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Fawkner Park

Fawkner Park, located in South Yarra, remains largely unchanged from its original design of 1875 with formal pathways, avenues and lawns. The park also features Art Deco sporting pavilions, sports fields, and paths lined with Moreton Bay figs, elms, poplars and oaks.

A park with autumn trees and golden light

Fawkner Park extends from Toorak Road in the north to Commercial Road in the south. This area was a camping ground for local Aboriginal groups, and it continues to be an important place for current Traditional Custodians.

The 41 hectares of Fawkner Park was first reserved in 1862 and the park was named after Melbourne's co-founder, John Pascoe Fawkner.

This park has a big sporting history – in 1862 almost every popular sporting activity was held here. Summer weekend cricket matches have an English 'village green' atmosphere, with spectators making use of the free on-site barbecues and picnic areas.

During World War II, an area of Fawkner Park was used by the Defence Department. Current softball competitions are an enduring link to wartime activity and the presence of American servicemen. After the war, the buildings were converted to a transit camp for migrants which closed in 1955. 

Things to do

  • Visit three different children’s playgrounds – the one in the centre of the park was designed especially for toddlers.
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park and admire the flowers along the western shrub bed. Or be more active by joining one of the many sporting clubs or watching weekend sporting matches, including quidditch.
  • Have a barbecue or picnic beneath one of the large shady trees.
  • Let your dog enjoy a run off-leash in the designated off-leash areas.
  • Play tennis at the Fawkner Park Tennis Centre and afterwards enjoy a coffee in the adjacent café. 


Fawkner Park North East Playground is close to Toorak Road. This popular playground has multi-level platforms, climbing and balancing options, slides and a track ride.

Fawkner Park South East Playground is a large playground surrounded by open, green space and is popular with children of all ages. Features include swings, slides, rockers, sandpit and spider-net climber. There is also a basketball nearby.

Fawkner Park Toddler Playspace is situated beneath beautiful spreading shade trees and surrounded by open, green space. This playground is perfect for toddlers and features a sandpit, musical steps and sensory garden. 

For more information, see Playgrounds.

Dog off-leash area

Off-lease map of Fawkner Park

Sports grounds

Summer season sports grounds for hire include cricket, softball and touch football. Summer season sports grounds for hire include Australian rules football, rugby, soccer, softball and touch football.

For more information, see Sports grounds and facilities.

Designations, policies and plans

How to get there

​The number 58 West Coburg to Toorak tram stops at Fawkner Park.

See PTV journey plannerOpens in new tab for more public transport information.

Fawkner Park

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.