Where to exercise in the great outdoors this summer

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Gippsland Plains Rail Trail

The former railway line between Traralgon and Stratford offers more than 60 kilometres to cycle, walk or jog while visiting speciality shops and taking in Gippsland’s scenery.

Explore creeks, parks and historic crossings around Cowwarr, Toongabbie and Maffra, getting that heart rate up while learning more about the region.

The trail officially begins at the Marshalls and Traralgon-Maffra roads intersection and can be accessed at several points in various towns.

Grand Ridge Rail Trail

Thirteen kilometres of hilly terrain will take you from Boolarra to Mirboo North or vice versa, surrounded by beautiful bushland revegetating from the 2009 bushfires. You can access the trail at Boolarra Railway Park, behind Mirboo North’s Grand Ridge Brewery, or at the halfway point of former Darlimurla railway station.

Take a relaxed stroll by foot, put your runners on and test your stamina or cycle the 26km return trip and embrace the hilly countryside.

Kernot Lake, Morwell

Immerse yourself in Gippsland’s history – from the black coal era to prominent politicians, writers and sports people – while exercising around Kernot Lake.

Take a pram, your running shoes and a bottle of water and allow plenty of time to read about the region’s rich origins.

Morwell National Park

Several walking tracks snake through Morwell National Park where native flora and fauna flourish.

Take a picnic lunch, map and walking shoes to explore the natural wonders just around the corner, including Fosters Gully and Billys Creek.

Explore further afield in the neighbouring Tarra Bulga National Park and trek more than 100km of the Grand Strzelecki Track. Remember to let someone know where you’re off to and when you expect to be home.

Lake Narracan

A tourist and sports destination in the heart of Latrobe Valley, Lake Narracan is home to a variety of water activities, from sail boarding to jet skiing. Go for a swim or wander around the lake and enjoy a picnic lunch with family or friends.

Hazelwood Pondage

Providing warm water all year round and host to triathlons and other outdoor water competitions, the Hazelwood Pondage makes exercise easy.

Take a picnic or cook up a barbecue and have a swim, run or canoe about the water.

Outdoor Pools – Mirboo North, Yallourn North, Traralgon and Moe

Have a splash in a local outdoor pool with family or friends while getting plenty of Vitamin D over summer.

Remember to slip, slop, slap seek and slide and be safe around the water.