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Parks & gardens

Journey through the magnificent parks and gardens of the Goldfields, characterised by lush public parks, botanic gardens and historic residences.

Dreams of gold

The gardens of the region embody some of the most interesting strands of nineteenth century thinking and development. Spend a quiet afternoon by Lake Wendouree, explore the serene setting of the Classical Chinese Garden, or discover what life was like at the time on a visit to Buda Historic Home & Garden.

Serenity and education

Underwritten by the world's richest goldfields, the Goldfields gardens were created to be enjoyed by everyone for free. But they were not just for enjoyment, they were intended to educate, and to help spread new species. This was embodied in the beliefs of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, the first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, who supplied the Goldfields gardens with cuttings and seedlings.

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Parks & gardens

Parks & gardens

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Discover this lush Victorian garden with its manicured lawns, colourful flowerbeds and heritage listed trees.

Lakes & waterways

Lake Wendouree

Join visitors and locals alike for lakeside activities and water sports at this ever-popular recreational spot. Arrive there by historic tram!

Parks & gardens

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Located on the shore of picturesque Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of Australia's most significant cool climate gardens.

Parks & gardens

Lambley Nursery and Gardens

Located in Ascot and only a short drive form Ballarat, Lambley's Dry Garden featuring frost-hardy plants requiring very little watering is world...

Parks & gardens

Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the...

Parks & gardens

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Admire rare and fine botanic specimens, picnic by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon and walk through the aviary at Bendigo's historic botanic garden.

Parks & gardens

Buninyong Botanic Garden

Stroll among the trees and shrubs, picnic by the lake and admire the historic courthouse and Queen Victoria rotunda in these serenely beautiful gardens.

Parks & gardens

Rosalind Park

Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.


Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.


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