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Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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Address: Gillies Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5320 5135
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Beautiful location beside the lake

These gardens are very nice and are opposite the lovely Lake Wendouree just west of the city centre. There are a number of small rotunda's and a small but well designed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

These gardens are very nice and are opposite the lovely Lake Wendouree just west of the city centre. There are a number of small rotunda's and a small but well designed greenhouse. The gardens are well cared for. Down the southern end of the gardens is the marvellous memorial to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War which is most definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good for peace seekers and nature lovers. The garden was so clean, smells good and with fresh flowers around.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And it was a Tuesday afternoon...... surprising amount of people wondering through the beautiful gardens, especially early August in Ballarat. The gardens are serene and gorgeous at any time, but cold in winter. I found lots of interesting statues that I had not noticed before and was particularly interested in the plants and soil as I have recently done a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed walking through despite the rain. It was beautiful and I can imagine that it would be better in summer.

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Nyon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our kids are normally bored by botanical gardens but these managed to capture their interest. From the trees that are a few hundred years old, the trout nursery and the avenue of all the Australian Prime Minister's busts there was enough to generate numerous questions and maintain huge interest,,

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really well done with a little pamphlet taking you through each prime minister from federation, the care takers, the innovators , and the interactions as power is lost or regained. What we did not appreciate was how closely many of the PM's started or were closely aligned with ballarat. A great talking point is the contribution of each... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the 1850s, Ballarat was once one of the richest cities in rhe world; then the gold ran out. It's still a pleasant city and the Botanical Gardens are quite beautiful. Ballarat is an easy day trip from Melbourne by car, or you can take the VLine passenger train there and back. Sovereign Hill is another reminder of the era... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are beautiful with a continual changing of the floral beds. The huge trees which have been there since the 1800's create a lush and cooling canopy for a lovely picnic on the grass. The glass house comes into its own during the Begonia Festival when it is filled with begonias of all varieties and color. During the summer... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised to find such am amazing memorial here! Very sobering to visit - lest we forget. Special to find the name of our children's great grandfather on the memorial, as he was a POW.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens at the botanic are gorgeous. pleasing to walk throughout and a lot of Australian history to learn.

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