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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 Nightcliff foreshore and coastal parkland, Rapid Creek, Darwin. The course is run on a mixture of paved paths and grass. 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 Nightcliff 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 Nightcliff 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

Nightcliff parkrun is on a paved course utilising half of the beautiful and historic Nightcliff foreshore and coastal parkland area. The path along the cliffs provides parkrunners with views of Rapid Creek through to the ocean views of Shoal Bay and onto the turnaround point near the iconic Nightcliff Jetty. Once you complete the return leg, the final kilometre takes you past the start/finish line though to a mangrove landscape. You will continue over the Rapid Creek Foot Bridge and back again to the start/finish line. The final 20m in on a manicured grassed area.


At the start finish line there is a water fountain, public toilet, various picnic tables/chairs, a children’s playground and plenty of shaded areas. The event volunteers will utilise the sheltered picnic rotunda. There are water fountains and toilets conveniently spaced out along the entire run.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts opposite the Beachfront Hotel at 342 Casuarina Drive (between the Rapid Creek Bridge carpark and Chapman Road carpark).

Getting there by public transport

At the time of launch the buses that service Nightcliff parkrun do not start early enough to attend.
If you plan on visiting Nightcliff at another time the bus stops for the Number 10 and Number 4 Darwin Council bus services are in walking distance of the start line. Check Council website for the latest bus timetable.

Getting there on foot

Start/finish line is located opposite the Beachfront Hotel at 342 Casuarina Drive (between the Rapid Creek Bridge carpark and Chapman Road carpark).

Getting there by road

Travelling from the City make your way onto Stuart Highway. At the Narrows turn left onto Bagot Road (before the overpass). Bagot Road becomes Trower Road at the intersection of Nightcliff Road. Continue through this intersection. Once you are on Trower Road, at the traffic lights turn left into Casuarina Drive and follow the road until number 342 (Beachfront Hotel). Start/Finish line is opposite in the park at the rotunda.

Travelling from the Northern Suburbs make your way onto Trower Road. At the traffic lights turn right into Casuarina Drive and follow the road until number 342 (Beachfront Hotel). Start/Finish line is opposite in the park at the rotunda.

Travelling from Palmerston make your way onto the Stuart Highway. Just past Yarrawonga make your way onto the right hand lane and at the traffic lights turn right into McMillans Road. Follow this road past the airport turnoff and turn right into Rapid Creek Road. At the traffic lights continue straight through this intersection which becomes Casuarina Drive. Continue until number 342 (Beachfront Hotel). Start/Finish line is opposite in the park at the rotunda.

Parking is available in designated parking bays along Casuarina Drive or at the Rapid Creek Bridge carpark approximately 300m away or a second carpark at the intersection of Chapman Road and Casuarina Drive approximately 300m in the opposite direction.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Beachfront Hotel Café - please come and join us!