Locations 2017-01-18T15:55:58+00:00

Locations

( Where we train )

Our Locations

Our main training location is Knox Athletics Track.

We also train at the following locations (click title to jump to location):

At certain times of the year, sessions are also held at the Tan Track Melbourne (the track around the RoyaL Botanic Gardens) and Albert Park Lake. Other venues may be arranged by request. Training sessions are usually held in the evening or morning outside work hours and on weekends and may be organised on request during business hours Monday to Friday.

Birdsland Reserve

Birdsland is a 75-hectare (185-acres) bushland reserve located in the southern area of the Dandenong Ranges, between Belgrave and Lysterfield Lake Park. Originally inhabited by the Wurrendjeri people, around 150 years ago the land was cleared for grazing and crop production. The land was owned and used for sheep farming by the Birds family from about 1940 until 1981 when the Shire of Sherbrooke purchased it and converted it into a community bushland reserve, opening in 1984. Today, Birdsland is home to over 130 different native birds including the Wedgetail Eagle and Powerful Owl, and over 200 species of native plants.

In addition to the many lovely undulating trails in and around Birdsland the main path around the lake is exactly one kilometre, making it perfect for K reps and threshold work. Two paths connecting the lake with the main carpark allow the circuit to be extended to two-kilometer loops.

Birdsland is closed on days of Total Fire Ban.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
271 Mount Morton Rd
Belgrave Heights
VIC 3160
WHERE WE MEET
Bottom carpark
(drive in through the gates)

Churchill National Park

Located 31-kilometres south-east of Melbourne, Churchill National Park’s 271-hectares (670-acres) adjoin and connect with Lysterfield Park. Originally established on 12 February 1941 as the Dandenong National Park, the park was renamed in 1944 in honour of Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill’s varied terrain, soft trails, and gorgeous scenery provides the perfect location for any non-track-based session.

Churchill National Park is closed on days of Total Fire Ban.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Churchill National Park
Churchill Park Drive
Rowville
VIC 3178
WHERE WE MEET
Bottom carpark
(drive in through the gates and proceed to the end)

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Known as Nerre Nerre Warren to its original inhabitants, from October 1840 to December 1844 the land now called Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve became the headquarters for the Melbourne or Western Port District of The Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate Station, established to ‘protect’ Aboriginal people from the frontier violence by encouraging them to move to government stations. At this location, school classes and religious services were held for Aboriginal people and rations provided in exchange for manual labour.

From 1842 to the early 1850s the Native Police Corps was stationed here. The Corps, consisting of Aboriginal men under the leadership of Captain Dana, were involved in dealing with disputes between Aboriginal and European people across Victoria, were also the first police stationed on the goldfields, and they acted as guards at Pentridge Prison at Coburg. Until 1931, many of the Aboriginal trackers who worked with the Victorian Police were based with the Victorian Police Horse Stud Depot at the Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve.

Today, Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve is one of Melbourne’s best training locations for middle and long distance athletes, with many squads, coaches,  and athletes – from beginners to Olympians – coming together each Saturday morning at 08:30 to help each other get fitter, faster, and closer to their goals.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve
Brady Road
Dandenong
VIC 3175
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark at end of Brady Road.

Ferny Creek and The Dandenongs

Famous for its lyrebirds and dominated by mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest flowering plant in the world), Sherbrooke Forest is a wet sclerophyll forest at 220-500 m altitude within the Dandenong Ranges, about 40 km east of Melbourne. Logged from the mid-19th century until 1930, in 1958 it was gazetted as a park and in 1987 it was merged with Doongalla Reserve and Ferntree Gully National Park to form the 32.15 km(3215 hectares / 7944 acres) Dandenong Ranges National Park.

One of the most famous training grounds in Australia for middle and long distance runners, Sherbrooke Forest is colloquially called Ferny Creek among the distance running community, although technically it lies in the suburb adjacent. Year-round, most Sunday mornings see from dozens to hundreds of runners make the early-morning pilgrimage to complete their long runs amongst its stunning scenery.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens
1A Sherbrooke Road
Sherbrooke
VIC 3789
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark opposite Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Jells Park

The merging point for Melbourne’s Dandenong Creek Trail (running north-south through the park) and Scotchmans Creek Trail (entering from the west), Jells Park’s 127 hectares (314 acres) are home to a myriad of running events including the Jells Park parkrun, Athletics Victoria Cross Country Season Jells Park Relays and the Victorian All-Schools Cross Country Relays to name a few.

The park’s many paths, tracks, ovals and hills provide superb variety for training.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Jells Park
Waverley Road
Wheelers Hill
VIC 3150
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark adjacent to the playground in the Ferntree Gully Road entrance (Jells Park South).

Knox Athletics Track

Knox Athletics Track is the home of Knox Athletics Club, Knox Little Athletics Club, Knox Masters Athletics Club, Knox Triathlon Club, and Human Performance Development.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Knox Athletics Track
Bunjil Way
Knoxfield
VIC 3180
WHERE WE MEET
Under the grandstand, or at the finish line.

Koolamara Waters

A small lake, wetlands and park adjoining an estate less than three kilometres jog from Knox Athletics Track, Koolamara Waters flat gravel paths are a fantastic location for many types of sessions.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Koolamara Waters
Koolamara Boulevard
Ferntree Gully
VIC 3156
WHERE WE MEET
Knox Athletics Track carpark

Lakewood Nature Reserve

Part of the Scoresby Horticultural Research Station until the mid-1980’s, Lakewood Nature Reserve’s current 3.3 hectares (8.2 acres) were formed in 1990 to protect the native vegetation and wildlife of the research station while the surrounding lands were subdivided.  The lake is now home to rare endangered Aquatic Herbland vegetation and an abundance of waterbirds.

With flat 800 metre, 1200m and 1600m loops, Lakewood Nature Reserve is a fantastic training location for long-interval, fartlek and threshold sessions.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Lakewood Nature Reserve
Lakewood Drive
Knoxfield
VIC 3180
WHERE WE MEET
Northern entrance gate on Lakewood Drive.

Lewis Park

Serving as a retarding basin during floods, Lewis Park hosts many community facilities including a playground, BMX & skate park, cricket nets, car parking, tennis courts, and football oval. It is directly adjacent to Knox City Shopping Centre and Orana Neighbourhood House.

Dead-flat and almost two kilometres around, Lakewood Nature Reserve is ideal for threshold and long-interval work (eg. 2K or 1K reps). It’s many bends and features serve as excellent markers for shorter work also, with one to be found almost every 400m.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Lewis Park
Lewis Road
Wantirna South
VIC 3152
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark inside the park, near the bathroom facilities.

Liverpool Road Retarding Basin

Hidden away in the back of Boronia, the Liverpool Road Retarding Basin is a little-known picturesque gem for training. Predominantly flat bar one small elevation change to the retarding wall, the LRRB’s gravel tracks and views of the Dandenong Ranges towering in the background mere kilometres away are a great location for short to long interval work. From gate to gate is one kilometre, though a connecting loop extends that to about a mile and permits circuits if desired.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Liverpool Road Retarding Basin
Liverpool Road
Boronia
VIC 3155
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark off Liverpool Road.

Lysterfield Lake Park

The location for the 2006 Commonwealth Games Mountain Biking events, Lysterfield Park was established as a public access National Park in 1979 after the decommissioning of the Lysterfield Reservoir (built in 1936). Situated approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Lysterfield is adjacent to and connects with Churchill National Park.

One of the most popular mountain biking, running, and hiking locations in the Greater Melbourne region, Lysterfield Park’s 1,398-hectares (3,450-acres) have options for nearly any training session you desire; even sprinting (spikeless), across the deadpan-flat 440m long dam wall.

Parks Victoria web page.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Lysterfield Lake Park
25 Horswood Rd
Narre Warren North
VIC 3804
WHERE WE MEET
Carpark to the right after driving through the main gates.

Thousand Steps

Part of the larger Dandenong Ranges National Park, the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1000 Steps) is a small yet unique and renowned tourist spot in the Mount Dandenong Ranges, located approximately 38 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD just past Upper Ferntree Gully. Originally built in the 1860’s as a means of accessing the One Tree Hill summit through the dense and lush forest vegetation, the steps were later transformed into a memorial commemorating the battle for the Kokoda track in Territory of Papua during World War II.

Park web page.

ADDRESS
Get Directions
Kokoda Memorial Walk (1000 Steps)
Tree Fern Gully Track
Tremont
VIC 3785
WHERE WE MEET
Shelter at the very bottom of the bottom (first) carpark.