With an ornamental lake serving as a backdrop, a fountain that was built in the 1930's from bluestone salvaged from a nearby demolished mill, and Dutch elms at the front of the lake that were planted as a memorial to soldiers of the first World War, the botanic gardens is a good place to go for a walk and a picnic.
As you wander through the walking track to the back of the gardens, you will come to the historic railway viaduct, built in 1859 using thousands of labourers to carry the Bendigo line over the Coliban River. The Malmsbury Viaduct consist of 5 arches stretching 152m across from one end to the other and standing about 25 metres high. This bluestone bridge was the largest engineering structure to be built in Victoria in the 19th century. The masonry arch railway bridge was erected as a goldfields railway linking Melbourne to an inland port, part of Melbourne, Bendigo and Echuca Railway.