A hidden gem in the heart of Hawthorn with majestic, well-established trees and excellent views of the city.

Large areas of open space, sportsgrounds, beautiful heritage trees, shaded barbecue areas, walking circuit and terrific views make Anderson Park a great spot for picnics, dog walking, sporting activities or simply enjoying the outdoors.

Anderson Park
Please note: the Anderson Park Community Hub renewal is now underway, due to be completed in mid to late-2023. Auburn South Preschool will continue operating onsite during the works. Limited car parking is available outside the building entrance, and temporary traffic changes may be introduced as needed. The public toilets at the building are closed, but public toilets at the nearby Tennis Pavilion remain open.

For more information, please visit the Anderson Park Community Hub renewal page.


Anderson Park was bought by the Council in November 1911. The 5.6ha block was originally part of a plant nursery known as the Mount Ida Estate.


The extensive playground is set on 3 levels and includes wave slides, climbing walls, a rope walkway and a long flying fox.

Sports and leisure

The 1km circuit around the park is popular with walkers.

Two playing fields are used for sporting activities. Terraced steps around a side of one of the grounds are ideal for watching sport or relaxing.

Anderson Park is also home to:

  • South Hawthorn Tennis Club
  • Auburn South Preschool
  • South Hawthorn Maternal and Child Health Centre.


  • Off-lead dog area
  • Barbecue
  • Public toilets
  • Playground
  • Sportsground
  • Seating and tables


Anderson Road, Hawthorn East 3123

    Hire this venue

    The park is available for hire for weddings, christenings and other events.

    Booking times: 7 days including public holidays, 8am to sunset

    Marquees, arbours and other shade structures: permitted up to 50sqm

    Maximum people: 300

    Chairs and tables: up to 80 chairs can be brought in for events, no restriction on tables

    Portable barbecue: not permitted

    Petting zoo: not permitted

    To find out more or make a booking, see hire a park, garden or reserve.

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