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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 in Big Swamp Wildlife Park, Bunbury. The course is run entirely on concrete 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 Bunbury 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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 Bunbury 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

The start line sits adjacent the car park nearest the playground on the red footpath that runs along the outskirts of the big swamp.

Starting in a westerly direction toward the ocean follow the footpath and head up the small hill to the lookout gazebo. Follow the pathway down the hill and turn left at the wooden bench seat. Head over the wooden bridge and follow the pathway around the swamp in a clockwise direction. The course is 2 full laps of the swamp with a short loop at the end.
After the second full lap of the swamp there is another trip to the lookout gazebo but this time turn right at the bottom of the hill near the bench seat and finish in an anti clockwise direction. The finish line is adjacent the Big Swamp Wildlife park entry approx. 200m west of the start line. Each lap of the swamp is 2.1km with the final short loop being approx 800m to finish off the 5000m course.

Facilities

There is a toilet block and drink fountain available in the playground adjacent the start / finish area.
Parking is available at the Big Swamp playground and wildlife park car parks adjacent the start / finish areas.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the car park, nearest the playground on the red footpath that runs along the outskirts of the big swamp.

Getting there by public transport

Bunbury bus service (Veolia) has drop points along the Bunbury beach front and Minninup road. Follow this link for more details.

Getting there on foot

Turn off Minninup road and follow Prince Philip drive to the playground.
If approaching from Ocean Drive turn off Hayward Street and follow the road through the roundabout onto Prince Philip Drive and through to the car park nearest the playground.

Getting there by road

Prince Philip Drive, Bunbury 6230. Turn off Minninup road and follow Prince Philip drive to the playground.
If approaching from Ocean Drive turn off Hayward Street and follow the road through the roundabout onto Prince Philip Drive and through to the car park nearest the playground.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Wildside Cafe at Bunbury Wildlife Park - please come and join us!