Albert Melbourne parkrun

Free, weekly, timed, 5km run, jog, walk, volunteer or spectate

Albert Melbourne parkrun is a volunteer-led, free, weekly, community event held at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, Australia.

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We are not a race. We welcome people of all abilities and we’re totally free. Run, walk, volunteer or spectate. Come along any (and every!) Saturday at 8am. We always have a huge number of newcomers. Attending parkrun is a great way to meet new people while getting out and active in Melbourne’s most beautiful park.


How to get to Albert Melbourne parkrun

Location of start

The meeting point and finish line is at the Coot Picnic Area, Albert Park, in the BBQ shed directly across the road from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Participants can leave non-valuables at Coot Picnic area (at the owner's risk) to collect when finished.

From Coot Picnic area, participants walk 300m to the Palms Lawn for the briefings and start. The welcome for first-timers and visitors is at 7.50am and the main briefing is at 7.55am. No personal belongings should be left at the start area, the team will not collect them.

From Palms Lawn, the course follows the iconic Albert Park Lake path anticlockwise, finishing at the Coot Picnic Area. The boat shed at the southern end of the lake is halfway. See the map above. There are public toilets at the Coot Picnic Area and at the 4.5km mark. Water fountains are positioned about every kilometre around the course and at the Coot Picnic Area. There are distance markers on poles to the left of the path every kilometre.

Getting there by public transport
It’s easy to get to Albert Melbourne parkrun by public transport. You can catch a single, direct tram from either the CBD or St Kilda.

From the CBD: Take Tram #12 that is heading to St Kilda via Collins St. There are trams that depart Stop 6 (corner of Collins St and Swanston St) at 7.13 am and 7.28 am. The tram travels west along Collins St, heads south along Spencer St and then into Clarendon St. Get off the tram at Stop 130 (corner of Clarendon St and Albert Rd), walk across the road and head directly towards the lake, our meeting point is beside the lake, to the west of the carpark, see map for details. Those two trams will arrive at either 7.28 am or 7.43 am.

From St Kilda: Take Tram #96 towards Brunswick. There are trams that depart Stop 138 (Luna Park/The Esplanade) at 7.22 am and 7.34 am. Get off the tram at Stop 129 (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre/Wright St). Head east towards Albert Park Lake and our meeting point is at the north-western end of the lake, see map for details. Those two trams will arrive at either 7.30 am or 7.42 am.

Albert Park is outside the Free Tram Zone so you will need to buy a Myki card, available at any 7-11 store, train station or at the airport.

Getting there on foot
Enter Albert Park via any of the gates around the park and follow the path to our meeting point, see map. The gate on Albert Rd, opposite Clarendon St is the closest to the CBD.

Getting there by road
Enter Albert Park from the gate on Albert Park Rd, opposite Clarendon St. Paid parking ($5.20, coins or credit cards accepted) is available in the Lakeside carpark. There is some free, on-street parking nearby, try Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St., a 5 - 10 minute walk from your car to our meeting point.

Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post-parkrun coffee: one of the following: Nine Yards (228 Dorcas St, South Melbourne), James (323 Clarendon St, South Melbourne), Carousel Cafe (beside the lake, close to the 1km mark) and Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park). Please come and join us!

Link to Map and Course Information


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Volunteering is fun

At parkrun there’s no obligation to volunteer. However, many people find volunteering at least as much fun as participating.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If you'd like to help, please take a look at the Future Roster page and drop our volunteer co-ordinator an email with the date(s) you'd like to volunteer on. You can also visit our FAQ to learn all about volunteering at parkrun.


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Details of all the roles available at our parkrun each week.


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