On-leash Dog Walking Area | Passive Reserve | Park and Garden
The central feature of Canterbury Gardens is the iconic ornamental water fountain. Sculptural eagles are a reminder of how Eaglehawk got its name.
The gardens are also known for their extensive Dahlia collection and colourful annual displays.
The meticulously planted ornamental garden beds feature a wide range of heritage era plants combined with more contemporary selections. The original layout featured a symmetrical layout of seven circular and oval beds. Three of these remain in the south-west end of the garden.
Some of the original plantings still remain including palms, pines and the iconic Lebanese Cedar in the centre of the garden.
The ornamental iron fence and gates in Sailors Gully Road were a gift from the family of Cr Brown who died before reaching his term of office as mayor. They date from 1912 and were manufactured at Agnews Austral Foundry Eaglehawk.
Canterbury Park was first proposed in 1870 when 5 acres of land adjacent to the Eaglehawk Creek were set aside as a reserve. This area was later increased to 35 acres and a tender was let out for formation of the gardens in 1873. It originally contained a fernery (1882), a rotunda (1890) and a conservatory (1890). An aviary was also sited in the gardens and council records show that during 1891 and 1892 eagles, kingfishers, parakeets, ibis and hawks were donated for display.
A copy of the original rotunda has been constructed in the Dr Catford Memorial Park in High street Eaglehawk and the fountain (a gift from Mayor Kirikwood in 1882), which was originally in the fernery is now a central feature in the circular garden beds facing the main entrance.
Eaglehawk Open Space Precinct Master Plan
The master plan covers several key areas of open space within the Eaglehawk area including Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury Oval, Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb. Find out more about the Eaglehawk Open Space Precinct Master Plan.