Kardinia Park

Kardinia Park is a Geelong landmark, a gathering place for generations and for this sport loving community the spiritual heart of the City. Kardinia Park is unique. For Victoria, it’s one-of-a-kind: a centrally located urban parkland surrounded entirely by growing suburbs with a premium stadium at its centrepiece.

Kardinia Park spans more than 22 hectares. The City of Greater Geelong manages 65 per cent of the park, including the open space, community sports fields, aquatic centre and senior citizens building.

The Kardinia Park Stadium Trust manage 35 per cent of the park including the Kardinia Park Stadium, the plaza areas and the Barwon Regional Cricket Centre and the carpark at the southern end of the Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and currently attracts more than 400,000 people annually.

Kardinia Park is home to many stakeholders including:

  • Geelong Central Netball Association and Netball Victoria
  • Geelong Cricket Club
  • Geelong Football Club
  • Geelong Football Umpires League
  • Kardinia Aquatic Centre
  • Kardinia Senior Citizens Club
  • St Mary's Sporting Club.

The stadium is also home to Sports House, with tenants including:

  • Barwon Sports Academy
  • Basketball Victoria
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Football Victoria
  • Geelong Cricket Association
  • Golf Australia
  • Leisure Networks
  • Tennis Victoria.

The masterplan

The masterplan is a complex project with the potential for significant long-term value for all stakeholders. Creating the optimal solution will require bold, intricate, imaginative thinking integrating city, asset, place and programmatic outcomes.

The City of Greater Geelong and Kardinia Park Stadium Trust (KPST) are working together to set the vision and direction for Kardinia Park for the next 30 years.

The masterplan will consider the planning for the South Geelong Urban Design Framework, the Waurn Ponds Rail duplication as well as the South Geelong station upgrades.

The parks assets and social infrastructure will be carefully assessed against contemporary standards and universal design principles to ensure they remain relevant and fit for purpose.

Once the draft masterplan has been developed, user groups and key stakeholders, as well as the wider community, will once again be invited to provide feedback before the masterplan is considered by Council.

The stadium is not part of the masterplan process. However, the surrounding areas are a key consideration and the masterplan will consider how the stadium developments influence the use of the rest of the park.