Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick

4.8
#11 of 245 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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  • Nice place to visit with kids. We set up a little picnic lunch and sat on our rug and chat and watched the kids play. Lovely place to visit. Can get busy on weekends  more »
  • Such a beautiful place for a walk or just find a spot to sit back and relax. Highly recommended to visit  more »
  • Popped into the gardens today after driving past them for many years. I was pleasantly surprised by the well developed flyers available to guide us around the park. The little train was a cute distrac...  more »
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  • This location has two beautiful lookouts that faces both north and south or the park. One lookout is big enough for many wedding pictures. Ball games area reside near the lookouts. Rose garden can be found at the entrance and it contains a wishing well. Water pond and fountain located perpendicular to the rose garden entrance. There is a lake side stage where live music is played or weddings take place. There is a Kid's Train which goes around the park with a maximum fare of $5. The walk around the park is not energy consuming but if you an athlete, you will love the increasing gradient of walkways.
  • 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.
  • My favourite place for walking.
  • Beautiful place.
  • Its best place to relaxed , have kids birthdays, wedding photos.
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