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Williamstown Botanic Gardens

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Address: Corner of Osborne and Giffard Streets, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3016, Australia
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+61 3 9932 1000

Nestled by the sea, complete with rare trees, a formal palm avenue and a...

Nestled by the sea, complete with rare trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental lake amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, is a peaceful place to enjoy a picnic, stroll the intricate pathways or relax and daydream on the green lawns. A few minutes from the Williamstown Beach Railway Station, the gardens have gravel paths providing good accessibility. Open all year. Beach and facilities nearby. Free.

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Beautiful oasis

On a hot sunny day this is a beautiful oasis. In the centre of the gardens is a tranquil spot with a small pond and fountain. Surrounded by elegant trees and shrubs it feels miles... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2016
Reading, UK
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 10, 2016

The Williamstown Botanic Gardens are full of magnolias, palms and flowers. The lawns are beautifully manicured. This makes it a favourite place for brides to commemorate their own special day. Unlike the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, which are a tad wild, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens are wonderfully cared-for formal gardens, with their own water feature. The statue of a 19th... More 

2 Thank Jeffry B
Reading, UK
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Reviewed March 23, 2016

On a hot sunny day this is a beautiful oasis. In the centre of the gardens is a tranquil spot with a small pond and fountain. Surrounded by elegant trees and shrubs it feels miles away from the buzz of Williamstown. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank nigecooper
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2016

A great spot for a picnic or just to chill out from the city stress. Gardens are very well kept with surprising little nooks around each corner. We love it here.

2 Thank beaustravels
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

I visit these gardens when I need to get back to nature with my photography. The garden is only small so you won't get lost nor use up a full day here but it is very nice for a little brunch picnic.

2 Thank KashiaCherry
Barooga, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2016

Wonderfully kept Manicured gardens which provided a lovely peaceful place to walk and enjoy. Lovely old trees and plenty of shade

2 Thank Cuzzza
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

Lovely for a stroll or picnic and along the waterfront of Port Philip Bay. Plenty of free parking and an easy stroll to the waterfront cafes if you have not packed a picnic lunch. There are many food places to choose from on thebeach

2 Thank KimB346
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2016

Over indulge in local food and then go for a dozy walk in the gardens, they are beautiful. Lots of space, green and nooks and corners to explore.

1 Thank nonduplume
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 29, 2016

The botanical gardens in Williamstown is just opposite Williamstown Beach. A great place to have a relaxing barbecue and then go for a stroll along the foreshore. Plenty of trees and shade.

1 Thank sifugarry
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

A beautiful place to go for a walk on youre way to or from the beach or after a meal at one of the many places to eat in Williamstown. There are always people here celebrating something like a wedding or brunch or picnic, as well as numerous activities such as plays and other theatre-type events. Lots of shade for... More 

1 Thank Debbi D
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Reviewed January 23, 2016

Such a nice surprise to find these gardens in such a residential spot. Beautifully maintained and a lovely short cut to the bay.

1 Thank Bettina E

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