The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Marine Parade, Cottesloe. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and the beach. 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 Cottesloe 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.
  • The beach section of the course is a dog beach and 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 as the course includes about 800m on the beach, it is not well suited to buggies. If possible start at the back because the path is crowded at the beginning and please take care of other path users by keeping left and maintaining a wide safety margin.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Cottesloe 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 starts at the grass area, just south of the Indiana Cottesloe Beach restaurant. The exact starting point is a drink fountain just to the left of the footpath.
The course ends at the same place as the starting point. There are a group of trees either side of the footpath where you finish.

Most of the course is run on the beachfront pedestrian path. When you reach 2 Curtin Avenue you run down a slope to the beach. You run on the sand until you reach 38 Marine Parade (the big pine tree) and then you turn around and run up a beach broadwalk at Lot 362 Curtin Avenue. Then you run North, along the pedestrian park until you reach the finish point.

The course covers a variety of terrain including about 800m along the beach, which varies from week to week as the tide, sand and seasonal seaweed come and go. There are also some rocks to step over as you come onto the beach and some other variations - so lift your feet!

In some areas there are large grass areas alongside the footpath, which may also be used for runners. There are no major hills in this course apart from running down to the sand and back up from the sand to the footpath. There are slight inclines and corresponding declines. There are no roads to be aware of, only other people using the same footpath for walking, running cycling or walking their dog.


There are toilets, taps tables, a drink fountain outside and plenty of shade outside the Indiana Cottesloe Beach restaurant. There is also a few drink fountains during the 5km run.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the grass area, just south of the Indiana Cottesloe Beach restaurant. The exact starting point is a drink fountain just to the left of the footpath.

Getting there by public transport

Bus number 102 or 103.

Getting there on foot

From the car parks simply walk on a footpath until you are right in front of the Indiana Cottesloe Beach restaurant. The bus stops on Marine Parade. Once you are off the bus walk down on the footpath until you are in front of the Indiana Cottesloe Beach restaurant.

Getting there by road

Parking is available in front of Cottesloe Beach. There is also plenty of parking on the corner of Marine Parade and Napier Street and Street parking along Marine Parade.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Il Lido Italian Canteen, 88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe - please come and join us!