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Garden City Reserve

Facilities Checklist

Opening Hours

The flying fox is available to use during daylight hours and is locked overnight.


Google Map -
Garden City Reserve

Melways Reference 56 K2

Garden City Reserve is bordered by Beacon Rd, Crichton Avenue, Tucker Avenue , Clark Street and Poolman Street in Port Melbourne. Park paths entering the reserve are accessible from all street frontages. The playground is located in the corner section bordered by Beacon Road, Crichton Avenue and Tucker Avenue.

Getting There

Bus  - The 250 and 251 bus directly pass Garden City Reserve via Howe Pde, Tucker Ave, Poolman St and Swallow St.   Bus routes 232, 235, 238, 606 travel along  Normanby Rd.

Community Bus - The free Port Phillip community bus directly passes garden city reserve via Beacon Rd and tucker avenue – for more information visit the Port Phillip Community Bus webpage

Tram - Light Rail – 109 – walk along Swallow Street west toward Garden City Reserve.

Parking – Ample parking is available the surrounding streets and roads, check signs for local restrictions


Facilities / Features

• Large playground
• Accessible park paths
• Bench seats
• Picnic tables
• Large grassy reserve
• Dog off leash area

*Please note that there are no toilets or BBQ located at the reserve.


The playground is located in the corner section bordered by Beacon Rd, Crichton Avenue and Tucker Avenue.

The features include :
A Large play structure formed to resemble a dragon that includes -
• A small slide
• Rock climbing wall
• Ornate bench seating
• Peek-a-boo holes
• Art elements such as the mosaic eye

In addition, the playground also features

• A flying fox ( unlocked during daylight hours )
• Tea cup spinner
• Chain walking bridge
• Natural play elements such as logs and rocks to clamber on
• Dual swing set for older kids
• Junior swing set for toddlers
• All abilities bird nest swing
• Wide wave slide
• Toadstool wooden play sculptures

The Sandridge Trugo Club and Hobson’s Bay Dog Obedience Club are located in the eastern section of the reserve.


Dogs are permitted off leash though no dogs are permitted with 5 metres of the playground, penalties apply.

The flying fox is locked in the evenings and is available to use during daylight hours.

Parking restrictions may apply in the surrounding roads and streets, please check the parking signs for full details or call ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777 for specific parking information.


Garden City Reserve is one of the largest recreational parks in Port Melbourne. It can accommodate a range of activities including cycling, soccer, dog walking, trugo games, picnics and adventurous play in the playground.  An extensive shared path network facilitates easy passage across the reserve and a sustainable lighting system illuminates the paths at night.

Hundreds of native and exotic tree plantings and numerous indigenous garden beds add to the aesthetic character and biodiversity of the reserve and attract large number of birds.

Contact Park Services

Telephone : (03) 9209 6777
Email :
Mail : Parks Services, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag No. 3, St Kilda PO VIC 3182
Use e-Services to ask us a question, request information or give us feedback online.