Central Gardens is suitable for weddings, picnics, end-of-year gatherings and celebrations.

It features meandering paths, lush foliage plants and a tropical-style border. The collection of mature trees provides plenty of shade.

Central Gardens is also known as 'Rocket Park' as the playground is known for its iconic 1960s rocket climbing feature (recently restored in 2022).

You can book a grass area in the garden 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 for events. 

You can't bring a marquee, arbour or other shade structure.

For more 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 the gardens, visit our Central Gardens page.

Public facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Drinking fountains
  • Playground
  • 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.


100 people

Parking and transport

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.

Booking times

7 days including public holidays.

April to October: 8 am to 6 pm.

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


The playground at Central Gardens has a number of accessible features, including a variety of swings for young and old, a water-play zone, shade canopies and paved pathways between play items suitable for users with limited mobility. 

The gardens also have a wheelchair-accessible drinking fountain.


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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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