Some of our sportsgrounds are closed due to severe weather and poor ground conditions. We are working to make alternative arrangements for impacted sports clubs where possible.

Suitable for weddings, celebrations and other social gatherings like picnics.

Maranoa Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for relaxing and immersing yourself in some of Australia’s most fascinating and unique flora.

Public facilities

  • Toilets
  • Seating and tables
  • Walking track


Parring Road, Balwyn 3103.

There is parking off Parring Road and on Kireep Road.

Public transport

Tram 109: get off at Northcote Ave/Whitehorse Rd. Walk east along Whitehorse Road for one minute then turn left into Kireep Road. Walk for about 4 minutes (300 m) until you reach the gardens.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 5 pm

The pedestrian and carpark gates are locked outside of these times.

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.


Dogs are not permitted within the fenced area of the Maranoa Botanic Gardens.

Bodies of water

There are bodies of water at Maranoa Botanic Gardens.

  • Be aware of shallow water, submerged objects and variable water depths.
  • Children must be actively supervised around water at all times.
  • No diving.
  • No swimming.

About the gardens

Maranoa Botanic Gardens plays a significant role as one of the most diverse botanical displays of Australian plants. It is a rich resource for students, researchers, botanists and nature enthusiasts alike.

Follow the circuit path and discover a collection of around 4,000 native plant species, categorised into major vegetation groups from rainforest to arid zone.


The story of Maranoa Botanic Gardens began in 1901. Mr J M Watson purchased 1.4 hectares of land for a private garden in Balwyn, in which he planted a collection of Australian and New Zealand natives.

In 1922, the City of Camberwell acquired the garden. It was officially opened to the public on the 18 September 1926.

The garden was expanded in 1962 to its current 2.6 hectares. In 2015 the gardens adopted a Conservation Management Plan to guide its management and maintenance.

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