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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  • These gardens are absolutely stunning. After your walk through the gardens have a break at the Pipers on the Lake.  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Fantastic gardens on a beautiful day. Well kept and the collection of Prime Minister busts is very interesting. One can feel the span of time that the gardens have been there.
  • Nice for a wall around and to look at the trees. The park and train across the road are great for the kids as are all the water birds. Just pack a jacket and beanie because it's always cold.
  • I attended the Begonia Festival. The gardens looked beautiful. Lots of live performances. Great food options. And the begonias were stunning.
  • Lovely place for a stroll, all the trees and plants are labeled, so if you love something you know what it is. Great place for a picnic and very dog friendly

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