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Address: PO Box 655, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5320 5135
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A beautiful oasis in the middle of town

Beautiful garden setting beside a nice lake, the gardens were well maintained and offered some great photo opportunities. The Begonia hothouse was brilliant and not to be missed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful garden setting beside a nice lake, the gardens were well maintained and offered some great photo opportunities. The Begonia hothouse was brilliant and not to be missed. Well worth a visit. Plenty of parking

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The begonias are at their best in March and provided a wonderful display. The outside gardens with brilliant blue salvias and white windflowers were stunning. Lovely old trees and an interesting walk along the Prime Ministers' Avenue.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We attended the Begonia Festival. Much to see, brilliant flowers, many activities. Wy wife was in absolute heaven. We'll be back next year.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The walk around the lake near the Gardens is very relaxing as much as is the walk through the Botanical Gardens from one end to the other . . Great display of Natives & also the glasshouse with ferns , & very nice Japanese weeping maples ! Also great display of ex prime ministers & walk down history in other... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We spent a couple of hours here late afternoon/early evening yesterday. Beautiful place, interesting variety of trees as well as the colourful beds. Enjoyed the avenue of busts of all our Aussie P.M's. The Sensing garden is a delight too. Very enjoyable visit.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The gardens are elegant and peaceful. Wandering around transported my thoughts to a bygone age. There are formal gardens, statutes, a glass house, bandstand, etc. There's a coffee shop by the lake, and flowers galore. A pleasant place to visit :-)

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Shepparton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lovely outstanding gardens, well kept, great place for a stroll and then a picnic, but go in spring or summer as ballarat winters are extreme.

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Stawell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Visited again yesterday for the Begonia Festival; fourth time we have visited and well worth the trip from Stawell. Display is fantastic and the rest of the gardens, while not as big an area as other gardens in major cities, it is definitely worth the visit.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I visited the Begonia Festival at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens with an elderly garden enthusiast. We both enjoyed the trip. At 91 years old she said that this was a "visit of a lifetime". The colours and range of the flowers was exceptional. Not only were the begonias world quality but the whole Festival offered something for everyone from the... More 

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Numurkah, Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great event - lots to see and do. Loved the free tram ride alongside the gardens too. The begonias all out in bloom looked amazing.

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