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Bendigo Botanic Gardens

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Published May 7th 2022
The first public garden in the city
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Lush and green turf


While in Bendigo, we visited the botanic gardens at White Hills and were not disappointed. It has a broad and diverse range of trees as well as turf that is lush and green. This extensive mix makes the place not only fun to explore but also great for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

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Picturesque billabong


billabong
Picturesque billabong


The garden features ten different precincts with a billabong as its centrepiece. The landscape around the billabong is rather picturesque and we found the nearby pavilion and Edwardian Garden to be very conducive to a picnic lunch. This historic shelter was erected in the early 1900s on what was once an island surrounded by creek waters. Needless to say, it is now heritage listed. The billabong though is the only section of the creek that survives to this day.

pavilion
Historic pavilion


pavilion
Historic pavilion


A short stroll from there brought us to the Habitat Garden and walk-through aviary which is home to a number of parrot and rosella species. To enter, you'll need to be there during the week as it is unfortunately closed on weekends. However, the playspace remains open and will surely keep the kids entertained.

aviary
Aviary


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Playspace


Other precincts include the Rose Garden, Cottage Garden of the Goldfields, Northern Victorian Garden and Indigenous Garden. There is also a collection of lavenders near the maze and World War I Arch of Triumph memorial as well as some irises and cannas by the Samuel Gadd Centre.

rose garden
Maze & rose garden


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Lavenders


Established in 1857, Bendigo Botanic Gardens is located at 557 Napier Street in White Hills, approximately two hours drive from Melbourne. Be sure to visit next time you're in the region.
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Why? The first public garden in the city
When: Between 7:30am and 6pm
Where: 557 Napier Street, White Hills
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It seems a great place Audrey. Nice and flat so all levels of fitness and ability can enjoy.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4054) 17 days ago
I think the billabongs are my favourite part of the story. Such an iconic symbol of the Australian landscape.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4674) 15 days ago
I love weekend notes, l find the most gorgeous places, that l wouldn't have know existed, but for this. I deeply appreciate your publication. Keep going!! Thank you.
The botanic gardens are such a gift
by scree (score: 0|2) 17 days ago
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