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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 Lillydale Lake, Lilydale. The course is run entirely on 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 Lillydale Lake 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.
  • 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 Lillydale Lake 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 course starts on the gravel path leading from the carpark, adjacent to a wooden shelter next to the playground. Runners/walkers will complete 2 anticlockwise laps of the Lillydale Lake, following the main lake path. The course consists of mainly flat, wide and firm gravel surfaces. You will stay to the left of the track at all times and have caution when crossing the slightly narrow foot bridge and the bollards on entry and exit of the foot bridge. You will also be treated to lake views and beyond along with rabbits and wildlife for majority of the run/walk. At the completion of the second lap, the finish line is on the grass area to the left of the picnic table.


There is ample parking, and toilet facilities along with a great playground.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the gravel path leading from the carpark, adjacent to a wooden shelter next to the playground.

Getting there by public transport

You can catch the 673 bus which departs Lilydale train station and will drop you right out the front of the Lillydale Lake complex.

Getting there on foot

If you are attending the event by train, the station is located approximately 2.5km from the Lillydale Lake. Exit the train station and head east along the Maroondah highway, turn right onto Anderson Street until you come to the Swansea Road round about (approximately 500 meters ) You turn right at the roundabout and the Lillydale Lake is located approximately 200 meters on the right.

Getting there by road

Drive through the Lilydale township on the Maroondah Highway, turn right onto Anderson Street until you come to the Swansea Road roundabout (approximately 500 meters ). You turn right at the roundabout and the Lillydale Lake is located approximately 200 meters on the right.
There is ample parking within the Lillydale Lake complex; the start lineis located near the “dog off leash area” at the rear of the complex.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local cafe. Check which cafe with the run director on the day - please come and join us!