Charles Darwin National Park is a small green gem of a park, and a great place to do some short hill training. The park is located 4 km south-east of Darwin, off Tiger Brennan Drive , below the international airport. It’s popular for the 4 km of mountain bike tracks, flora preservation and war history. There are also 3 km of ‘walking tracks’ that are great for running. Be sure to get to the viewpoint! The best bets for running loops include:
Mangrove Walk (1.6 km) – Explore the mangrove community on this short loop, however it can get muddy so wear suitable shoes.
Service Trail Walk (1.6 km) – Follows the maintenance trail through WWII infrastructure and eucalypt woodland.
You can also run on the road from the park entrance to the viewpoint (~1.5 km), though be aware of cars as there is no sidewalk/shoulder.
Click here for a fact sheet on the park. The park is open daily from 8am to 7pm, entry is free. Note that there can be a lot of insects around sunrise and sunset.