Canberra, Australia

Lake Tuggeranong

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Canberra hosts its own Parkrun — a free weekly 5k — at Lake Tuggeranong in the south of the city. The entire lake has a loop around it that makes a nice longer run (about 7km), but an out and back on the bike path in southern section of the lake is the designated 5000 meter course. The terrain is a mix of tarmac and gravel, so expect some mud puddles after rain, but otherwise it’s fairly flat, easy going with nice views of the water. A good starting point (and the official race start) is at Tuggeranong Town Park. From there, you can follow the bike path south-east along the foreshore, under the Soward Way bridge, and across the footbridge. The race course continues northwest along the shore before turning around at the bridge, but if you’re feeling up to it, you can continue north around the lake and return to the Town Park via the loop path.

Essentials
  • 7km (4.3 miles)
  • 20 meters (65 feet)
  • Tuggeranong Park
  • Busses run to Pittman Road in nearby Tuggeranong