Sport and Leisure

Our leisure facilities offer many opportunities to get active in a variety of different settings so we are sure you will find something to inspire you.

Bundoora Park Farm
1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora. VIC.
Phone: (03) 8470 8170

  • Children's Farm
  • Cafe
  • Heritage Village
  • Community Garden Plots
  • Bundoora Golf Course
  • Parklands and Conservation
  • Picnics and Playgrounds
  • Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
  • Bundoora Park Dog Off Lead Area
Bundoora Park is the largest park in the Northern suburbs, and is home to Bundoora Park Golf Course and Coopers Settlement complete with a Children’s Farm and Heritage Village.

Reservoir Leisure Centre

2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir VIC 3073
Phone: (03) 9496 1050

With specialised programs, high class equipment and facilities and friendly, knowledgeable staff Reservoir Leisure Centre is sure to get you moving.
  • Cardio/Fitness Gym with over 40 pieces of Cardio Equipment
  • Qualified Fitness Consultants
  • Free Weights Gym Area
  • 25m Pool/Hydrotherapy Pool/Activity Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna and Spa
  • Creche
  • Cafe/Kiosk Area
Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC)
180 Victoria Road, Northcote VIC 3070
Phone: (03) 9486 7200

The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) has the following facilities:

  • Heated Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Large range of Cardio Equipment
  • Free Weights Area
  • Personal Training Sessions
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Creche
  • Tennis Courts
  • Café
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Spa, Sauna and Steam room

Darebin Community Sports Stadium
857 Plenty Road, Reservoir. VIC. 3073
Phone: (03) 9471 4935

The Darebin Community Sports Stadium has the following facilities:

  • 800 seat show court
  • 4 indoor multi-purpose courts
  • 3 outdoor courts
  • 3 multi-purpose rooms
  • Kiosk
  • Change rooms and amenities
  • Off-street parking for over 100 cars
Darebin Community Sports Stadium is home to an active sporting community who are engaged in a wide variety of passive and active recreational activities.

Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC)
281 Darebin Road, Thornbury VIC 3070

The Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) is home to Bowls Australia, Darebin City Bowls Club, Cycling Victoria and the very popular synthetics soccer pitches managed by Football Federation Victoria.

For booking information regarding the synthetic pitches, bowling greens or the velodrome, please contact the relevant organisation directly.

Northcote Golf Course
143 Normanby Avenue, Thornbury. VIC. 3070
Phone: (03) 9484 6961
Northcote Public Golf Course boasts a challenging 9 hole setup. With 12 bunkers there is plenty of variety to keep your short game at peak as well as the undulating fairways.

Bundoora Golf Course
1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.
Phone: (03) 9469 3880

Bundoora Park Golf Course is located in a well wooded picturesque parkland setting. The fairways and greens look and play well and the course offers a tough golf challenge that stretches just under 6000 metres and has a par 72.

Darebin is home to an active and vibrant community who are engaged in a wide variety of passive and active recreational activities.

Sport and Recreation Directory

To find out what activities are available in your neighbourhood check out our Sport and Recreation Directory. From roller-derby to yoga, gardening to dance, pet clubs to canoeing we are sure there is a club in Darebin that will get you moving!

Club Kit

The Club Kit - A Guide for Sports Clubs in Darebin has been compiled to assist clubs to steer their way through the complexities of club administration.  This kit includes basic information on a range of relevant topics and provides links to other organisations so clubs can easily access more detailed information if desired.

Sports Facility Maintenance

If your club requires assistance with maintenance related to the Council's sports or park grounds or pavilion facilities, please contact our Recreation Liaison Officer and Leisure Services Team on 8470 8888 at . We will ensure your request is responded to as soon as possible and help manage your request with Council's facility and park maintenance teams.

Recovery Grants for Sports Clubs

The Darebin Sport Recovery Grants Program is part of Council’s Community and Local Business Resilience Relief Package in response to COVID19. This year, the program has been combined with the Sports Club Grants (formerly Leisure Minor Works program) to support rebuilding the capacity of local sports clubs and organisations to respond and recover to the impacts of COVID19, ultimately helping to kick start community sport again.

Following the successful first round of the Sport Recovery Grants Program 2020-21 in late 2020, we now offer round two for this financial year. This is a competitive grants program with grants of up to $5000 available to eligible sports clubs and organisations who best address the focuses and criteria outlined in the grant guidelines

The focus areas of this recovery grants program for community sport are:

  • Help the community get back into community sport and recreation, improving our residents’ physical and mental wellbeing, with a focus on inclusion and those facing hardship.
  • Support clubs in rebuilding their financial sustainability and capacity from COVID impacts to deliver sport activities again.
  • Help clubs to deliver a COVID-safe place to play for the community. 

To find out more, please review grant guidelines and contact our Sport Development Officer on 8470 8138 or email

To apply, click here to submit your application online at Darebin Council's easy to use online grants portal.

Applications open from 29 January 2021, and will close for applications on 28 February 2021 (11.59pm).


Promoting Disability Inclusion in Sport

Download our guide to Promoting Disability Inclusion in Sport for great advice, ideas, local contacts and practical ways that clubs can increase participation of community members with a disability in their club activities. 

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that may be of benefit to your sports club:
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria - Provides information about sport and recreation activities within Victoria
  • VicHealth -Provides information about promoting health and wellbeing, and occasionally providing grant opportunities for sporting clubs.
  • Play by the Rules - News, resources and free online training to assist sport and recreation clubs and administrators, officials, coaches, players and spectators to keep sport safe, fair and inclusive.
  • Sport Australia - Up-to-date information on the structure and organisation of sport in Australia.
  • Our Community - Supports not-for-profit groups by providing advice, tools, resources funding opportunities and training.
  • VicSport - Represents the needs and concerns of over 170 member groups to Government, associated statutory authorities, relevant business and private enterprises and other stakeholders with an interest in promoting sport and active recreation.
  • Athlete Ally - A non-profit organization focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports
  • The Inclusion Club - An international community of like minded people committed to the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation.
  • Australian Womensport & Recreation Association - A non-profit organisation dedicated to providing leadership and advocacy for women and girls in sport.
  • Sports Community - Assists grass roots clubs to succeed through the empowerment of club volunteers.

Further Information

Leisure Services Team
Phone: 8470 8888

We have over 50 sports grounds offering the community the ability to take part in AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Baseball, Athletics and Cycling.

Sporting grounds are tenanted by local sporting clubs who offer opportunities for our community to participate in sporting opportunities. Clubs will schedule training and competition on their allocated grounds, under the conditions of their agreements with Council. Outside of these schedule times the sports grounds are free for a casual kick around the park.

Casual sports ground bookings
Sports grounds can be booked by the community on a casual basis. Most casual bookings are made by schools for school sports activities, cultural sporting events, participation clinics and active fundraisers.

To make a casual ground booking:

  1. Visit the online booking portal.
  2. Log in or create an account (an account is needed to make a booking request)
  3. Abide by the Sporting Fees, Charges and Occupancy Agreement Policy.
  4. Pay the usage fee once your booking is confirmed.

Please note: Not all grounds will be available, and availability is dependent on existing agreements and ground surface conditions.

Seasonal sports ground bookings
Sports grounds are tenanted to sports clubs on a seasonal basis. If you are a new club looking for a home in Darebin, get in touch with us to discuss your club’s needs. To apply for a seasonal permit, contact us first to discuss ground availability and your club’s needs. We will explain the formal application process to you, including application dates. All clubs must abide by our Sporting Fees, Charges and Occupancy Agreement Policy. Clubs may also be eligible to apply for a sporting fee performance subsidy. 

Personal training permit applications 
Personal trainers, fitness instructors and dog obedience trainers must obtain a permit to conduct business in Darebin parks and reserves. Permits are free (except for areas which are designated Crown Land), and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:
  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation to us via post or email.

Please note: Completion of an application form does not guarantee availability of booking request. 

Hot air balloon launch/landing permit applications
All hot air balloon operators must obtain a permit to launch and land in Darebin. Permitted locations are Mayer Park (Normanby Ave, Northcote) and CT Barling Reserve (Plenty Rd, Reservoir). Permits do attract a fee and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:

  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation to us via post or email.

Sporting Ground Audits
Our sports grounds are required to be irrigated under a Yarra Valley Water Allocation Program. We have been allocated 250 mega litres to irrigate sports grounds. Our audits monitor the condition of the grounds and playing fields every month. Sporting grounds are assessed using the following criteria:

  • Hardness cracks, holes, damaged surfaces
  • Grass areas-cover, vigour, height and evenness
  • Wicket areas synthetic areas and grassed pitches
  • Worn bare areas evenness and firmness

For Summer sports, a weighted score of 53 and greater indicates that the ground is safe to play on. Grounds that score less than 53 may be considered unsafe to play on and possibly closed to organised sport. For Winter sports, a weighted score of 48 and greater indicates that the ground is safe to play on. Grounds that score less than 48 may be considered unsafe to play on and could possibly be closed to organised sport.

We are working closely with local sports clubs to ensure the condition of the playing surface is monitored closely during the water restrictions. Both Council and local clubs conduct audits to check on the effects of the water restrictions to the grounds and act accordingly.

Further information
Leisure Services
Phone: 8470 8305

Evidence strongly demonstrates that engagement in an exercise program impacts positively on our wellbeing including reducing disease, improving health, finding work, and participating in the community.

Find out what's happening in Council's major projects in Sport and Leisure: Multi-Sport Stadium, Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre.

Multi-Sport Stadium

Council is developing a Multi-Sport Stadium (MSS) at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

This community facility will provide a much-needed space for a range of court sports including netball, basketball, and even roller derby. Purpose-built and fully accessible, the MSS will create more opportunities for women and girls in Darebin to participate in sport and exercise.

Once complete, the stadium will offer three courts in the main hall and a fourth show court for exhibition games and other special events. The facility will achieve a sustainability rating of 5-star Green Star certification. 

Construction of the facility is now underway and on-track for completion in late 2021.

The early works package to deliver four new outdoor netball courts at John Cain Memorial Court is now complete. These courts will cater to the high demand for quality netball facilities within Darebin.

Visit the MSS project page on Your Say Darebin for the latest information and subscribe to receive updates via email. 

Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre 

The renewal of the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is part of our 2017-2021 Council Plan, supporting our goal to expand opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, physical activity and other leisure activities. 

May 2021 update:

Darebin City Council has begun the tender process for the construction of the new NARC facility and we anticipate the contract will be awarded by September 2021, with the closure of NARC expected after this.  We’ll have more information on the exact closure date once the contract is awarded, and we’ll give NARC users and members as much notice of this as possible.  

In the meantime, it’s “business as usual”. We’ll be keeping the programs and services at NARC operational for the next few months until at least mid-September, in line with the end of the third school term. Rest assured, swimming lessons and group fitness classes will be on for a few months yet! 
Once the contractor has been appointed for NARC’s construction, we’ll provide further updates. Subscribe to our Your Say page to stay-up-to-date with the latest information.

Project Background:

In late 2017 through to early 2018 we listened to your feedback. Consultation with NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre contributed to a feasibility study.

Overall the feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.

The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia. 

Early in 2020, proposed concept designs were made available for community feedback. Thank you to all those in the community who participated during the consultation, this valuable feedback has been reviewed and has informed some changes to the design with detailed drawings now in progress.

To follow this project, head to Your Say Darebin where you can subscribe to receive updates via email.


Reservoir Leisure Centre

We are exploring how a range of redevelopment options for Reservoir Leisure Centre can help realise our goal of expanding opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, exercise and leisure activities in Darebin.

In June 2019 we carried out community consultation to gather feedback from RLC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre. Further to this work, we are now undertaking a study to understand what opportunities exist for the redevelopment of the RLC to enhance the health, wellbeing and socio-economic outcomes to the East Reservoir area.

RLC Health Wellbeing and Socio-Economic Impacts Discussion Paper

In May 2019, Council resolved to engage a principal consultant to develop a discussion paper investigating what opportunities for health, wellbeing and socio-economic outcomes the redevelopment of the Reservoir Leisure Centre could achieve for the Reservoir community.

Applying a holistic public health and community development framework, the consultant will build on the feasibility study, which was informed by community consultation throughout 2019.Council is in the final stages of awarding the contract. The project is anticipated to start in late June and run through to the end of October 2020.

We will bring you more updates as this project progresses.

RLC renewal works update

While planning for the long term future of the facility is being worked on, a program of immediate facility improvements is underway. Recent works that have been completed include: new school change rooms, family change cubicles, reception refresh, tiling of pool columns, first aid room improvements, a fresh coat of paint for the exterior, new pool filters, and improved air handling systems for the pool hall.

As of June 2020, works are well underway to renew the roof over the group fitness rooms room at RLC. These works include structural works, a new roof, guttering, flashing, down pipes for the group fitness rooms, along with new air conditioning systems, new ceilings and lighting. Works are expected to be complete at the end of June. Cost of works is approximately $380,000.


If you have questions or require further information about major projects happening in Sport and Leisure, please contact:
T: 8470 8503


Get Active is a program to help improve health and wellbeing in the Darebin community through physical activity.

Get Active in Darebin: Winter Free Exercise Program 2021

Get Active in Darebin is a FREE community-based exercise program aimed to increase the physical wellbeing of Darebin residents through a variety of physical activities suitable for the all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

All classes will be facilitated by qualified instructors with family friendly activities. No bookings required, simply turn up on the day with your own water, towels and mat and join in on the fun.

Check out our Winter season program below or click here to download a printable poster:

Get Active From Home

Here’s a list of FREE resources from local providers to help you keep moving from home!

Get Active From Home in Darebin 
Find a library of videos from the virtual version of Council’s free fitness program on the Darebin Leisure and Reservoir Leisure Centre Facebook pages. 

YMCA YThrive Home and Virtual Y
Virtual fitness classes for any fitness level, Les Mills on-demand, plus of other fitness, nutrition, wellness, family and youth resources.
Virtual Y -
Y Thrive Home -
YGym: Physical Activity for Ages 5-9

Get Active Victoria Workouts From Home
Online workouts and challenges created by our friends at Get Active Victoria

This Girl Can
Workouts for women with a range of beginner-friendly activities available

Active Seniors
Workouts online for older adults at

Fearless movement collective
Workouts made for the LGBTQIA community at

More Ways to Get Active in Darebin 

Outdoor Exercise Equipment in Darebin Parks
Outdoor gym equipment is available to be used freely by any member of the public from teenagers through to seniors. The equipment provides a cardiovascular workout, developing most muscle groups while enjoying the fresh outdoors. With the outdoor exercise equipment, you can enjoy your exercise any time for free and no commitment. 
Locations include:
A.H. Capp Reserve (Halwyn Crescent, Preston)
All Nations Park (Separation St, Northcote)
Bundoora Park (Playground Drive, Bundoora)
C.H. Sullivan Memorial Park (Blake St, Preston)
Edwardes Lake Park (Griffiths St, Reservoir)
I.W. Dole Reserve (Dole Ave, Reservoir)
J.C. Donath Reserve (Harmer St, Reservoir)
Mayer Park (Normanby Ave, Thornbury)
T.W. Andrews Reserve (Fordham Rd, Reservoir)
W.R. Ruthven V.C. Reserve (Malpas Street, Preston)

parkrun Darebin
A free community event held each Saturday morning from 8am at CT Barling Reserve in Reservoir. Coordinated by volunteers, you can walk, jog or run 5km and socialise with others. Find out more at

Heart Foundation Walking Groups
Heart Foundation Walking is a great way to get active and meet new people, and it's free! Check the Heart Foundation website for updated local information

Subsidised Gym Memberships

Full access to the leisure centre can be expensive for people experiencing financial hardship. Subsidised Gym Membership supports Darebin residents to have full access to Reservoir Leisure Centre during off peak hours (6am–4 pm). To assess your eligibility, get in touch with the Reservoir Neighbourhood House on 9462 4611.

Need more help in getting active in Darebin? Contact our Leisure Services Team on 8470 8888 or email us at

We support sport and recreation activities that are inclusive for all abilities. If you have a disability or are a carer for someone with a disability and need help finding local activities, you can get in touch with us for advice.

Access All Abilities
AAA Play is a free information and referral service. Visit the AAA Play website or call 1800 222 842 to discover the range of sports and active recreation activities close to your home for people of all abilities.

AAA Play
Ph: 1800 222 842

To contact the Leisure Services team:
Ph: 03 8470 8305

Find out more about how Council is supporting local women in sport through the Darebin Women in Sport Network and partnering with VicHealth's This Girl Can campaign.

Increasing female participation in physical activity
In Darebin, women's participation rates in physical activity are lower than average and we are working towards changing this trend. We are committed to advancing gender equity and increasing women’s participation, wellbeing and leadership in the community.

This Girl Can

How have you been staying active this year? After all the changes we’ve had to make to how we do things, you might find yourself missing the motivation… and that’s ok!

To help find your groove (or get back into it), we joined with This Girl Can Victoria and four other local councils to deliver a webinar series to help you tackle the things that can get in the way of being active, how to pick the best activity for you in your local area and celebrate local stories.

The recordings of our This Girl Can Webinar Series are available as a playlist on our YouTube channel

Not sure where to start? Some highlights from the program featuring local stories include: 

Overcoming barriers
How to we move through challenges to be our best selves? Paralympian Kerryn Harvey, and Darebin's own This Girl Can ambassador, Rocca Salcedo, share their stories on the power of sport to overcome obstacles and find health and happiness.  

LGBTQI inclusion in sport 

Welcoming the LGBTQI community to sport with Christine Granger (she/her) from Proud to play and Riley Edwards (they/Them) from Climbing QTs. 

Get Moving in Darebin!
Hear from the locals on how they get moving in Darebin, with very special guests, Darebin Falcon, Steph Simpson, and local cyclist, Nell Sudanon.

This webinar series as delivered in partnership with This Girl Can Victoria, Moreland, Whittlesea, Yarra Ranges and Manningham Councils. 

Darebin Women in Sport Network (DWiSN)
The Darebin Women in Sport Network is a community based membership of people who are currently involved in sport and recreation in Darebin, who share an interest in growing the involvement and opportunities for females in sport.

The network provides a forum through which Council and Clubs can collaborate and receive advice and guidance on the future development of initiatives that relate to female involvement in Sport and Recreation in Darebin. The network meets quarterly and is facilitated by our staff.

For more information on the Darebin Women in Sport Network please email

Club Resource: Leveling the Playing Field
Our latest resource, Leveling the Playing Field, aims to highlight the benefits of involving women and girls in sport and recreation, and to showcase what they bring to sports clubs and community recreation programs. The book features profiles on five of Darebin's own important local female sporting figures. This creative approach is just one way the we are working closer with local sporting clubs and recreation providers to improve access and increase opportunities for females to play sport.

Hard copies are also available, please contact us to request a copy.


Historically, women’s sporting clubs have not been equitably catered for or celebrated in comparison to their male counterparts. Darebin is committed to shifting this narrative by celebrating women’s sporting contributions and the role of women’s sports in achieving gender equality.

‘Front and Centre: Achieving Gender Equality on and off the Field’ showcases Darebin’s role in supporting women’s sport, the success and resilience of the Falcons and the crucial role that gender equity plays in achieving better outcomes in our community.

Council believes that gender should not be a limiting factor for the full and equal participation in sport and all aspects of community life. Our focus on women and girl’s participation in sports forms part of Council’s overarching commitment to achieving gender equality across the community and the prevention of violence against women.



Video: How to find your nearest sporting ground or club.