COVID-19 update:

On Sunday 6 September 2020, the Premier announced Victoria’s COVID-19 roadmap to reopening. Many of the Stage 4 restrictions remain in place but there have been some slight changes. Find out more here.

Harleston Park

Harleston Park playground is now open

Come and check out the speed of the new-and-improved long slide, shoot a few hoops and climb the Wizard's Tower.

Please be aware, there are some minor works continuing as we construct an additional picnic shelter and BBQ area.


Harleston Park is a quiet suburban park with a large playground area renowned for having the 'longest slide in Glen Eira'.  There are facilities for BBQs and small gatherings, as well as open spaces filled with large historic trees, making it an immensely popular Park amongst the Elsternwick community. 


  • BBQ Facilities

  • Dogs – off leash

  • Dogs – on leash

  • Toilets

  • Walking Path

  • Playground

  • Rotunda or picnic shelter

  • Tables

  • Seating

  • Basketball court

How is COVID-19 impacting our parks?

Our parks and open space remain open for exercise between the permitted times 5am to 9pm.

Exercise is now limited to two hours per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Two people or a household can meet outdoors for a maximum of two hours for exercise or recreation outside your home, as long as neither of you travel more than five kilometres from your home. Always remember to wear a face covering and practise social distancing.

To find out how the Victorian Government Stay at Home Stage 4 restrictions has impacted our facilities visit our Parks and playgrounds — Stage 4 restrictions page​.


Harleston Park is named after the birthplace of Sir Fredrick Grimwade who built Grimwade House, formerly Harleston House, in 1875.


The playground at Harleston Park features a large and long slide that sits atop a natural hill. It also includes:

  • a climbing mound
  • a variety of other slides
  • a wizard's double tower fortress
  • a sensory maze with feature acorn cubby
  • giant bird's nest swing

A three-point basketball court provides alternative play opportunities, with the running stream water feature adding further character to this park.

Thank you to Sport Australia for their contribution to the three-point basketball court as part of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant.

Picnic shelters and BBQs

There are two picnic shelters in Harleston Park all with access to nearby BBQ facilities.

  • Allison Road shelter- solid roof rotunda with 2 rectangular picnic tables, located adjacent to the acorn cubby house.
  • Seymour Street shelter – solid roof rotunda with 2 rectangular picnic tables, located across from the basketball ring.

Book and reserve a picnic shelter

To apply online you will need to create an account or login. The cost to book a picnic shelter starts at $143.

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 without written consent from us. 

Please note:  A minimum notice of 2 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.

Dog leash information

  • The outer area of Harleston Park, external to the playground and picnic shelters, is off-leash between 6am and 9am.
  • Dogs must be on-leash at all other times within the park. 

Learn more about dog walking in Glen Eira