Warrnambool parkrun

Orientation

Warrnambool is a town around 160 miles west of Melbourne. Warrnambool parkrun takes place at Lake Pertobe Adventure Park, just south of town. The park is accessed via Pertobe Road, which runs between Lake Pertobe and Warrnambool Bay. The park is signposted and there is plenty of free parking.

Warrnambool
Warrnambool

Facilities

Parkrun takes place at 8 am in Australia, so it was still a little dark when we arrived at Lake Pertobe. The start/finish area is close to the car park and near to toilets and a covered area where we were able to leave clothes etc. There are even barbecues if a breakfast barbie takes your fancy. There is post run coffee at the nearby Beach Kiosk Cafe, but we had to make a swift departure to fit in a shower before our hotel checkout time. We did, however return to check out the park and nearby bay later.

Lake Pertobe
Lake Pertobe

Course

The course is a out and back loop which follows the east shore of Lake Pertobe, then joins Lake Pertobe trail, before you do a U turn and return to the start.

Warrnambool parkrun Strava
Warrnambool parkrun Strava

Terrain

The course is mainly a combination of grass and gravel trails.

Warrnambool parkrun start/finish area
Warrnambool parkrun start/finish area

Difficulty

It’s fast, flat course so fairly easy, just a couple of bridges and a U-turn to negotiate. Total elevation is 21 metres.

Warrnambool parkrun on Lake Pertobe trail
Warrnambool parkrun on Lake Pertobe trail

Fun Factor

It’s always fun to run a parkrun as a guest in another country. We were made to feel very welcome. And the scenery of beautiful Lake Pertobe and its abundant birdlife is an added bonus.

Spoonbill at Lake Pertobe
Spoonbill at Lake Pertobe

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