Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat

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In 1860, cuttings from Melbourne furnished the development of Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Some of the current trees dating back to this distribution. Today the gardens' fame comes from the begonia display and its extraordinary collection of 19th-century statues. Visit the glass house with the exotic flowers and the Adam Lindsay Gordon cottage, filled with locally produced arts and crafts. Take in the beauty of the Victorian Pleasure gardens with numerous statues throughout and a marvelous statue pavilion. Enjoy a sunny or shaded picnic or walk around Lake Wendouree and enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the many restaurants located along its shores. Arrange your visit to Ballarat Botanical Gardens and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ballarat using our Ballarat holiday planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    These gardens are absolutely stunning. After your walk through the gardens have a break at the Pipers on the Lake.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    My friend and I spent a few hours here. The gardens are lovely and very well kept. There is many fantastic statues around here. The prime minister's avenue is really interesting lovely place for a wal...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    We had a great visit to the gardens. The begonias were on display and I have never seen such a colorful and beautiful variety of blooms. The peaceful walk around the gardens and the path with all the ...  more »
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  • July 12, 2017
    Wonderful day with the "Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens' who are an energetic group of volunteers. My 3 grandchildren enjoyed activities centred around nature and helped prepare vegetables for soup which we all shared. Storytime in the Conservatory was a beautiful experience amongst all the colourful potted plants. The cyclamens and primulas made a spectacular display in the Conservatory
  • August 1, 2017
    Beautiful gardens,hidden wetlands with plenty of bird life. Many water activities around the lake. Playgrounds,barbecues Robert Clarke Memorial Centre, Adam Lindsay Cottage, ferneries, fish pond, trams and the Begonia Festival held every year showcasing the beautiful begonias. War Memorial ,Avenue of Prime Minister's busts and lots of open spaces
  • September 11, 2017
    Beautiful botanical gardens nestled on the edge of lake wendouree. There is a huge kids adventure playground and plentiful bbq facilities. Wonderful spot to spend a few hours or the entire day.
  • May 30, 2017
    Been to Ballarat many times but it's the first time here.A lovely place.We walked around part of the lake Wendouree so many birds around.The trees are turning being autumn just beautiful colours.Saw a few what I believe to be water rats.One of them came up out the water with a little fish in it's mouth. It wasn't too concerned about us. Love the little bridges. The botanic gardens are really well kept.Lots of people walking around & some fishing.Lots to do. Will return when we next visit to Ballarat.
  • July 22, 2017
    Nicely maintained gardens. we had a good time. It good to see that upgrade works are continually happening, keeping everything in good shape

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