Alexandra Gardens were opened in 1905.

Did you know?

Boroondara's leafy suburbs are home to:

  • 209 beautiful parks
  • 13 formal gardens

which cover:

  • 440 hectares.

Residents and visitors can use and enjoy:

  • 102 playgrounds
  • an 18-hole golf course
  • 38 sportsgrounds
  • 57 playing surfaces.

Park maps and facilities

You can download maps and lists of Boroondara's parks and reserves. Use them to plan picnics or find sporting facilities and playgrounds. Take a look at our park maps and facilities page to see how we can help you find your way around Boroondara's open space.

Park bookings and Access fees

Several of our delightful heritage gardens and leafy parks are popular among residents and the wider community for hosting celebrations of all kinds.

The following gardens with their beautiful plantings and established trees provide an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony:

  • Alexandra Gardens, Cotham Road, Kew (Melway 45 C6) is a Federation style garden typical of the early 1900s and features an ornamental pond and rotunda.
  • Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury Road, Canterbury (Melway 46 D11) is an example of the Gardenesque style of gardens from the early 1900s and also features a rotunda.
  • Maranoa Gardens, Yarrbat Avenue, Balwyn (Melway 46 F7) is a botanic garden designed to exhibit the superb flora found in Melbourne and other regions.

Obtain an application form

To ensure the venue you want is available on the day you require and is not already booked, obtain an application form via:

  • email: Parks and gardens
  • phone: 9278 4444
  • For sportsgrounds bookings, please call our Sportsground Liaison Officer on 9278 4444

The appropriate fees for different Bookings are detailed below:



Refundable bond

Community event no fee

upon application 

Formal Garden Bookings

$133 per hour upon application
Park and Reserve Bookings $133 per four hour block upon application
Sportsground casual use $230 per four hour block  
Hot air balloons not permitted   
Permit to erect a large marquee
(100+ sq m) 
$645 (plus booking fee) upon application
Permit to erect a medium marquee
(51-100 sq m) 
$445 (plus booking fee) upon application

Permit to erect a small marquee
(50 sq m)

$260 (plus booking fee) upon application
Park Access $59 per day upon application
Provision of an access key

upon application

Permit to conduct Fireworks $655 (plus booking fee) upon application
Wedding photos no fee

no bond        

 Administration Fee - for processing of refunds and bonds involved in booking cancellations with notice $50  
 Priority processing fee - provision for a dedicated resource to process a booking, event or access application that is submitted with less then a weeks notice $75 (plus booking fee)  

Please note the formal garden, sportsground, park and reserve booking prices listed include - Weddings, Christmas parties, funerals, filming, functions and animal farms

Fees current from 1 July 2016 and include GST.

Sportsgrounds perimeter measurements

This is excellent information for walkers, joggers and runners – find out the perimeter measurements of over 60 ovals in Boroondara. Visit a new sportsground and ring the changes in your exercise pattern by taking on a new distance every week.

Concept masterplans

View our Concept masterplans for improving Boroondara's parks, shopping precincts and other public spaces.