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.
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