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Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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Published August 20th 2012
Located opposite Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens has been part of Ballarat's history since the nineteenth century. George Longley, the first Curator of the Gardens, lived with his family on-site in a test for two years while bushland was cleared, earning a salary of three pounds a week.

Nowadays, the Botanical Gardens covers 40 hectares and is home to an enormous array of flora and fauna. It also contains pagodas, a statuary pavilion, wishing-well, craft cottage, gift store, ponds, playgrounds and numerous sculptures and specialised gardens.

Lions at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Lions guard the gate of the Botanical Gardens

View of the Statuary Pavilion, Ballarat Botanical Gardens
View of the Statuary Pavilion

Sculpture, Ballarat Botanical Gardens
A sculpture stands tall in the Gardens

Once a year the gardens are dressed up for the Ballarat Begonia Festival, which attracts nearly 30,000 visitors.

In particular, look out for the Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage, which has a range of old-fashioned and modern crafts for sale, and the Robert Clark Conservatory, a beautiful little cafe nestled among cascading flowers.

Crafts on display at the Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage

For more information on the gardens, visit their webpage.
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Why? Gorgeous scenery in historic Ballarat
Where: Lake Wendouree VIC 3350
Cost: Free
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