September 27, 2016
Boroondara residents like to keep moving. And one of the simplest ways to do this is by downloading the latest fitness app, pull on your Nikes and head out for a jog. It makes great sense - it's free, there's no set timetable and the City of Boroondara provides a truly tempting selection of walking and running tracks to keep things interesting.
Anderson Park in Hawthorn East, for example, has a perimeter track on a one-kilometre circuit. The path envelopes sporting fields and playgrounds and has hilly ups and downs to challenge every level of fitness. There are also magnificent, panoramic views of Melbourne and surrounds for a picturesque distraction.
Then there's the Gardiners Creek Trail. It's a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows Gardiners Creek through the eastern suburbs for approximately 17 kilometres. It touches several council zones and is used by thousands of Melbournians each year. It essentially links Boroondara with the city.
Further north in the Boroondara area is Fairview Park in Hawthorn, which borders the banks of the Yarra River. Joggers looking to clock up some extra kilometres on their Fitbit can start here and run in either direction along the Main Yarra Trail. Fairview Park is also a popular spot for exercising the family pooch so it's a win for the entire family.
Wattle Park on Riversdale Road in Surrey Hills is described on Trip Advisor as a "great place for jogging". It is a huge space covering 55 hectares of natural bushland, hence there is a great diversity of flora and fauna. A little piece of wilderness in nestled in suburbia.
The City of Boroondara has many walking groups and events to keep everyone moving. Head to the City of Boroondara website for further details. Local primary schools regularly encourage their students to walk to school and stay active. Walk to work days are also on the rise. If anything, these are good for the environment but they also a great way to increase exercise and connect with friends and colleagues.