Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick

4.7
#10 of 244 in Parks in Greater Melbourne
Only minutes from the Monash Freeway, the park attracts local and international visitors and is sanctuary to an abundance of native animals.

Perched on the edge of the Basalt Lake, the Birdhide provides the perfect cover for bird watching. The Directional Marker on the cliff above identifies panoramic highlights of Berwick and beyond.

The picnic areas of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick are the perfect place for a BBQ with friends and the playground is popular with kids. Many enjoy the wonderful walking tracks around the picturesque lakes.

When you wander through the grounds of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, it is difficult to imagine the site was an operational quarry until the late 1970s.

The quarry was founded by William Wilson in 1859. Mr Wilson recognised a business opportunity and began excavating the site which would soon become renowned for producing some of the highest quality basalt in the Melbourne region.

The transformation of the quarry site began in the late 1980s when work commenced by the then City of Berwick.

In 1992, the Honourable Bill Hayden A.C., Governor General, officially opened Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, in memory of early pioneers.

A fossil seam is not something commonly found in a botanic garden or park, but Wilson Botanic Park Berwick is lucky enough to have two!

During the operational days of the quarry many fossils were found, some more than 22 million years old. They include fossilised wood, leaves and pollens of flowering plants and conifers.

The fossil sites, which have been studied by universities across Australia, boast both tropical and temperate species. It is rare to find these varieties in one place. Such evidence reveals that the site was tropical rainforest many years ago.

The beauty of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick begins even before you get to the car park. The oak lined driveway is a prelude to the 39 hectares of natural botanic wonder that lies beyond.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Did a quick walk around the lake at this lovely park-lots of people with their dogs on leads and kids running around so on a sunshine day I would expect it to be very busy so I would suggest an early ...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This park is absolutely beautiful! Lake with turtles and ducks. Beautiful well kept park great for a walk, picnic, BBQ, wedding, or any other event. There is a great park for the kids and is dog frien...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Went to Wilsons Park as had been told by friends it was good. Went on a Sunday and park was busy with family's and so lots of happy sounds in the air. I would recommend this park as lots of different ...  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    I have been visiting this park for about 25 years. Such a pleasant spot to take kids or have a nice stroll around the lake. Highly recommend for everyone.
  • April 6, 2017
    Its best place to relaxed , have kids birthdays, wedding photos.
  • December 4, 2016
    A beautiful Park, great facilities, friendly staff and my son loves the turtles.
  • December 9, 2016
    Play equipment for the kids and plenty to explore.

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