Cooper Reserve is suitable for medium-sized social events such as picnics and celebrations.

It features a fully-fenced playground and lush open spaces which overlook the sportsground.

You can book a grass area in the reserve 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
  • a marquee or arbour covering up to 20 square metres.

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

Public facilities

  • Drinking fountain
  • Off-lead dog area
  • Parking
  • Playground (fully-fenced)
  • Seating and tables
  • Toilets including an accessible toilet

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


Up to: 50 people

Parking and transport

The car park is off Granville Street. 

The reserve is 2.2 km from Hartwell train station.

Booking times

7 days including public holidays.

April to October: 8 am to 6 pm.

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


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Booking information

Booking fees

Fee type Fee
Alexandra Gardens, Canterbury Gardens, Surrey Gardens booking fee$159 per hour (includes exclusive use of the rotunda)
Central Gardens and Maranoa Botanic Gardens booking fee$159 per hour 
All other parks and gardens booking fee$159 per 4-hour block
Event bondminimum $200

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

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions of hire before booking. 

Visit our Outdoor event requirements page to learn about:

  • permitted items and activities
  • notice periods
  • permits and documentation you may need
  • third party vendor requirements.

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

Visit our Weddings in our gardens page for information about wedding bookings.

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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