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Hopetoun Gardens

Hopetoun Gardens is one of Glen Eira’s most popular parks mainly due to its trees and gardens. The extensive gardens are home to several significant trees, including oak, laurel, wild plum, magnolia and chestnut. With a playground, bandstand, picnic facilities and extensive green space, it has something for everyone.


  • BBQ Facilities

  • Dogs – off leash

  • Dogs – on leash

  • Toilets

  • Walking Path

  • Playground

  • Tables

  • Seating

  • Bandstand

On 31 July 1909, hundreds of people braved the cold for the official opening of Hopetoun Gardens. Park designer Thomas Pockett landscaped it with a central feature, pathways, ornamental plantings, lawns and irregularly shaped flower beds. The park's bandstand comes from the old Elsternwick Railway Reserve, and the two cannons, along the Glenhuntly Road frontage, were manufactured in England in 1866. The cannons at Hopetoun Gardens are two of only twenty five made and were installed at Hopetoun Gardens in 1910.


The playground is great for younger children and includes:

  • slides
  • swings
  • education boards
  • springers and spinners
  • small train
  • shade sail over part of the playground for protection from the sun

Bandstand and BBQs

The bandstand is located near the playground, providing an elevated platform to the gardens below. There are BBQ facilities and picnic tables on the other side of the playground for picnics.

Book and reserve the Bandstand

To apply online you will need to create an account or login. The cost to book a picnic shelter starts at $145.

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 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.

Dog leash information

  • The northern end of Hopetoun Gardens (Glenhuntly Road end) is off-leash between 6am and 9am, and on leash outside of these times.
  • The southern end of the park below the Bandstand is on-leash at all times. 

For more information, learn more about dog walking in Glen Eira.