The area makes up a really attractive route that is popular with joggers, dog walkers and cyclists - partly because of its water views, and partly because it is a loop track that you can join or leave at any point.
But aside from this, there is another attractive feature of 'the run' - its parks. Many walking routes are nice to traverse but provide few opportunities to branch off from the path altogether to take a break, have a snack and still enjoy views. But in this regard, the Bay Run comes into its own.
Leichhardt Park is probably the best all-round park located right on the bay. It has the best views, spaces to sit along the sea wall and a great exercise area.
This is a popular location for runners to pause and do a little strength training before continuing along the route.
There are toilet facilities here as well and the park is a stone's throw from popular event venue La Montage. This means there is plenty of parking nearby. All that being said, despite the open water views it is not a very picturesque park if you prefer a landscaped feel.
Timbrell Park is one of the better parks along the Bay Run for families. Mostly because it is spacious so works great for kite flying or throwing a ball around. It also has a Livvi's Place play area. There are views of Iron Cove Bay to the fore and the Iron Cove Canal runs along one side. However, it is set back from the bay so the views are not immediate in the way they are in other parks nearby.
There are flat paths that encircle the park making it a really good spot for young kids to cycle safely. There are also toilet facilities on site.
While not really a park, there is a tidy bit of green space on the point with a view of Rodd Island. There is a grassy knoll suitable for having a picnic on the grass, a few picnic tables, and the views of the bay from here are particularly good as they are unobstructed by mangroves - unlike at many at other points along the walk.
You won't find toilets here but this is made up for by the fact that this is one of the best spots to sit in your car and look out at the water views.
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Another fantastic spot for families and much more suited to a more intimate feel. There is charming landscaping with dense flower beds especially spectacular in the spring. There is a swing and a charming little children's play set well covered by thick tree canopy above.
There is a well-maintained toilet block on site. There is also lots of space and because the park is on a slight rise its a nice spot to appreciate the views from a slightly higher position. There is plenty of lawn making this a great spot for throwing a frisbee.
Richard Murden Reserve
While there are no views of the bay from here, the appeal of Richard Murden Reserve is the fact that it sits a little way back from the water and so it doesn't get quite as chilly or windy. An added feature is that it sits on the pretty Hawthorne Canal. The Hawthorn Light Rail station is also located just across from Richard Murden Reserve, allowing for easy public transport access to it as well as to the Bay Run.
The children's play area on the banks of the canal