Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms

The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Newport Lakes Reserve, Newport. The course is run entirely on a mixture of surfaces . 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 Newport Lakes 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Newport Lakes 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

Please note that dogs are not allowed at this event.

We meet at the BBQ and Toilet area.

Newport Lakes is a technical course with uneven terrain, some sharp hills and a lot of turns.

Start in Pavey Park near Margaret St. Wind around BBQ area, towards Graham St. Turn left towards small woods, twisting through woods towards Percy St. Turn right, continue along to top path around Lake. At bottom right corner, turn sharp right and head North along middle path back around lake. Once around lake, turn sharp left and head back around the lake for a third time on lower path. Follow bottom of South Lake and back to top of quarry. Continue following West side of lake, heading over footbridge and along narrow trail around lookout point. Turn left at top of lake and back along wide utility road towards Pavey Park. Head back onto park, around play equipment and finish in BBQ area.


Toilets, BBQ, Play Park, Drinking Taps, Picnic Area

Getting There

Location of start

We meet at the BBQ and Toilet area.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Take the Werribee or Williamstown line.
Get off at Newport Station, walk up Mason Street for 1km. Turn right at Lakes Drive. Walk around the gate and the parkrun meeting area is on your left, near the BBQs and Toilets.

Bus: Route 471 (Williamstown to Sunshine)
Heading towards Sunshine ? Get off at Laurie St stop
Heading towards Williamston ? Get off at Leslie St stop

Getting there on foot

Newport Lakes is about one kilometre, or a 15 minute walk west from Newport Station. You can enter the park from any gate.
The main entrance is via Lakes Drive off Mason Street. The meeting area is near the BBQs and Toilets.

Getting there by road

GPS: Leslie St, Newport, 3015

From Westgate Freeway
Exit at Williamstown Road ? Head South
Take a right turn at Mason St (opposite Newport Train Station)
At the roundabout turn right into Leslie St.
Ample street parking is available on Leslie, Margaret, Graham & Savige Streets

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the New Leaf Cafe, 107 Wood Street, Newport (it's children friendly and only 600mtr from the finish area) - please come and join us!