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As per the Premier’s announcement on Tuesday 7 July, we have been directed to move back to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. Find out more about how this will impact Council services in our COVID-19 services update.

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?

For the continued good health of our community and as a measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will:

  • Not be accepting bookings for groups of more than 20 people (this will be reviewed on the 22nd June 2020).
  • Lawn bowls equipment at Packer Park will not be available for use.

Our playgrounds, outdoor gyms, skate park, netball courts, basketball hoops are now open and sportsgrounds are open to approved sports clubs. People should not gather in groups of more than 20, and stay 1.5 metres apart from others where possible.

Note: Playgrounds will now be included in Citywide’s Working for Victoria cleaning blitz which is funded by the State Government. We strongly encourage the community to still take their own precautions and practice safe hygiene. For further information on the cleaning blitz, visit Citywide's website.

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 $140.

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