About WalkWest

Photos by Jotham Bonett and Kevin Tu

Photos by Jotham Bonett and Kevin Tu

What is WalkWest?

WalkWest is an annual fundraising event comprising of a 2km, 5km or 10km walk or run, which is designed to be fun for the whole family. Each year, the WalkWest Village at Footscray Park, Maribyrnong, is alive with fun and family activities for little kids and big kids alike. While the event participants run or walk to raise funds for Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital, those that remain in the village have lots of things to do to keep themselves entertained. 

WalkWest starts and finishes at Footscray Park. The route runs along the picturesque Maribyrnong River.


2017 Event Times

Event Categories: 2km, 5km, 10km walk or run.  

8am: Registrations Open

8:45am: 2km Walk or run

9:30am: 10km Run first wave (< 60 minutes)

9:35am: 10km Run second wave (> 60 minutes)

9:40am: 10km Walk

9:50am: 5km Run (< 30 minutes)

9:55am: 5km Run (> 30 minutes)

10:00am: 5km Walk first wave

10:05am: 5km Walk second wave

 Please aim to arrive at Footscray Park at least 45 minutes before your start time to avoid disappointment.


WalkWest Village at Footscray Park:

Throughout the mornings activities there will be:

  • Aerobics warm-up
  • Free family entertainment 
  • Post race massage therapy
  • Sausage sizzle and external refreshment providers
  • Face-painting, bouncing castle and other kids activities
  • Water station


WalkWest 2017 Fundraising - Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital


This year funds from WalkWest will support the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital. Due for completion in late 2018, the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be a multi-storey facility with 20 labour delivery rooms, 39 Special Care Nursery cots, 64 women’s inpatient beds, 32 children’s inpatient beds,  four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics. 

The new hospital will consolidate inpatient and outpatient women’s and children’s services at Western Health and will enable more women and families in Melbourne’s west to give birth and access children’s services closer to home.

It will meet the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, with the number of births at Sunshine Hospital expected to exceed 7,000 per year by 2026.

The Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital will be located on the eastern side of the Sunshine Hospital site, in between the Radiotherapy Centre and the Community Based Rehabilitation Centre. 

Please click on the following link to view the latest updates on the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital.