The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Nielson Park, Bargara. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, asphalt & bitumen paths and grass. 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.

Course Safety

The Bargara parkrun 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 Bargara parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

The Bargara parkrun course follows the public pathways along the spectacular Bargara foreshore and nature reserve. Starting from Nielsons Park between the palm trees, first head north for 1.45 km along the designated pathways into the nature reserve. Head towards Mon Repos crossing two footbridges before turning back along the same path back past the Surf Club. Follow the pathways along the esplanade, keeping the water views on your left as you go around the carpark on the grassed area above Schuhkraft park, down towards Bargara CenterPoint. The turnaround point is at the 3.8 Km point just before the BBQ areas at the turtle park. Return north along the same pathway keeping to the left and finishing at Nielson park between the palm trees.
The course is a single loop run heading north then back to complete the 5km. The course consists mainly of flat undulating tracks with some small inclines and declines made up from either concrete or asphalt pathways. There is a small amount of grassed areas at the finish, start, midway point south, and second turnaround area.


Toilets - There is ample public facilities available to the public along our running track, with 2 separate toilet blocks along the pathway
Phone - a public phone available at the park if required
Showers - The toilet block at the start finish area has shower facilities as well as beach showers available if you wish to cool off or have a shower after going for your run or you could even go for a swim at our patrolled beach.
Playgrounds - There are playgrounds & a skate bowl at the start, finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts from Nielsons Park between the palm trees.

Getting there by public transport

Find all the information on the Duffys City Buses website -
The bus route to look for is Route # 4, this bus run will get you down and back from the Bargara area, during normal operating times.

Getting there on foot

For those eager to get out early and either walk or run down to the start area, once in Bargara head straight down to the foreshore and turn left. Head north and follow the pathways, enjoying the scenery until you get to Nielson park amd the Bundaberg Surf Club. If you get lost, just ask one of our friendly locals for some directions

Getting there by road

Enter Nielsons park, Fred Courtice Ave Bargara 4670 into your GPS.
General directions for those travelling from Bundaberg - travel on Bargara Road following the signs. When at the T intersection at the esplanade, there is water in front of you and you can go no further, turn left and follow the road till you see Nielson park & the Bundaberg surf club on your right. There is ample parking in this area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sea Bean (located at the Bundaberg Surf Lifesaving Club), Ricks (located Bargara CenterPoint) or Kacy’s (located Bargara CenterPoint) - please come and join us!