parkrun on the Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Sep 2016

Council has brought the global community running phenomenon, parkrun to the Sunshine Coast. Open to everyone, parkrun is a free, five-kilometre timed run (or walk) held every Saturday morning from a local park. On the Sunshine Coast, parkrun is held at five locations:

  • Kawana
  • Golden Beach
  • Brightwater
  • Town of Seaside
  • Nambour.

The not-for-profit incorporated association, parkrun Australia, and the local parkrun sessions are operated by volunteers.

parkrun locations

The first Sunshine Coast parkrun at Kawana commenced in October 2012. Golden Beach parkrun began in February 2014, Brightwater parkrun in October 2014, Town of Seaside in June 2015 and Nambour in November 2015.

Each event has over 100 runners and walkers each week. Runners and walkers of all ages can participate. Participants are welcome to bring prams and dogs. The oldest participant is almost 90 years old.

Program timetable

Location Day and time
Kawana Surf Life Saving Club - Cooper’s Lookout (carpark to the north) Saturday 7.00 am
Woorim Park - Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach Saturday 7.00 am
Brightwater Sports Ground - Corner of Heliconia Street and Cordyline Place, Mountain Creek Saturday 7.00 am
Town of Seaside - Glen Retreat Park on Merchants Parade Saturday 7.00 am
Nambour – Radar Hill Road, Parklands Regional Park, Kulangoor (Bushland trail)
Saturday 7.00 am

To register, or for more information, visit the parkrun website.

How parkrun works

The key to parkrun’s success is the timing technology. Runners register online and then print a barcode that is scanned at the end of each session. This is matched with the runner’s finishing time. All the results are posted online by midday, so runners can compare their performance with their friends' times and against previous times.

Australian venues

There are 204,366 registered Australian parkrunners, with venues in 155 different locations around Australia.

To register a new parkrun event in your neighbourhood, visit the parkrun website.


Founded by British born, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun began in 2004 with just 13 runners in a suburban area of London. The response was overwhelming and what started as a bunch of mates running a weekly five-kilometre timed running event, quickly grew into something much bigger.

Since then parkrun has snowballed to almost 94,551 events with over 1,457,148 registered members worldwide.

Events take place in pleasant parklands, around lush lakes, and along beautiful beach fronts and people of any ability are encouraged to take part.

Australian Tim Oberg was based in London for nine years and was captivated by the emergence of parkrun. He met with founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt to discuss taking parkrun ‘Down Under’ and was instrumental in establishing parkrun in Australia.