Westgate Park offers a range of attractions and activities within close proximity to the city. Located along the eastern banks of the Yarra River under the Westgate Bridge, the park offers spectacular views to the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline.
Enjoy a picnic lunch with friends or family or cycle along the Yarra River or the Port Melbourne foreshore.
Permits are not issued for the exclusive use of barbecues or picnic areas and open space activities at Westgate Park. Barbecues and picnic areas are free and available for shared use on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unsure whether your activity requires a permit please contact Parks Victoria.
All the plants and animals in the park are protected. Leave the park as you find it. Bins are not provided. Please take your rubbish with you. Solid fuel stoves are not permitted – use a portable gas stove instead. Dogs must be controlled on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your dog.
The area was originally part of the saltmarsh that extended north from the Yarra River up the Maribyrnong River to the present site of Flemington Racecourse. Sand mining commenced in the 1930s and continued for at least a decade. Part of the excavated land was filled with water to form the southern saltwater lake. The remainder of the park was used as a rubbish tip, which operated for 23 years. During World War II an aircraft factory and airfield occupied the site.