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Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve

Council is transforming the former Elsternwick Park golf course into a natural oasis on our city’s doorstep. Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve will bring nature back into our urban area, providing refuge and tranquillity for both wildlife and people.

The journey begins to form a local nature reserve that contributes to the wider environment.

We are planning an extraordinary future for this magnificent reserve, creating a biodiversity refuge for exploration, education and enjoyment by our community. 

A ten year masterplan of works will realise the vision for the reserve.

Key proposed elements include a chain of ponds, expanded wetlands, grassy woodland and visitor facilities. There will also be indigenous gathering places and a gateway feature building. 

The new wetlands and water bodies will improve the quality of water flowing into Port Phillip Bay and provide a diverse habitat, that along with new tree and vegetation will encourage native wildlife back to the area. 

Chain of ponds

Artists impression of the Chain of Ponds

How did we get to this point?

Find out about the process to develop the Masterplan by visiting Council's Have Your Say website

Find out more 

Works planned 

The community will get to enjoy new and exciting open space in Bayside by October 2021 when works on the Chain of Ponds at Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve are set to be complete.

Works commenced in July 2020 and involved the excavation of the ponds and the shaping of the general surrounding landscape.

The final works will involve further detailed landscaping and construction of the new pathways and planting. You will notice the sites landform alter as we continue to shape the Reserve.  

 A small number of weed species or “exotic” (non-indigenous) trees will be removed along the Reserve’s eastern boundary and approximately 30,000 new plants and trees will be planted as the Reserve matures.

During construction, access to sections of the Reserve will be prohibited.


Council is seeking financial and technical support from the Victorian and Australian Governments to transform the former golf course site into a natural oasis with significant benefits for community recreation and enjoyment, flood management, water quality and biodiversity. Find out more about Council's advocacy program.