Shopping centres

There are an abundance of cafés and restaurants at Kew Junction and Harp Village shopping centres, while everyday needs are met by fresh food shops, fashion boutiques and a variety of service businesses.

There are several bus and tram options to get these shopping destinations. See the Public Transport Victoria website for services, timetables and journey planner. There is also plenty of parking off High Street.

Other shopping destinations in Kew and Kew East include:

Parks and gardens

Alexandra Gardens

These are magnificent Federation-style gardens located on Cotham Road, Kew. Created in 1905 and named after Queen Alexandra, the park covers 1.5 hectares. Alexandra Gardens is designed in a formal style, typical of the early 1900s and features large specimen trees, sweeping lawns, garden beds and herbaceous borders, with a delightful ornamental pond and rotunda. 

The rotunda is popular for wedding ceremonies, christenings and other function. It was built in 1910, refurbished in 1988 and again in 2000. Within walking distance of Kew Junction shopping centre and transport links, this garden also features a playground and barbecue area, making it an ideal choice for all occasions.

To book, please email Parks and gardens or phone (03) 9278 4595


Hays Paddock is a large park located in East Kew which can be accessed via Lister Street at the northern end or via Longstaff or Leason streets from the south.

Hay's Paddock is an extensive recreation area consisting of two sportsgrounds which are used for soccer during the winter and cricket during the summer. In addition, an archery paddock sits at the northern end of the park.

However, the highlight of Hays Paddock is the all-abilities playground which sits on the banks of the billabong. The playground was designed to enable children with disabilities and those without to play together. It includes the usual swings and slides, plus a swing with harness, double-width slide, extra wide see-saw, hammock and a spider's web trampoline which ensures fun for all children.

In addition, there are tables and seating for picnics, toilets, barbecue, sand pit with sun-shade and car parking. The whole area has a bushland theme with plenty of seating and shade.

Other parks

For a list of all local parks, please visit the Parks maps and facilities page on the Boroondara website.

Sports grounds

Hays Paddock – Archery

Hays Paddock – North

Hays Paddock – South

Reservoir Reserve

Stradbroke Park – North

Stradbroke Park – South

Victoria Park – North

Victoria Park – South


Other local clubs include: Kew East Basketball Club, Regent Calisthenics and the weekly Studley Park Run.

For more information on sports grounds, please contact phone the Boroondara Sports Liaison Officer on (03) 9278 4444