The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve, Lake Wivenhoe. The course is run entirely on 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 Cormorant Bay 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Unfortunately the course is not pram friendly.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Cormorant Bay 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 course is a 5km trail run/walk throughout a picturesque bushland setting with stunning views of Lake Wivenhoe. The paths are not sealed and there are some short hills and uneven surfaces. The course starts and finishes at the same location about halfway down the entrance track. After completion of the first lap, turn around and complete the same course in reverse. The course will be marked and marshals or flags will be in place at all turns. Unfortunately the course is not pram friendly. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


There are public toilets located near the start and finish area. As this is a conservation park, all rubbish generated must be removed. There are no water facilities on course, so please BYO water.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve halfway down the entrance track.

Getting there by public transport


Getting there on foot


Getting there by road

From Brisbane/Ipswich/Gold Coast, drive west on the Warrego Highway/National Highway M2/National Highway 15. Use the left 2 lanes to take the M2/Warrego Highway exit towards Esk/Toowoomba. Continue onto Warrego Highway/M2 into the town of Fernvale. Continue past Fernvale on Brisbane Valley Highway A17 for approximately 7.7km. Turn right - clearly signed Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve. Travel past the café on the left, the entry to the course is on the left just past the toilet block about 300m past the café.
If coming from Esk direction, Cormorant Bay is clearly marked. Turn left just after the Wivenhoe Dam wall.
Sealed car parking is available around the picnic area close to the start/finish line. Cormorant Bay can be found on Google Maps and is very easy to find.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Cormorant Bay Café - please come and join us!