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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 the Botanical Gardens, Emerald. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths, concrete paths and gravel 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 Emerald 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 Emerald 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

Starting near the McIndoe Park near the Swings, runners run down the pathway into the Botanical gardens taking a right turn and up towards the rose garden in which then leads back down into the gardens. Runners then take a left turn and follow the path all the way through the gardens to the railway bridge where they then cross the footbridge and up under the railway line on the other side. Following the concrete path up along the highway, runners turn right back into the gardens and follow the concrete path towards the top carpark. The run then turns into a gravel/stoney path and heads back into the botanical gardens towards the rainforest where a concrete path is once again underfoot. After passing through the rainforest and up towards the windmill, the path then leads down past the maze and back onto a gravel/ stoney road. Keeping on your left of the track we run over a WW2 wooden bridge to complete two loops. The first - going straight up the gravel path towards the railway bridge then heading right back along the gravel road where a second crossing across the WW2 bridge for a loop along the river towards the bridge. The path then heads up a narrow embankment where the path takes a left turn back onto the footbridge to the entrance of the botanical gardens and back into the botanical gardens. The final leg follows the pathway towards the other end and another right turn back up to the finish near McIndoe park.


Facilities near the Start/ finish Line include toilets, Children's Swings and a car parking facility.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the McIndoe Park near the Swings.

Getting there by public transport

No public transport to the area.

Getting there on foot

The Botanical Gardens is situated in the centre of Emerald making access to the start/ finish line accessible from all carparks.
Following footpaths through the botanical garden via signage, the Emerald Parkrun starts near the Alan McIndoe Park.

Getting there by road

The botanical gardens has several entrance points including
McIndoe Park entrance - Opal Street
Botanical entrance - Park and walk from the Capricornia highway
Windmill Entrance - Park and Walk from Rifle Range road

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!