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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, QLD and run on concrete 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

South Bank 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.
  • 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 South Bank 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 at the Riverside Green and heads south along the Clem Jones Promenade towards the Goodwill Bridge. Cross the Goodwill Bridge, then head straight up towards QUT and into the Botanic Gardens along Central Path. Turn right towards the River, then complete a series of left turns for a small loop inside the Botanic Gardens before going clockwise around the perimeter of the gardens, then back on to Bunya Walk and back towards the Goodwill Bridge. Cross back over the bridge then back along the promenade, finishing back at the Riverside Green.


Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Riverside Green.

Getting there by public transport

Catch a bus, train or Ferry to South Bank, head down to the path along the river, then follow the path until you come to the Riverside Green, which is the park area next to Streets Beach.

Getting there on foot

Follow the path along the river at South Bank until you come to the Riverside Green, which is the park area next to Streets Beach.

Getting there by road

South Bank parkrun is fairly close to the South Bank Piazza which is located on Little Stanley St. There are many paid car parks around, plus plenty of on-street parking around the general precinct.

The underground carpark on Little Stanley St has a deal where parking is $2 if you are in after 5am and out before 10am. To take advantage of this deal, simply insert your ticket into the payment machine, then scan your parkrun barcode under the built in barcode scanner to reduce the parking amount back to $2. Park at the end closest to the Piazza.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local cafe - please come and join us.