Melbourne’s Tan

The Tan Track was established in 1901. At that time, it comprised of four lanes: a path for horses, one for carriages, a bicycle lane, and a pedestrian path. The name Tan, was derived from the type of bark that covered the equestrian track. Over one hundred years later, only one track remains that is longer than the original. 

Record times around the Tan

We hiked the nearly four kilometre path that followed around the Royal Botanic Gardens. A sign recorded the fastest times of both female and male contestants around the circuit, but we weren’t there to break any records. A brisk walk on a pleasant autumn day was more than enough.

Not far from the start of the Tan