Local aussie rules game being played on JL Murphy Reserve

Facilities and features

  • BBQs
  • Benches
  • Community garden
  • Dog off-leash
  • Free parking
  • Paths
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
  • Public transport
  • Running
  • Shade trees
  • Sport and recreation

Other information

JL Murphy Reserve is the largest Council-managed park in Port Phillip. It is often used for active sport and can also be used for a broad range of informal recreation activities. It features:

  • Two football or cricket ovals
  • A baseball diamond
  • One full size and one half size soccer field
  • Multiuse half-court with line marking for basketball and netball
  • A soccer, football, cricket and baseball pavilion
  • Playspace 
  • 'Dig In' Community Garden
  • Open grassy recreation areas
  • Onsite depot for storage and recycling water


Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne


JL Murphy Reserve can be accessed from Williamstown Road, Graham Street, and Plummer Street in Port Melbourne.

There is a driveway with a drop-off zone and two accessible parking bays in front of JL Murphy Pavilion on Williamstown Road.

Getting there


Bus routes 232, 235, 238 and 606 pass JL Murphy Reserve along Williamstown Road.


Free parking is available around the perimeter of the reserve, check local signage for specific parking restrictions.

Download the Travel Smart Map of Port Phillip (PDF 2.5 MB).

Groups based at JL Murphy Reserve

Community clubs and groups located at JL Murphy Reserve include Dig In Community Garden, Port Melbourne Soccer Club, Port Melbourne Colts Football Club, Port Melbourne Cricket Club, Port Melbourne Baseball Club, MCCX Cricket Club and Middle Park Football Club (Juniors).

For a schedule on JL Murphy Reserve's sports ground use, visit Sporting reserves and grounds.


Dogs can be off-leash throughout the reserve, though no dogs are permitted within 5 metres of the playground and picnic areas. Penalties apply.

Parking restrictions may apply in the surrounding roads and streets. Please check the parking signs for full details.

Contact us

Our Parks Team is here to help.

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Phone: 03 9209 6777