The Bicentennial Park and Esplanade precinct is a must run area in Darwin. We also love incorporating the Waterfront Precinct into this route. Residing between the Darwin CBD and Shoal Bay, manicured green area of Bicentennial Park runs the length of the Darwin waterfront. Start at the southern end of the park at the Cenotaph War Memorial, near the Northern Territory’s Parliament House, and run to the the northern end, known as ‘Doctor’s Gully’. There are wonderful views of the water, and the park is an oasis of green. On the return leg, follow the wide and quiet Esplanade footpath, glimpsing the various cafes and restaurants for a post-run recovery! Bicentennial Park is also the location of a weekly Parkrun.
Waterfront Precinct. The Bicentennial out and back is 3 km. For a longer run, a loop of the Waterfront Precinct adds 4 km. From the Espladade, take the Dameo-Ra Pathway to Jervois Rd. Turn RIGHT on Anchorage Court, following the water to the Cruise Ship Terminal. Then, run along Kitchener Bay to the Recreation Lagoon, past the Convention Center, and then do a jaunt along the Stokes Hill Rd. jetty. Great views! Return by looping around the paths around the marina to Anchorage Court/Jervois.
Add-Ons: Try our Darwin ‘Runseeing’ Tour.
- Bicentennial/Esplanade: 3 km (1.8 miles) out and back; Waterfront Precinct adds 4 km (2.5 miles). Full route is 7.3 km (4.5 miles)
- Cenotaph War Memorial, or other spot in park