Let the kids burn off some steam around Canterbury Gardens, Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb. Canterbury Gardens boasts 35 acres of gorgeous historic gardens alongside the Eaglehawk Creek, with some original relics still intact.
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.
Located in the Eaglehawk precinct and developed as a recreation area in 1883, Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb provide a natural wilderness to explore. The path around the lake is sealed and lit at night. Other features include a picnic shelter, boardwalk, tables, chairs, barbecue, skate park and play space.
Dogs can be walked in the reserve on a leash.
Learn more about the history of Canterbury Park here.