The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run at Kawana Surf Club on cement foot path. 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

Kawana parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. Please be aware that only sturdy cross-country type prams will cope with the beach/soft sand terrain of Course B which operates annually during the December/January peak holiday season. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Kawana 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

Beautiful, scenic running route exploring the beach front and forest of Kawana. The route is mainly flat surfaced & run along a foot path with a turning point at the lighthouse at Point Cartwright. Stunning panoramic views, bush turkeys and water bubblers to make the run more enjoyable!

During part of December and January each year, the first kilometre of the course is run on the beach (Course B).
Runners pushing buggies are still welcome, but please be aware that only sturdy cross-country type prams will cope with the beach/soft sand terrain of Course B.


A number of barbeque and toilet facilities are available at various points along the course including the very start.

Getting There

Location of start

Kawana Surf Club - 99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina, QLD 4575

Getting there by public transport

Public buses are available on a Saturday morning. Get off at Kawana Shopping World on Nicklin Way, then proceed to walk 670m to Kawana Surf Club.

Getting there on foot

Foot/bike paths run along the esplanade to Kawana Surf Club, should anybody want to ride, walk or run to the event

Getting there by road

Address for Satnav: 99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina, 4575, QLD. Kawana Surf Club is situated directly east of the Kawana Shopping Centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the finish line by a coffee van serving delicious hot and cold beverages. Alternatively, several local cafes are available close by - please come and join us.