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Greenwich Reserve

The Strand, Williamstown

Features:

Playground
BBQ
Toilets
Bike and walking path
City views
Baseball
Swan and pelican pond

The play ground has a standalone slide, large cube climbing frame with ladders and net on top, four person carousel, see-saw rocker and monkey bars.

Round table with plastic umbrella for shade, near BBQ with a water tap. Set beside the Williamstown Foreshore Bike Trail and close to the water.

Cyril Curtain Reserve

Esplanade, Williamstown

Features:

Off-Leash Area
, Williamstown Cricket Ground, 
Williamstown Lawn Tennis, 
Bike and walking path

L E Burgoyne Reserve

The Strand, Williamstown

Features:

The Strand, Williamstown
Playground
Boat ramp
4th Williamstown Sea Scout
Williamstown Sailing Club
Pier and public berthing
Bike and walking path

Playground has a wooden structure with curved slide, shop front, steering wheel, clock, hanging rope climbing frame, hanging disks, monkey bars, slanted rope bridge, climbing wall and wave slide. Also fish see-saw, pelican springer and swings. Unshaded tables and seats.

Next to Williamstown Foreshore Trail and water. There is also a huge anchor to climb over too!

E W Jackson Reserve

Melbourne Rd and John Liston Drive, Williamstown

Playground is a high and low height wooden structure. The high one has a high curved slide, high chain climbing wall, wooden climbing wall, fireman’s pole, ladder, walkway, horizontal bar and monkey rungs. The lower structure has a small but steep slide, disks on a vertical pole, ladder with square rungs, steps, abacus and balance beam. Also fish springer and swings.

Large earth amphitheatre next to the playground.

K C White Reserve

Features:

Cricket Pitch
Baseball Dugout

W G Gray Reserve

Victoria Street, Williamstown

Rotary Park

Hanmer Street, Williamstown

Features:

Playground
Water Tap

The playground is a colourful red and yellow structure with two slides, high fireman’s pole, rope bridge, steering wheel, tic-tac-toe, clock, steps, shop front, spiral ladder, hanging disks, monkey bars and balance beam. Also two springers and swings.

Located next to the Williamstown Train station and would be ideal to pass a few minutes while waiting for the train.

P G Sadler Reserve

Esplanade, Williamstown

Nice location near the beach with tables and chairs and a playground. Wooden structure has dual large slides, monkey rungs, vertical spiders web, hanging disks, disks on a vertical pole, balance beam, ladder, tic-tac-toe, shop front, scrambling wall, telescope and clock. Also see-saw, swings, horizontal bars and two springers plus a smaller, lower structure with sloping scrambling wall, abacus, curved ladder, steps, shop front and two slides.

Gloucester Reserve

Off-Leash Park

Toilets

Car Park

Fearon Reserve

Esplanade, Williamstown

Features:

Cooking facilities
Toilets
Shelter
Cricket pitch
Sports field
Disabled parking space and wheelchair access

Rifle Range Reserve

69A Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown

Charles Bates Reserve

The Strand, Williamstown

Has a playground with nautical theme! Structure in the shape of a large boat with wave slide, panels, shop front, fireman’s pole, rigid climbing ladder, walkway, telescope and unusual ladder. Speed boat on a rocker and swings.

Hatt Reserve

Esplanade, Williamstown

Features:

Playground
Bbq
Pavilion
Toilets
Water Tap
Bike and walking path

Playground has a wooden structure with very steep wave slide, smaller slide, disks on a vertical pole, tunnel, steering wheel, clock, hanging disks, steeply inclined balance beam, fireman’s pole, scrambling wall and monkey bars. Also springer and swings.

John Morley Reserve

The Strand, Williamstown (at the bottom of Ferguson Street).

Home to The large Armstrong cannons (1864) that were placed in the years after the Crimean War, to repel a possible Russian naval offence. This never came, and the two mighty guns have never been fired in anger.

Commonwealth Reserve

Nelson Place, Williamstown

Features:

Visitor Information Centre
Cafés, bars and restaurants
Playground
Established trees
Craft market – 3rd Sunday of every month
Seating
Rotunda
Drinking taps
Rubbish bins
Toilets

Commonwealth Reserve is located in the heart of historic Williamstown, on the foreshore adjacent to Gem Pier. The Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre is located in Commonwealth Reserve. The park provides great views across a row of yacht masts to the City of Melbourne. It’s a great place to begin exploring Williamstown’s Maritime Heritage.

The park was originally a mudflat adjacent to the Bay, before being reclaimed. The planting style consists of formal avenues of elms.

A number of heritage items are located in the reserve including the Tide Gauge House (formerly at Point Gellibrand) and the Wilkinson Drinking Fountain.

Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve

Can be accessed through ‘the Bay Trail’ as well as limited parking at Rifle Drive and Crofton Drive, Williamstown

Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve is situated eight km from the heart of Melbourne and adjacent to Williamstown, the first permanent settlement in Port Phillip Bay. The Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve consists of open grasslands for passive recreation, two wetland lakes, the salt marsh and mangrove conservation area, Wader Beach and the Kororoit Creek.
The open area to the north of the lakes includes the Bay trail for cyclists and walkers together with seating, playgrounds and native planting’s.

Panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, Point Cook, the You Yangs, Altona and the Bellarine Peninsula can be seen from the reserve on clear days.

The open grassland areas of the reserve connect with the Rifle Range housing estate via its paths, playgrounds and open grassland areas.

Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve is one of a string of conservation sites stretching from the Westgate Bridge to Williamstown, Altona and down to Cheetham Wetlands and Point Cook.

The 50 ha reserve stretches from Bayview Street to Maddox Road, south of Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown.

Access to the site can be achieved by the Bay Trail which has side tracks leading visitors to viewing points at several places in the reserve before it crosses the lower lake in a boardwalk on its way to Altona.

www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Robertson Reserve

Cecil Street, Williamstown

The Elms at the Robertson Reserve are of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobson’s Bay. They demonstrate the early development of the Market Reserve, which was one of the first public reserves set aside in Williamstown and assist in illustrating prevailing attitudes to landscape design of public places during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

History:
The exact planting date of the trees within the Robertson Reserve is unclear. The 1907 detail plan of the area shows street trees in Cecil and Hanmer Streets, as well as trees all around what remained of the old Market Reserve. The Cecil Street and Market Reserve trees were presumably elms. Elms were known to have been used by Council in other locations in Williamstown at this time and they were also popular street trees in urban areas during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

A 1924 aerial view shows the complex with thick tree planting around the school reserve perimeter inside and out, particularly next to St Mary’s, but the market reserve trees appear to have just been planted and are immature or intermittent. This indicates possible replanting at some stage early in the twentieth century (after WW1) or stunted growth from the earlier plan date of 1907.

Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

Located on Battery Road, Williamstown (a contination on from Nelson Place)

Point Gellibrand has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, retrace Ned Kelly’s steps along Battery Road, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower or step back to a time when Point Gellibrand’s piers were the only gateway to a new colony.

Geoffrey Blainey has described Point Gellibrand at Williamstown as an Australian heritage ‘sacred site’, the only other place in Australia comparable with the site of the First Fleet’s landing. Here was the landing place for Victoria’s first white settlers, and Williamstown’s first burial ground (1842) was situated here. Point Gellibrand was also the site of the Southern Hemisphere’s first telegraph station (1854), and the place where Victoria’s navy was established.

There have been other uses for this hallowed ground: bluestone was quarried here by convicts (including Ned Kelly), and busy railway workshops were situated here before the railways moved that function to Newport, further up the peninsula. Much of the bluestone was used as ballast for cargo ships returning to London, and a number of London buildings, particularly in the docks area, are constructed from Point Gellibrand bluestone.

It had a more sombre function too, in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Victorian Colony was not founded on convict settlement, as most of the Australian colonies were. However, Victoria did have an imported convict population, kept on five rotted and filthy prison hulks off Point Gellibrand (1852-1859). During the day the ill-used convicts quarried bluestone from Point Gellibrand. Today visitors to Point Gellibrand can see an anchor reputed to be from one of the prison hulks on display near the Timeball Tower.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Corner Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown

Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, provides a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll along the intricate pathways or just relax and daydream on the cool green lawns.

An easy 10 minute walk from the ferry service in Commonwealth Reserve and just a few minutes from the Williamstown Beach Railway Station, the gardens have good accessibility with firm gravel paths and facilities nearby.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

In a newly developing colony, botanic gardens were established as a way of assessing how well familiar plants would grow, as a place for reliving the English landscape and as a place for social outings and walks.

Today the gardens are a place to enjoy the peace and beauty of a mature formal garden and learn about our horticultural heritage.

The gardens:

Northern section – Formal garden beds, lawns and an ornamental pond;
Southern section – Parker Reserve Pinetum, a collection of Pines trees. A popular shady place for picnics.

The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic,scientific (horticultural) and social significance to the state of Victoria.