melbourne and definitely worth a visit. Bordering the southern bank of the Yarra River, the very well maintained track loops around the city’s leafy Royal Botanic Gardens. The track also passes a number of city icons, including the Shrine of Remembrance war memorial.
Decades ago it was a horse track, purported to be comprised of tan bark, hence the name. Now the surface is tan-coloured stone aggregate, which is easier on the joints than bitumen or concrete.
Hardcore runners hit the track early, I’m talking pre-dawn. Even in winter you are certain to see brave souls already perspiring at 6am.
But, no matter what time of day you visit, and whether you walk, jog or run the 3.87 km loop, you will have earned yourself at least a coffee. Maybe brunch too. A great cafe on the edge of the track is My Legendary Girlfriend on Domain Road. Try the mushrooms on toast with Yarra Valley Persian feta… amazing.
The Tan is a public space, open all hours. The track is floodlit from sunset until midnight.
The Botanic Gardens are open every day of the year at 7.30am, gates close at dusk.
Visit: My Legendary Girlfriend – 157 Domain Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141; Call:+61 3 9077 4863; Open: Hours Mon to Fri 7am-4pm Sat & Sun 7am-late; Wallet: Brunch dishes around $16by