Spring is here – time to head outside, get in shape and delve into Melbourne while you’re at it. Let the experts guide you along the city’s waterways and laneways for some active exploration. Then stretch it out indoors with a dance class or silent yoga disco.
Run for your life
Ditch the treadmill, take a break from your usual jogging route and get excited about exercise with Running Tours. Ease into it with a mid-morning Laneways Discovery Tour among ever-evolving street art and little thoroughfares lined with boutiques, bars and cafes. Or rise and shine for the early-morning Yarra Sunrise Running Tour along the river. Either way, your guide will reveal some of Melbourne’s secrets and hidden places.
Peddling and paddling
Want to get up close and personal with the Yarra River while gently working out? Kayak Melbourne guides paddlers along this historic waterway, giving visitors and locals alike a fresh and spectacular perspective on the city. Options include the Moonlight Kayak Tour. Explore Docklands, where river and bay meet, eat fish ‘n’ chips on the water, and consider post-paddle bars while gliding along Southbank.
Another fun, active way to get to know the city is with Melbourne by Bike. Local guides take groups of no more than eight out and about in Melbourne. These four-plus-hour tours include lunch and lots of insights about Melbourne. Itineraries are determined by participants’ interests, so everyone is certain to get that perfect photo op.
Stretch it out
Missing those childhood ballet classes? Want to fulfil that lifelong wish of moving with a ballerina’s grace? It’s never too late with City Adult Ballet classes, which are available for all levels of experience. Teachers are professional dancers from renowned companies such as The Australian Ballet and English National Ballet. From alignment and artistry to improved stamina and strength, they will help you raise the bar.
To put some Latin pep in your step, shimmy along to The Salsa Foundation’s free classes. They are designed for absolute beginners, but with a few basic moves you’ll soon be living la vida loca on the dancefloor. Come with friends or fly solo – everybody wants to dance at these sociable, energetic salsa classes!
Why so serious? Yoga can be fun, especially at Flow After Dark. A slow silent disco in (optional) lycra, this Vinyasa yoga session features DJ James Mack easing fluid beats through supplied noise-cancelling headphones. Flow Athletic co-founder Kate Kendall leads a 90-minute session that will get yogis and newbies alike glowing in the dark.