Booran Reserve was created from the decommissioned Caulfield Service Reservoir and opened in 2014. It has retained many unique elements of the old reservoir, including the perimeter walls, bluestone plinths and central ‘sluice gate’. The art wall around the perimeter walls tells the story of water in a local context, from the tale of Tiddalik the Frog and indigenous people’s connection to the land through to the development of water infrastructure in Melbourne.
The play space features a giant, 10-metre-high double dome rope climbing net with slide. This climbing net is the first of its kind in Australia. The net provides climbing challenges to provide expansive views of the play space and surrounding areas from the highest lookout platform. This viewpoint provides a birds-eye view to appreciate the water theme and patterns within the overall park design.
Other unique play equipment includes:
- a giant bird’s nest swing
- dual flying fox with all abilities access seat
- a 5-way swing
- in-ground trampolines
- an oversized mouse wheel
- imaginative sensory play areas and cubbies
- two-tiered sandpit
- water pump with gates flowing into a rock-lined trickle stream
Smaller accessible paths weave and explore through the playground and among shrubs, plantings and running water. The raised sandpit provides wheelchair access and allows the use of the water spiral and the mini sluice gate.
Water play feature
The water play feature is an exciting play experience that is unique to Booran Reserve. It is popular with both young and old, especially on those warm Melbourne days, and includes:
- a surface splash pad
- water jets which spray water upwards in various patterns and at different times.
The water play feature operates the following times
- October to March, 9am to 7.30pm
- April to September, 9am to 5pm
Please note: The water play feature is an unsupervised facility. While we make every effort to ensure it is operational, there is no guarantee it will be running at all times. As it is sometimes closed for water treatment to ensure the health and safety of all users. The above times are based on daylight savings.
Water play feature rules
For health and safety reasons, please observe the following rules in the water play feature:
- adult supervision is strongly recommended
- no running or rough play
- do not drink the water
- do not use the fountains to clean hands and feet
- do not take food into the water play area
- no glass, sharp objects or pets are allowed in the water play area
- children who are not toilet trained must use swim nappies
- do not enter the water play area if you have had diarrhoea within the last two weeks.
Sustainable features at Booran Reserve
Sustainable features include:
- water storage that captures half a million litres of water and re-uses it for toilets and irrigation
- an integrated C-Bus smart control system used to monitor lighting levels and timers
- LED lighting integrated with sensors and timers to minimise energy use
- sixteen-kilowatt solar panels to deliver 28,700 kilowatts of power per hour
- enhanced biodiversity through the native urban forest which acts as a habitat corridor for native fauna.
Picnic shelters and BBQs
There are two picnic shelters in Booran Reserve that both have access to free BBQ and toilet facilities.
- Picnic Playground shelter – solid roof shelter with two large picnic tables (which can be booked) located next to the playground.
- Water Play shelter – solid roof shelter with two large picnic tables (which can be booked) located directly next the water splash pad area.
Book and reserve a picnic shelter
The full booking fee payment is required within 48 hours of receipt of invoice.
You are required to email us proof of payment if your booking has been approved within 48 hours notice from your booking date.
Equipment such as marquees, jumping castles, petting zoos and BBQs are not permitted.
Due to the popularity of Booran Reserve, there are two seating times for each shelter:
- 9am to 1.30pm
- 1.30pm to 6pm
Applications will not be accepted for booking requests that differ from these allocated times.
Please note: A minimum notice of five (5) business days is required for all bookings (subject to availability).
BBQs are a free communal facility for all users of the park. They are not included as part of a picnic shelter reservation.
The diversity of Booran Reserve means it also features an active sports area located against the eastern perimeter wall. It has markings and facilities suitable for many sports, including basketball, netball, soccer, cricket and tennis.
Dog leash information
Booran Reserve is an on-leash park, which means you must keep your dog on-leash at all times.
Did you know?
- Booran Reserve was created from the decommissioned 1.6Ha Caulfield Service Reservoir. The reservoir was constructed in 1883 and held up to 38 million litres of water – the size of nearly 20 Olympic pools!
- Booran Reserve was built using more than 99% of the old reservoir materials