St James Park sportsground is suitable for AFL and cricket while park benches and sloped grass offer great viewing areas.

It features: 

  • a boundary fence 
  • a turf cricket pitch (cricket season only).

The sportsground perimeter is 390 m.

Sportsground lighting and the turf pitch are not available for casual bookings.

All bookings require a minimum notice of 5 full business days.

For 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 this park, visit our St James Park page.

Public facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Off-lead dog area
  • Playground
  • Seating and tables
  • Toilets

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


Up to: 120 people

Parking and transport

There is limited parking on Wood Street and Denham Street. The park is 450 m away from Hawthorn train station. 

Booking times

7 days including public holidays.

April to October: 7 am to 6 pm. 

November to March: 8 am to 8 pm.


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Booking information

Bookings fees

Casual sportsground booking: $69 per hour.

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.

Read our Outdoor fitness training guidelines if you are booking a sportsground for outdoor fitness training, 

We may need to close a sportsground at short notice if harsh weather affects the condition of its surface. For example, if a sportsground becomes flooded, we will close it until it dries.


  • Studs and boots are not allowed on our sportsgrounds for casual bookings
  • No golf activities are allowed on any of our sportsgrounds.

Casual sportsground bookings do not include:

  • line marking services
  • access to power.

Contact us

For help with making or changing a booking, call (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

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