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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Birdsland Reserve, Belgrave Heights. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and trail paths. 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 Birdsland Reserve 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Birdsland Reserve parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

From the start the course follows a gravel path to the lake area. You nearly complete an anti-clockwise loop of the lake before doing an out and back on an adjacent path. When you return to the lake you complete nearly two clockwise loops of the lake before returning to the finish line on the original path. The start/finish area is close to the main carpark.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


Picnic facilities and toilets are near the carpark close to the start/finish area. An additional toilet is situated in the Education Centre located near the upper car park (350m walk from the start/finish area).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the main carpark.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The closest bus stop is on Burwood Highway Tecoma (Route 693).

Train: The closest railway station is at Tecoma (Belgrave Line).

It is approximately 30 minutes by foot from Public Transport to the Start/Finish line.

Getting there on foot

Option A: Enter Birdsland Reserve via the path at the main entrance to the park off McNicol Road/Mount Morton Road.
Option B: Enter Birdsland Reserve via a downhill path next to 199 Mount Morton Road.
Option C: From Glenfern Road (Upwey) walk down the Nixon Road hill and then enter the reserve at the westernmost point of the lake.
Option D: From Wellington Road, walk along Dargon Track and then enter the reserve at the westernmost point of the lake.
From Tecoma railway station you would need to walk 2.5km along McNicol Road to reach the start/finish line within Birdsland Reserve.
From the bus stop it is a 2.8km walk along McNicol Road to reach the start/finish line within Birdsland Reserve.

Getting there by road

From Burwood Highway, turn into McNicol Road and drive approximately 2.2 kms until you reach the entrance to the Birdsland Reserve on your right. The main carpark is then a 500m drive along a narrow gravel road.

There is limited car parking on site and participants are strongly encouraged to carpool. In the main car park closest to the start/finish area, there is parking for approximately 30 cars. The upper car park (350m away) is located next to the Education Centre and Community Nursery and can accommodate an additional 35 vehicles. There is another small car park with 10 car spaces at the entrance to the reserve approximately 10 min walk to the start/finish line area. There is limited parking in adjoining streets (approximately 600m walk).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Bensons Cafe and Restaurant - please come and join us!