Playground facilities for use at Garden City Reserve designed around a dragons head

Facilities and features

  • Accessible
  • BBQs
  • Benches
  • Dog off-leash
  • Paths
  • Picnic area
  • Playground

Other information

  • The flying fox is available to use during daylight hours and is locked overnight
  • Large grassy reserve
  • Please note that there are no toilets located at the reserve


Beacon Road and Crichton Avenue, Port Melbourne


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. 

Getting there


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.

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.


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


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

It features 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
  • 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 available to use during daylight hours and locked in the evenings.

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 a large number of birds.

Contact Park Services

03 9209 6777
Post: Park Services, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag No. 3, St Kilda PO VIC 3182

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