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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

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Works planned 

Construction and landscaping of the Chain of Ponds is nearing completion (January 2022).

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.



View the full report to find out what's included in the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve Masterplan.


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.

The Australian Government has announced a $5 million contribution to the implementation of the masterplan in January 2022. This is in addition to a $1million Local Community Roads and Infrastructure (LCRI) grant in 2021.

Find out more about Council's advocacy program.