There are a number of reasons why you might be interested in nearby parks and gardens when staying at hotels in Bendigo – perhaps the kids want somewhere to play, perhaps you're looking for the perfect picnic location, or perhaps you just want to take a stroll. No matter the reason, there are plenty of options when staying in Bendigo – we've outlined them all here.
▪ Bendigo Botanic Gardens These beautiful gardens, playground and natural wetlands are set on 15 acres and were actually planned during the gold rush. A picnic shelter was added in 1904 (still in use today), a walkthrough bird aviary was built in 1987, and the Arch of Triumph at the entrance was built in 1925 as a WWI memorial. The gardens close at sunset each day.
▪ Canterbury Gardens Those staying at hotels in Bendigo also enjoy paying a visit to these gardens in nearby Eaglehawk, which contain Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb. The historic gardens are set on 35 acres alongside the Eaglehawk Creek. To get up close and personal with some waterbirds, simply venture out onto the islands on Lake Neangar.
▪ Lake Weeroona
Many people who choose hotels in Bendigo are interested in visiting popular Lake Weeroona. The reserve is set on 18 acres and was actually a mining area until the 1870s. There's a playground for the kids, BBQ area and a café or coffee cart if you'd prefer a hot beverage. Walking or cycling around the lake should take you around 20 minutes.
▪ Playgrounds If travelling with the kids, we're sure that keeping them entertained is your top priority. Fortunately, Bendigo is home to more than 100 playgrounds! Many of these playgrounds have also been built alongside skate parks, so older children will find something to amuse them and your kids have a place to ride their skateboards or scooters.
▪ Rosalind Park This park is set across 60 acres and is filled with leafy trees, a playground, ornate statues, a historic conservatory, a fernery and beautiful gardens. It is located on the edge of the Bendigo CBD, so is easily accessible. If you're interested in taking a walk, the Rosalind Park Discovery Walk is a great choice – pick up a brochure from the visitor's centre.
Other – If you don't mind venturing out of Bendigo, there are plenty of parks and gardens in the surrounding region for you to enjoy. These include the Kangaroo Flat Botanical Gardens, Kennington Reservoir, Strathdale Park, Bendigo Creek Linear Park (which is a bike and walking track), and Cooinda Park. Many of these places feature playgrounds and other facilities.
The next time you're staying at hotels in Bendigo, we hope that you take the time to enjoy one of the above parks or gardens. They're beautiful at all times of the year, but particularly during the spring when all of the flowers are in bloom. It doesn't matter the activity that you're looking to participate in, all of these parks and gardens offer the perfect base.