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Yalukit Willam (formerly Elsternwick Park) Nature Reserve

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

We are creating an extraordinary future for this magnificent reserve, establishing 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

A plan for our natural oasis

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

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Current works

Construction and landscaping of the Chain of Ponds is nearing completion (June 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 Yalukit Willam 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 former Australian Government has contributed $6 million contribution to the implementation of the masterplan in January 2022. The new Australian Government has pledged $11.7 million towards the implementation of the masterplan and works on 

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