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 "Reflections Killalea Reserve", Killalea Drive, Shell Cove. The course is run on a mixture of grass, sand, dirt vehicle tracks and gravel . 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 Shellharbour 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • Please note that dogs are NOT PERMITTED at this event as they are not permitted in the park.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Shellharbour 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 is one of the most scenic courses you will find on the Global parkrun map. Overlooking one of the most popular surf beaches in the area, the parkrun will give the runners and their families and friends a wonderful experience each Saturday morning.
The course is a one lap anti-clockwise that starts by the park’s kiosk and heads slightly north before going down a grass car track to the beach.
Runners will then run along the beach for approximately 300m before heading back to a track that takes them around the eastern side of the lagoon. This also takes the runners up a 20m climb over 300m before it flattens out around the Northern end of the lagoon. The run then descends around to the Western side of the lagoon.
The run then turns right and heads up a vehicle track to the Western side of the park near the park entrance. The vehicle track is approximately 1km long and climbs about 40m.
Runners then follow the inside of the driveway fence remaining on the grass and head back to the finishline near the Kiosk.

Please note that dogs are NOT PERMITTED at this event as they are not permitted in the park.

Facilities

Kiosk, toilet, parking.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts and finishes at The Farm Cafe, located inside "Reflections Killalea Reserve".

Getting there by public transport

Dunmore Railway Station is two kilometres from Killalea.

Getting there on foot

As per the directions by car. The best way to get to Killalea State Park is by car.

Getting there by road

Directions from Sydney / Wollongong: Travel south on Princes Hwy and the first landmark is the Buddhist Temple on the left at Berkeley. This is about 20mins north of Killalea. Keep travelling south and follow the signs for Kiama / Nowra. You will come to Albion Park Rail and see lots of car yards on your left and a small regional airport on your right. As you are leaving Albion Park Rail at a set of traffic lights you will pass McDonalds on the left and a garage on the right. Keep travelling south on the Princes Highway, go under the overpass and then take the "Shellharbour Rd ? Shell Cove, Shellharbour" exit. At the top veer LEFT onto Shellharbour Road, cross to the right-hand lane and at the next roundabout turn RIGHT onto Dunmore Road. Follow this road, go past a school on your right and through a set of traffic lights. Turn LEFT at the next street (you will see a brown Killalea State Park sign and you are now about 4 minutes from the park). You will immediately come to the first of 4 roundabouts you have to go through. To the right is the golf club but YOU MUST TURN LEFT at this roundabout onto Southern Cross Boulevarde. Turn RIGHT at the roundabout onto Killalea Drive. Go past the school (on your left) and you will come to another roundabout. Go straight through this roundabout and over the bridge. At the next roundabout turn LEFT and follow this road until you reach the boom gates. The boom gates open automatically between 4.30am and 7.15pm (winter) and 4.30 and 8.15pm (Summer).

Directions From Kiama: Travel North on Princes Hwy and take the "Shellharbour Rd ? Shell Cove, Flinders, Shellharbour" exit. At the top turn RIGHT onto Shellharbour Road. Go through the first roundabout and at the next roundabout turn RIGHT onto Dunmore Road. Follow this road you will go past a school on your right and through a set of traffic lights. Turn LEFT at the next street (you will see a brown Killalea State Park sign and you are now about 4 mins away from the park). You will immediately come to the first of 4 roundabouts you have to go through. To the right is the golf club but YOU MUST TURN LEFT at this roundabout onto Southern Cross Boulevarde. Turn RIGHT at the roundabout onto Killalea Drive. Go past the school (on your left) and you will come to another roundabout. Go straight through this roundabout and over the bridge. At the next roundabout turn LEFT and follow this road until you reach the boom gates. The boom gates open automatically between 4.30am and 7.30pm. You will need an access pin after hours. The camping area is 1.8 km on the right after the boom gates.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Farm Café - please come and join us!