Darling Gardens

Gold Street, Clifton Hill 3068.
Melway ref: 2C, H3

The Darling Gardens Masterplan was developed following public consultation between March 2014 and August 2015.

The plan recognises the aspects of the Darling Gardens which are most valued and protected by the community.

It provides a careful balance between preserving the heritage character of the gardens and introducing minor improvements to enhance the enjoyment and functionality of the park.

The plan can be viewed in full here: pdf format Darling Gardens Masterplan 2015 (2.94 MB)

Playground upgrade

Council is planning to upgrade the playground facilities in Darling Gardens and recently sought community input on the location and design.

This feedback will be considered at a Council meeting in mid-2016 and all submitters will be informed of Council’s decision. Council will then develop a draft concept plan for the new playground and call for final community input on the design.

Council is also establishing the Darling Gardens Playground Design Reference Group to help inform a future decision on the design and location of the playground. Nominations for this group closed on Friday 20 May 2016.

Terms of Reference for the Darling Gardens Playground Design Reference Group are available below.

pdf format Darling Gardens Playground Design Reference Group - Terms of Reference (47.38 KB)

Further information

For further information about Council’s plans to improve the Darling Gardens playground, contact Maggie Lokic, Open Space Planner, on 9426 1427 or at OpenSpace@yarracity.vic.gov.au

About Darling Gardens

Darling Gardens is a peaceful retreat amidst busy Hoddle Street and Queens Parade in Clifton Hill.

Covering 7.2 hectares, the gardens were created in 1866. In the centre of the park you'll find a historic rotunda, as well as a children's playground, barbeque and picnic area.

Darling Gardens has plenty of open space, great for walking, running and playing, as well as shaded and sheltered areas.

Features and facilities

Features and facilities include:

  • Toilets
  • Playground
  • Barbeque
  • Sheltered areas
  • Seating
  • Picnic tables
  • Dog off-leash area Multi Zone.
  • Drinking fountains
  • On street parking


Click here to inquire about park hire.


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Further information regarding hiring of park facilities or park maintenance
9205 5555

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