Suitable for children's play, weddings and social gatherings like picnics.

Central Gardens features sweeping lawns and an outstanding collection of majestic trees. This makes it ideal for capturing beautiful event photos. 

The iconic rocket tower in the playground is also a big draw for children.

Public facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Playground
  • Seating and tables
  • Toilets


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

  • swings
  • monkey bars
  • a merry-go-round.


32 Henry Street, Hawthorn 3122

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.

About the gardens

Central Gardens opened in 1900 and was designed in a formal period style. Located in the heart of Hawthorn, the gardens are popular with residents, students and visitors to Hawthorn Community House. It is known to many as 'Rocket Park'.

Central Gardens has an outstanding collection of majestic, mature trees surrounded by sweeping lawns. These garden 'rooms' offer great photo opportunities for events. Meandering paths, lush foliage plants and a tropical-style border are also highlights.

The iconic 1960s rocket, which features in the Central Gardens playground, was restored in 2022 to improve its safety, structure and look for future generations.

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