Event Profile

Mt Clarence parkrun

Mt Clarence parkrun is an event that lives up to its expectations. Not only do participants run around the undulating base of Mt Clarence, but there’s a double dose, with Mt Adelaide’s base thrown in too.

Mt Clarence parkrun is situated in Albany, Western Australia.

It launched on August 23, 2014, with 70 finishers and six volunteers.

It has an average of 62 finishers and average finish time of 32:16.

About the course

The course runs around a headland in Albany. Co-Event Director Penny Simpson describes it as “very challenging”, with around 100m of elevation and “virtually no flat bits”.

“But participants are rewarded with stunning views, including whales at the right time of year.

“Our attendance fluctuates seasonally but is often around 100, which we think is a perfect size, and the volunteers and regulars are super friendly.

“We also have lots of walkers and a great relaxed atmosphere.”

How it started

Penny says that Mt Clarence was started by Bill Irving, who is now the Event ambassador.

“He ‘Strava stalked’ me and other Albany runners to drum up interest for the inaugural event.

“We are a long way from any other parkruns and I’m sure most of us had never heard of parkrun in 2014.

“A bunch of us turned up for the first event and were hooked. We have never looked back.”

Penny describes the parkrun as undulating.

“It is a hilly run on paved paths apart from the finish (and currently start – we’ve been on an alternative course for quite some time due to works in the area), which is on the beach.

“We have views over harbours and islands, including Princess Royal Harbour, where Albany’s port is located, and run past a statue of explorer Nicolas Baudin and underneath the National Anzac Centre.

“We overlook King George Sound, from where the first Australian ships sailed to World War I.”

How Penny found parkrun

Mt Clarence was Penny’s introduction to parkrun and since 2014 she has run almost 150 parkruns.

“It took me a while to become a really regular participant because I already had a Saturday morning routine that I was a bit unwilling to give up, but now Saturday is just parkrunday!

“I started volunteering very early and discovered that I love it. I took over as ED of Mt Clarence in 2018 and Suzy Wray, also a Mt Clarence parkrunner from the very first event, joined me as co-ED the next year.

“I live a long way from any other parkruns, but when I have the opportunity I always enjoy trying others.

“I’ve run or walked at 29 locations, including Bushy, which is a definite highlight, and volunteered more than 100 times.

“I also introduced my mum to parkrun. She is a regular at Carine Glades parkrun where she completed her 100th parkrun at the age of 78 and is now close to her 50th volunteer day.

Feel good

“I am just amazed that so much goes on in so many locations in Australia and around the world every Saturday morning, making such a difference to so many people – and it’s all run by volunteers!

“It makes me feel good about the world.”

Visitors to Mt Clarence are either thrilled by the views or shattered by the hills, or both, Penny says.

“Almost everyone loves it and says it’s one of the most beautiful parkruns they’ve done.”

After parkrun they head to Three Anchors, which overlooks the parkrun start and finish and the beach.

“I recommend two things from the menu – the avocado on toast and the tofu gnocchi – and I’m not even vegetarian!”

While at Mt Clarence

“There are so many places to visit! Albany is really lovely. We have gorgeous beaches and beautiful bush, and two mountain ranges, the Porongurups and the Stirlings, close by.

“We’re at the end of the Bibbulmun Track, a stunning long-distance hiking track, and the Munda Biddi, a long distance trail for mountain bikes.

“There are many great day walks, including Bald Head overlooking the ocean and Luke Pen along the beautiful Kalgan River.

“There are very good museums including the modern National Anzac Museum and Albany’s Historic Whaling Station. The views from Mt Clarence, Mt Adelaide and Mt Melville are fantastic.” – Penny Simpson

What’s in a Name

This well-known memorial-bearing mountain in Albany was named after the British Duke of Clarence, who later became King William IV. It has recently been officially joint named with its original Noongar name Corndarup, meaning ‘place of red berries’.

The English name may have been bestowed by George Vancouver in 1791, or by Matthew Flinders in 1801.

Event Profile

Quinns Rocks parkrun

Forget about the quest for a Q, Quinns Rocks is the parkrun to go for the quintessential Western Australia experience.

The coastal parkrun offers visiting dolphins and beautiful stretches of beach on top of the cheery community.

“We are fortunate to belong to a beautiful coastal parkrun that follows a winding path through the bushland close to the beach,” says Quinns Rocks event director Duncan Wild.

“The key aspect that makes our parkrun a great place to spend a Saturday morning has to be the wonderful people: both the runners and walkers and of course our absolutely brilliant volunteers.”

Boutique parkrun

“We are a small parkrun, with numbers ranging from 70-120 depending on the season.

“As we are small, we see familiar faces every week, and also love to welcome new runners and parkrun tourists (travel restrictions permitting of course).

“We are an attraction for the alphabet crew being one of the few parkrun events that begin with a Q.”

Quinns Rocks launched in January 2017, and is the northernmost metropolitan parkrun in Perth.

At the launch there were 245 finishers and 14 volunteers, though the event has an average of 93 finishers.

How it started

Quinns Rocks was started by Shirley and Ben Treasure who wanted an event for their community.

“Shirley and I used to attend Joondalup parkrun with our two young children, which we enjoyed immensely,” says Ben.

“We did not, however, enjoy the 20 minute drive there and back so much!

“We considered beginning a local event and gathered together a group of running buddies to create enough of a volunteer base to give us the confidence to launch a local event.

“Having the support of reliable and capable volunteers was essential to starting and maintaining a parkrun.

“We are delighted the event continues to create a safe and supportive space for people to be together, run, walk and enjoy the outdoors.”

About the course

Duncan says the parkrun, while one that challenge chasing parkrunners may have in their sights for a Q, is not one you would save for a PB run.

“Our course has three hill climbs (and descents) in the first 2km of the run, with up and back hills from the beachside path up to the local access roads.

“The hills are followed by an out and back section, and we then run back past the start line to a second turn around, before returning back to the start and a well-earned pat on the back and coffee!”

“We are often treated to dolphins swimming along the foreshore, and the run ends near Quinns Beach which features a shark net enclosure during the warmer months, making it perfect for an after run dip in the ocean.”

Duncan says first timers who live in the area become regulars thanks to the encouraging community.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that our local first timers come back again and then become our regulars! parkrun tourists say the same when they visit us for the first time, that they love the community feel and the support.

“Sure, the hills are certainly not a massive draw card, however we make up for it with our cheery faces and willingness for a chat and coffee afterwards.

“After parkrun our runners generally head into Portofinos for a coffee. The restaurant is situated right at the start and finish line.

“Portofinos do a mean banana bread, with toasted being the preferred option of course! They also have great breakfast options, and a great range of coffee, teas, milkshakes, cakes, and cupcakes.”

While at Quinns Rocks…

“Simply put, visitors must go to the beach after the run. Quinns Beach, which is closest to the start and finish line, has a shark net for safe swimming, while nearby smaller beaches between sheltering groynes are perfect to visit too.

“You can always find a spot that makes you feel like you’re the only people there.

“Another attraction in the area is the nearby Mindarie Marina where there are pubs and restaurants, plus a boardwalk to amble along.”

What’s in a Name?

In 1867 Assistant Surveyor James Cowle recorded an offshore reef and decided to name it after Robert Quin, his predecessor, who had carried out early surveys of parts of WA near Perth.

In 1925 the Wanneroo Road Board added an ‘n’ when they named the area “Quinns Rocks” while planning a road to that part of the coast.

Event Profile

Edinburgh Oval parkrun

Five other parkruns in the neighbourhood didn’t put off the team behind Edinburgh Oval parkrun.

Since it launched in February 2020 with 322 parkrunners it’s found its stride with an intimate group of 50 parkrunners on average.

Edinburgh Oval parkrun takes place in the grounds of Curtin University, Perth.

Mark Kerr (A830028), founding event director, had been running at parkrun since 2014 and is a Curtin University staff member.

“I guess ALL parkruns are a great place to spend a Saturday morning and I can’t really understand why anyone wouldn’t spend a Saturday morning at parkrun.

“It is awesome to see and welcome familiar faces over a period of time and to slowly get to know them in a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment.

“Also, with a smaller crowd the chance to nab a low numbered finish token can be appealing, as well as the opportunity to tick off an “E” on your alphabet challenge.”

Edinburgh Oval’s origin

Mark says a parkrun at Curtin University had been on his mind for a long time before it got legs due to the grounds and facilities available.

“However, there are five other parkruns within about 6-7km of Curtin and the University was undertaking some extensive building works so I put off the idea until the works would be completed a few years down the track.

“Just as I had put the idea to sleep I randomly bumped into a member of staff from Curtin Stadium and mentioned to her about parkrun and if they had heard of it.

“Amazingly, the topic of parkrun had been raised at one of their meetings a couple of days earlier and she was keen to meet up and explore the opportunity.

“A few days later, I sat down with representatives from Curtin Stadium as well as the Curtin Properties Place Activation team and we set to.”

Photos by Mark Baldwin

“They loved the concept as it fitted perfectly with their goal to bring community onto campus and, amazingly, were very happy to pay the start-up fee in full.

“They also very generously offered for us to utilise toilets, provided a storage locker and signed our landowner permission – we are forever grateful and in their debt.

“I promised to get the ball rolling, got in contact with parkrun and started the process of building an event team.

“Everything fell in to place and from initially putting the idea to sleep in August 2019 we launched with 322 parkrunners and an awesome event team in February 2020.”

The course

Edinburgh Oval parkrun’s main attraction is the Avenue of Trees, an out-and-back section that parkrunners experience twice.

The course is a two-lap out-and-back course around Edinburgh Oval with the Avenue of Trees dog-leg.

“We have four hairpin turns and some sharp corners so it is not a fast course, but we are pretty much pancake flat and finish on an ever so slight downhill section!

“We get feedback on how pretty the course and surrounds are as well as how friendly everyone is, which is lovely to hear.

“We also get plenty of “thanks for my E” from the alphabet tourists.”

Mark’s story

After parkrun the place to go is The Carnaby Café in the Curtin Stadium, but the building works are due to be completed soon offering another café option.

Mark says he’s looking forward to sampling the menu.

Mark got into parkrun after his wife, Ngaio, learned of it. Their first parkrun was at Canning River parkrun in March 2014.

“We slowly embedded parkrun in our lives, around kids sport and other things. In 2016 I joined the Event Team at Canning River where I RD’d for a couple of years.

“I also helped with a few RDs at Shelley parkrun when it launched and built an event team.

“Touring has always been a big part of our parkrun journey and collecting finish token number 500 at Bushy parkrun in 2016 has definitely been a highlight along with completing my 49th and 50th different events in Malaysia and Singapore.

“Obviously travel and parkrun tourism is on pause at the moment, which suits me fine, as we build a new parkrun family at Edinburgh Oval.”

While at Edinburgh Oval

Curtin University has a disc golf course but if you’re more daring why not visit Matagarup Zip+Climb?

This is a climb up to the top of the Matagarup Bridge and an opportunity to zipline 400m across the Swan River.

No visit to Edinburgh Oval would be complete without stopping in at the Manning Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday.

Mark says it is “a wonderful market for just a coffee and wander or to do your weekly shop”.

There are also boat and segway tours and bike hire but if you’re looking for something unique, go for a tour around The Perth Mint.

What’s in a Name…

Edinburgh Oval parkrun is named after the oval the course runs around.

The oval was named in honour of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh for his visit to the Western Australian Institute of Technology’s Bentley campus in March 1971.

The institution is now named Curtin University.

parkrun names

What’s In A Name: Western Australia

What’s the origin/meaning of our parkrun names?

Thanks to Ian Kemp for compiling these.

If you spot a parkrun without a listing and you can help please get in touch at runswithabarcode@gmail.com.


The suburb of Applecross was named by one of the early land grant owners, after the Applecross Peninsula on the NW coast of Scotland.

The Scots location is very isolated, and the name goes back about 1300 years, based on the Pictish name Aporcrosan, meaning a junction of the river Crosan.


The suburb of Aveley was named in 2006, using a name for the area given by an early land grant owner, after the town of Aveley in Essex, England.

It in turn is a variation on the Saxon name Alvilia which is recorded in the Domesday Book from the early 1000’s AD.

Bayview Road

The parkrun is of course named for the seaward road north of Karratha where the parkrun happens.

The name was allocated in 2015, when the plan was developed to link Balmoral Road with Searipple Road, and approved in 2016.

The existing Balmoral Road took on the name of the new bit, but the name Searipple was retained for the eastern part following an objection from a local business.

The name Bayview was the second choice of the council, but was adopted after the first choice, Nikol Bay Road, was rejected by the state Geographical Names Board, who didn’t want two words to be used for some reason.

Bibra Lake

The name of Bibra Lake was adopted in 1967 based on the name of an early European Landholder Benedict von Bibra, who had bought land there in 1843.

Bibra’s name in turn is an aristocratic German family name which was first recorded in 1119. They had a lot of power and influence in what is now central Germany, but I don’t know why Benedict came to Australia.


Bunbury parkrun is of course named for the town, which was founded by Lieutenant Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, who opened up an overland route to the spot from Pinjarra in the early 1800’s – but he did not settle or live there.

Bunbury was from an aristocratic English family, and the name derives from a place in NW England, which was listed in the Norman Domesday book as Buna Burh (Castle of Buna).

Burswood Peninsula

Burswood was named by the first English landholder Henry Camfield (which also explains the name of the road and the pub adjacent to the course), after his father’s farm Burrswood, which was near Groombridge in Kent.


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Canning River

Canning River was named by Capt James Stirling, after a tour in 1827.

It was named for George Canning, the British Prime Minister at the time, who arranged the funds for Stirling’s expedition.

His father was from Ireland, so the name may have originated from the Irish “Cannan” meaning Wolf Cub. Of course the river already had a name, early French explorers named it Moreau, after one of their crew, and apart from that the Nyungar name is Djarlgarra.

Carine Glades

The name came from the Big and Small Carine Swamps that delineated the area, which was earlier part of Hamersley Estate – owned by the migrant Hamersley family.

Maybe one of them named the swamps, after someone with the French first (female) name Carine?

Champion Lakes

The name was made up in the year 2000, for the proposed water recreation centre based around Wright Lake in the City of Armadale.

The rowing & regatta centre in the Champion Lakes regional park was opened in 2007, and the name has also been used for the residential real estate area near the centre.

Claisebrook Cove

Claisebrook Cove parkrun, the first to be established in WA, starts on the site of the old East Perth Gasworks – this site and surrounding industrial areas were redeveloped as residential, commercial and parkland in the early 2000’s.

The name has morphed from the English name for the stream “Clause’s Brook”, bestowed in the 1827 tour up the river by Capt James Stirling. Frederick Clause was a naval surgeon who was present on Stirling’s tour, but his memory was lost as the name schlepped into Claise Brook in the mid 1800s.

Collie River Trail

In 1829, the Collie River was ‘discovered’ by the crew of the survey ship HMS Sulphur, which explored the area after bringing British Troops to the Swan River colony.

The river was named after the ship’s surgeon Dr Alexander Collie. The Collie River Trail was recently upgraded as part of a network of walking and cycling trails around Collie


Governer Broome named Cottesloe in 1886, after Baron Cottesloe, aka Thomas Fremantle, the elder brother of Captain Charles Fremantle whose name will be familiar in WA.

The English name itself has been tracked back to 1086, being derived from the Saxon name for a place in Buckingham in England, Cota’s Lau (Cota’s Hill).


Dawesville is named after Louis Dawe, a South Australian tinsmith who initially worked at the Peel Inlet Preserving (Canning) Works.

In 1913 he built his own fish cannery and a homestead “Allandale” at what is now Dawesville.

Edinburgh Oval

Edinburgh Oval parkrun is named after the oval the course runs around.

The oval was named in honour of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh for his visit to the Western Australian Institute of Technology’s Bentley campus in March 1971.

The institution is now named Curtin University.

Garvey Park

Garvey Park was named after Thomas Laurence Garvey, Councillor from 1911 and later President of the Roads Board, who was responsible for the development of the park.

Previously it was known as Redcliffe Park then East Belmont Recreation Reserve. Despite being named Garvey Park in 1923, it was not officially gazetted until 1983.

Geographe Bay

The bay was named in 1801 by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin, after his ship Géographe (Geographer).

He arrived on a scientific expedition bankrolled by Napoleon Bonaparte, with two ships (the other being the Naturaliste (Naturalist)).

The expedition is responsible for a number of French place names scattered along the South West coast.

Hampton Oval

The port of Dampier was established in 1963 by the Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd.

The company town soon followed, named for the British seaman William Dampier, who arrived in Australia 80 years before Captain James Cook.

The sports oval is named such because it lies next to Hampton Harbour.

The name Hampton comes from Old English and means simply home settlement.

It is a common part of place names in England, and the link with Dampier is out there somewhere.

Heirisson Island (since closed)

The island was named after midshipman François-Antoine Boniface Heirisson, a crew member of the Naturaliste (see ‘Geographe Bay’). Members of Baudin’s expedition mapped the lower Swan river and gave the island its current name.


In 1884 Thornlie Park, including the homestead, was established on land owned by the now-famous Walter Padbury. It was farmed by Frank and Amy James (Amy was Walter’s niece), whose work involved experimentation on what crops were right for the area. Some of the olive trees they planted survive in the park, along with the ruins of the homestead itself, which was destroyed by fire in the 1970s.

After that the whole area degraded and became choked with introduced weeds.

It was rehabilitated and made into a park starting in 2012.

The name Thornlie was used for the surrounding suburb and was originally bestowed by James as a re-use of the name of a business house in Madras (India) run by Frank’s grandfather.

Kadina Trail

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The name of the first of the twin cities probably comes from the Wangkathaa word ‘Karlkurla’ which is the name of a plant called ‘silky pear’ in English. The name Boulder is carried over from an early mining lease called ‘the Great Boulder” because the mining lease contained a number of, yes boulders, containing small stringers of gold.


A number of ideas were put forward to name the new town built for the Ord river irrigation project, and in 1960 the name Kununurra was settled on, and the town was gazetted in 1961.

The originally spelling Cununurra was changed due to objections from the Postmaster General that it was too similar to other town names in Australia.

The name is probably derived from Goonoonoorrang (or Gananoorrang) which was the name used for that part of the Ord river in the Miriwoong language

Lake Joondalup

Perth’s largest freshwater lake nearly retains its Noongar name Doondalup, which means something like ‘glistening place’.

The city of Joondalup was named after the lake, when the authorities decided to develop a number of sub regional centres away from central Perth.


Manjimup is the Noongar word meaning ‘Manjin place’, the Manjim being a broad leafed plant with an edible root.

An early settler, J Mottram, named his property Manjimup House in the 1860s, and in 1863 the name of a local brook was officially recorded as Manjimup Brook by the surveyor Thomas Treen.

The townsite was officially gazetted in 1903 as Manjimupp, but changed back to Manjimup in 1911.

Margaret River

The river was supposedly named in 1831 by early settler John Bussel (founder of Busselton) after his step-second-cousin Margaret Whicher.

The name appears on a map of the region made in 1839. The first British settlers arrived in the 1850’s – including John Bussel’s brother Alfred and his wife Ellen, most engaging in farming and logging.

The townsite was established from 1919 to 1920, and the big historical turning points of course were the planting of the first commercial vines in 1966, and the establishment of a professional surfing competition in 1985.


The Batavia Coast Marina in Geraldton was opening on 25 Feb 1995, and was the result of planning and construction starting in 1987, after closure of the Westrail marshalling yards at the site.

From the start, the Marina was planned to be not just a mooring facility, but to include a motel, housing and retail.

The precinct also includes parkland and the Museum of Geraldton.

Maylands Peninsula

The name Maylands is thought to have been bestowed by Mephan Ferguson, who established a foundry in the area in 1898 to manufacture the water pipes for the Goldfields Pipeline.

He supposedly named the area after his aunt, or his daughter, each of which was named ‘May’.

The only problem is that the name appeared in print in 1896, in a poster advertising land for sale… before Mephan bought it.

So that theory is probably wrong and we need to look to the Tranby family who held the area from 1830.

The name probably has no connection to the original Noongar name of Wu-rut.


This is undoubtedly a Noongar name relating to the area, but the meaning is in doubt.

Some say it was the name of a nearby well, others that it derives from Moora-Moora meaning ‘good spirit’, and yet others that the name originally meant ‘grandparent’.

Perhaps a grandparent can be a good spirit, and may also be found near a good source of water, too.

Mount Clarence

This well-known memorial-bearing mountain in Albany was named after the British Duke of Clarence, who later became King William IV.

It has recently been officially ‘joint named’ with its original Noongar name Corndarup, meaning ‘place of red berries’.

The English name may have been bestowed by George Vancouver in 1791, or by Matthew Flinders in 1801. The name is based on land around the English town of Clare, in Suffolk.

Mount Helena

This area was once known as White’s Mill, after the White family who built a sawmill in 1882, then later Lion Mill, before being renamed to Mount Helena in 1924.

The name was dreamt up by the Progress Association, based on it having a hill and being near the Helena River.

The river is thought to have been named by Governer Stirling during his 1829 tour, after Helena Dance, the wife of the captain of HMS Sulphur, William Dance (see Collie River Trail parkrun).

Mundy Regional

The name commemorates Mundy (sometimes written ‘Munday’), a man who became an important negotiator for the Whadjuk community.

Mundy was leader of the Beelu aboriginal people at the time of European settlement, a group who used the area as a winter camp site.

The park was established in 1957 as Kalamunda Regional Park, and was given its current name in 2008. The notoriously hilly parkrun started in 2019.

Perry Lakes

The name of the lakes recalls Joseph Perry, who was born in Westminster, London in 1837 and came to Australia in 1842 with his parents and two younger brothers, William and “Cappy”.

He became known as Perth’s “first cowboy”, responsible for managing the City’s cow herds which he grazed between Mount Eliza (Kings Park), Dyson’s Swamp (Shenton Park) and the Limekiln’s Estate at City Beach.

In 1879 he purchased the Limekilns Estate, which included Bold Park and surrounding land, including Perry Lakes.

The property included a vineyard, a slaughter house and horse breaking and stock dealing facilities near the lake.

Port Hedland

Marapikurrinya was officially renamed Port Hedland in 1896, named for the Swedish-born Peter Hedland, who first proposed the area as the site of a port back in 1863.

The port was first developed in the 1890’s, and was significantly improved in 1966 to ship iron ore.

Originally named Lars Peter Hedlund, Peter emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, and made a number of trips to the North West in the boat Mystery that he had built at Point Walter near Fremantle.

Before his death in 1881, he fathered 11 children with his wife Ellen Adams.

Quinns Rocks

In 1867 Assistant Surveyor James Cowle recorded an offshore reef and decided to name it after Robert Quin, his predecessor who had carried out early surveys of parts of WA near Perth.

In 1925 the Wanneroo Road Board added an ‘n’ when they named the area “Quinns Rocks” while planning a road to that part of the coast.


In May 1830, three ships arrived in WA, chartered by Thomas Peel to bring settlers to the colony.

The Hooghly and the Gilmore made it to port, but the Rockingham was blown ashore and ultimately abandoned.

During attempts to refloat the ship, the would-be settlers camped ashore and supposedly named their tent city Rockingham Town.

The name became official with the government survey 1847. Some years later it became the site of a timber port, and thrived until the development of Fremantle Inner Harbour and a rail connection to the south west.


Shelley was approved as a separate suburb in the mid 1960s. It is believed the name refers to shells found on the shores of the Canning River nearby.


This is possibly the only parkrun in WA named after a kiddies’ playground! Shipwreck park was named for the large adventure playground in the middle.

The park and the playground were integral parts of the Stockland land development of Sienna Wood in the late 2010s.

Around that time the developers realised that they needed to include ready-made facilities for young families to make their developments more marketable and attractive to customers.


This is a Noongar name meaning something like ‘place of the digging stick’.

Prior to European settlement there were around 60 families living from the natural resources of the lakes in the area.

The land was parcelled up by surveyors in the early 1800s. In 1844 John Smithies established a disastrous farm funded by the Wesleyan Mission Society, to be worked by aboriginal people.

A town site was gazetted in 1907 and the Yellagonga Regional Park which contains the parkrun(and Lake Joondalup parkrun) was established in 1989.

Whitfords Nodes

Whitford was first named in 1976 as an electoral district for WA state elections, and was first used in the 1977 election for the legislative assembly.

The district was later subdivided but the name lives on in a number of local businesses.

The ‘nodes’ refer to the dunes which participants in parkrun will be familiar with.

Woodbridge Riverside

Woodbridge was the name of a farm established in what was then part of Midland, in 1830, by Captain James Stirling.

He had a small house built there but spent little time at the farm, and leased it when he permanently left the colony at end of his stint as governor in 1839.

The farm was named after Woodbridge near Guildford in Surrey (England), the birthplace of his wife, Ellen Mangles.


The name is a Noongar word for dingo and was named as a possibly more euphonious counter to ‘Dog Swamp’ nearby.

The original European land grant in 1840 gave the land to T. Walters, but it remained undeveloped and came into the ownership of Western Australian Golf Ltd.

Subdivision and settlement happened in the late 1940s, and the area was completely built out by the 1970s.

Fortunately the Yokine reserve was retained and is home to a number of sports organisations including parkrun.