Some of our services are closed or have different hours on the public holiday before the AFL Grand Final – Fri 29 Sept 2023

Central Gardens is suitable for:

  • weddings
  • picnics
  • end-of-year gatherings
  • celebrations.

It features meandering paths, lush foliage plants and a tropical-style border. The collection of mature trees provides plenty of shade.

The playground is known for its iconic 1960s rocket climbing feature, which was restored in 2022.

You can book a grass area in the garden for your exclusive use.

We require between 5 full business days and 8 weeks' notice, depending on your booking.

You can apply to bring up to 20 chairs and 2 tables for events. You can't bring a marquee, arbour or other shade structure.

For more information about what you can and can't bring to outdoor events at our venues, visit our Outdoor event requirements page.

For more information about the gardens, visit our Central Gardens page.

Public facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Seating and tables
  • Toilets

Public facilities are free for all park visitors to use. They are not included as part of a booking.


Up to: 100 people

Parking and transport

Street parking is available on the adjacent William Street and Henry Street. The gardens are within easy walking distance of Glenferrie and Auburn train stations.

Booking times

7 days including public holidays.

April to October: 8 am to 6 pm.

November to March: 8 am to 8:30 pm.


View all bookable spaces

More information

Find out more about fees and bonds on our Fees for open space bookings page.

Visit our Outdoor event requirements page to learn about:

  • permitted and non-permitted items and activities
  • how much notice you need to give 
  • permits and documentation you may need.

For information about wedding bookings, visit our Weddings in our gardens page.

Terms and conditions

Before booking a space, please read our Terms and conditions of hire.

You will need to provide other documents and permits if you're hiring vendors such as food truck sellers or children's entertainers.

If a vendor is supplying any equipment, they need to provide public liability insurance.

Contact us

If you have any difficulties using our online booking portal, please contact us on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

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