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Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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Address: Gillies Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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+61 3 5320 5135

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We started at the South end and only got through 1/3 in 2 hours. Loved the small gardens along the west fence, particularly the winter garden. Loved the historic and enormous... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Daylesford, Australia
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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We started at the South end and only got through 1/3 in 2 hours. Loved the small gardens along the west fence, particularly the winter garden. Loved the historic and enormous trees. Applause for the Friends pavilion - the herb display was outstanding and we purchased 3 of the $6 plants. So much to see. So well maintained and loved.... More 

1 Thank RetiredWazza
Daylesford, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a perfect day and enjoyed seeing the National Trust & significant trees, the Prime Ministers' Avenue, the conservatory, the fountain & statues & the themed garden beds on the West side. However, the gardens had suffered with the recent winds and were a little untidy & needing some TLC.

1 Thank Karen M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

'Twas a hot day in Ballarat and the lure of the green shady coolness of the botanical gardens was irresistible. We were not disappointed. The 150 year old avenue of redwoods offered welcome shade. The bronze busts of Australian Prime Ministers offered a fascinating opportunity to talk about Australian history. The greenhouse was full of colourful flowers and water features... More 

1 Thank Dominique C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Glorious Gardens - smallish so easy to get around but lots to do there. Busts of the Prime Ministers over time up to Julia Gillard, trees that are unusual and provide cover from the heat of the day. Lots of people there; of all shapes, sizes and groups with kids/no kids/exercising/reading/picnicing etc. I loved the archway of wisteria; although not... More 

1 Thank Gigs07
Warrandyte, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A leisurely wander through the fernery to the expanse of the Park where the paths lead to historical walks with signed points of interest, Prime Ministers, Plants and local historical facts including the 1956 Olympic Games.

1 Thank Wayne201456
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A place to go when the city gives you the creeps, far enough away from traffic, beautifully presented and maintained. Local cirlce lake tramway to enjoy and being country Victoria, great people and service.

1 Thank BeanGroup T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who doesn't like walking through vast areas of greenery, flowers, statues etc.... The bright colours of the hydrangeas didn't disappoint either.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With good on street parking and right opposite the lake, this is a place to visit. There's lots of small quiet areas on the grass and in the shade to have a nice picnic. The grounds are well maintained. Make sure you take a walk past the former Australian Prime Ministers Head Statues.

Thank Samantha F
Victor Harbor, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of the best botanical gardens I've been too, it's large with beautiful plants and trees and history. I loved the lake area the most! It was great being able to look out and see all of the boats on the water

Thank Mayaaa_p
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think it was the wrong time of year to visit although it was very nice, there was a lot of new planting happening. I think closer to March will be excellent time to visit when things are more lush and grown. A lovely stroll and unique craft store by the locals.

Thank Joanne N

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