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Ten of the best running tracks in Australia

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The days are slowly getting warmer and longer, making it the perfect time to consider a new running routine.

The New Daily has reviewed the top 10 tracks for runners around Australia, with breathtaking scenery, sunsets and cityscapes guaranteed.

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Instead of doing a few laps of the block this weekend, why not try one of the amazing trails in your city?

Share your favourite running trails in the comments below.

Spit Bridge to Manly, Sydney

The Spit Bridge to Manly track is arguably Sydney’s most scenic route, taking in bushland, the coastline and Sydney’s famous harbour.

The 9km track passes the coastline of Fisher Bay and Sandy Bay, before entering Sydney Harbour National Park, providing sensational views.

Bondi to Bronte, Sydney

The most famous track in Sydney takes in spectacular views of Bondi and Bronte beach, linking the two iconic beaches along a 2.5km boardwalk.

The trail, which features rugged coastline and the famous Bondi Icebergs pool, is relatively easy apart from a steep set of stairs, and is great place for people and celebrity watching.

The Tan Track, Melbourne

‘The Tan’ is Melbourne’s most iconic running track, looping around the Royal Botanic Gardens with views of the CBD and the Shrine of Remembrance.

The 3.8km route is frequented by runners day and night, and is popular with the before-work crowd. It is also a good people watching spot.

Albert Park Lake, Melbourne

The track around Albert Park Lake is another famous trail in Melbourne, and is a relatively easy 5km run which winds around the lake, providing great views of the city.

Enjoy watching the boats and ducks on the water as you do a lap, then grab a coffee at The Carousel on the waterfront when you’re done.

Mount Lofty, Adelaide

Starting at Waterfall Gully, 15 minutes from the city, the Mount Lofty trail is a steep 3.5km course for the brave.

The route, popular with footballers in the off season, provides stunning views of Adelaide and the coastline from the summit, taking in waterfalls and wildlife on the way up.

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane

The popular Mount Coot-tha 1.9 km summit track is another one for nature lovers, with the paved track passing creeks and bushland.

This track from J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area to Mt Coot-tha lookout is steep in parts, but provides a great view over the city with a heritage listed cafe.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Cottesloe Beach in Perth is a great place for runners wanting to soak up the area’s stunning surf and great atmosphere over a 1.5km route.

A paved trail runs along the water front for runners and cyclists, and there are grassy knolls and cafes lining the beach to relax after a run.

Brisbane River run, Brisbane

The Brisbane “river loop”, a 6.4km trail along the CBD riverfront, is popular with city workers after 5pm.

The scenic run takes in the City Botanic Gardens and sweeping city views along Story Bridge, and is lined with interval markers and coloured course arrows.

Lake Monger, Perth

The relaxing 3.2 km run around Lake Monger in Perth is popular with locals and provides great views of the Perth CBD and native birds.

There’s a restaurant on the lake which is a great spot to grab a coffee after you complete a lap or two. It’s also a great place to catch the sunset.

Mount Wellington, Hobart

The route from Mount Wellington to the summit is a long 22 kms, popular with half marathon runners and hikers.

The spectacular view over Hobart from the top makes it a great place for shorter runs along tracks near the summit.

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