The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Albert Park, Melbourne. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, gravel paths and sand. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.
Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.
The Albert parkrun, Melbourne is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:
- Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
- Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
- Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
- Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
- Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
- When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
- Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
- Remember to warm up before the run.
- If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
- If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
- It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
- Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
- Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Albert parkrun, Melbourne is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.
For more information, please see our Support
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We meet at 7.50am every Saturday for the pre-run briefing at the Coot Picnic Area, Albert Park, in the BBQ shed directly across the road from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). We then walk 300m to the Palms Lawn for the start. The course follows the iconic Albert Park Lake path anticlockwise, finishing back at the Coot Picnic Area. The boat shed at the southern end of the lake is halfway. See the map above. There are public toilets at the Coot Picnic Area and at the 4.5km mark. Water fountains are positioned about every kilometre around the course as well as at the Coot Picnic Area.
- Parking: Paid parking ($2.60, bring coins, no change available) is available in the Lakeside carpark.
- Toilets: There are public toilets beside the Coot Picnic area.
- Water: There is a water fountain in the Coot Picnic area and a cafe inside the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
- Shower and change rooms: The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre has showers and change rooms that can be accessed for the price of entry into the swimming pools.
Location of start
We meet at the Coot Picnic Area at Albert Park (located opposite the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre).
Getting there by public transport
It’s easy to get to Albert Melbourne parkrun by public transport. You can catch a single, direct tram from either the CBD or St Kilda.
From the CBD: Take Tram #12 that is heading to St Kilda via Collins St. There are trams that depart Stop 6 (corner of Collins St and Swanston St) at 7.18 am and 7.37 am. The tram travels west along Collins St, heads south along Spencer St and then into Clarendon St. Get off the tram at Stop 130 (corner of Clarendon St and Albert Rd), walk across the road and head directly towards the lake, our meeting point is beside the lake, to the west of the carpark, see Map for details. Those two trams will arrive at either 7.32 am or 7.52 am.
From St Kilda: Take Tram #96 towards Brunswick. There are trams that depart Stop 138 (Luna Park/The Esplanade) at 7.27 am and 7.39 am. Get off the tram at Stop 129 (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre/Wright St). Head east towards Albert Park Lake and our meeting point is at the north-western end of the lake, see Map for details. Those two trams will arrive at either 7.37 am or 7.49 am.
Albert Park is outside the Free Tram Zone so you will need to buy a Myki card, available at any 7-11 store, train station or at the airport.
Getting there on foot
Enter Albert Park via any of the gates around the park and follow the path to our meeting point, see map. The gate on Albert Rd, opposite Clarendon St is the closest to the CBD.
Getting there by road
Enter Albert Park from the gate on Albert Park Rd, opposite Clarendon St. Paid parking ($2.60, bring coins, no change available) is available in the Lakeside carpark. There is some free, on-street parking nearby, try Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St., a 5 - 10 minute walk from your car to our meeting point.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Daily Grind Café. This is located at 356 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205. On busy weeks, there is also the option of going to
the Carousel Café beside the lake, close to the 1km mark - please come and join us!