Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Ballarat Botanical Gardens
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Victoria, Australia64,958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Gardens are a magnificent place to reset the mind, body and soul... they can bring you peace when you are in turmoil and are struggling to find your way. A garden accepts and offers its beauty up selflessly giving you a place of solace.

A recent visit to these Botanical Gardens reminded me how stunning they truly are... they offer colour and symmetry ... they shelter birds and insects ...and these gardens also offer you a glimpse into history with its statues and information boards.

The garden is accessible to everyone and the paths are wonderfully maintained. On the recent trip they offered me somewhere peaceful. I enjoyed walking through the gardens late in the evening... they have something of interest at every turn.
Written 2 February 2024
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Just A Girl
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful place for a picnic, a walk, exploring the magnificent arboretum and conservatory and to learn a little about Australia's history and who our Prime Ministers have been since Federation. The gardens are beautifully manicured. There's a sensory garden, an Australian garden, a winter garden etc.
Written 28 January 2024
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Chris Roberts
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A very beautiful site of gardens that are carefully tended which includes statues of Australian Premiers along with a wide variety of plants. Close by the lake Wendouree which is very scenic
Written 16 November 2023
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John B
Mollymook, Australia308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The gardens were beyond our expectations. Most flowers were in full bloom and those in the glasshouse were simply amazing.
Well worth a visit if you’re visiting Ballarat.
Pipers by the Lake is directly opposite the entrance and is also wort a visit. Offers great food and excellent coffee with great views over the lake.
Parking is plentiful.
Written 2 October 2023
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Sharon G
Whyalla, Australia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Loved the walk around these gardens, they are beautifully kept. The arrangement of flowers in the glass house are spectacular, loved the Prime Minister lane where all the heads of each one are presented.. lots of statues, magnificent old trees, most plants are named for your enjoyment.. well worth taking the time to stroll through
Written 8 September 2023
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Paul P
Melbourne, Australia232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Always excellent at the gardens. I remember as a child the wonderful statue of the flight from Pompeii and it is still as beautiful many years later. The gardens were in their Autumnal splendour and it is a tribute to the gardeners. The colour was to die for but it gets better when you go into the Begonia display hot house. Stunning is the only word and if you can make sure you go in Begonia season. You can also rub shoulders with important people, every Australian PM even the ones who had the job for a very short time. The PM avenue is wonderful and you can say what you like to them and they wont bat an eye. The gardens take in the Lake and the young cygnets were a delight to watch . Take the time to just take it all in and sit and admire one of the best gardens you will see.
Written 10 April 2023
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phebianMelbourne
Eaglemont, Australia862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Just the place to visit on a wet day. The flowers were so beautiful, and what is more enrty is free. Can recommend
Written 7 April 2023
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angelC3476SL
Auckland, New Zealand183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lovely place for a casual stroll, glasshouse full of beautiful flowers, statues of various gods and prime ministers walk. Easy place to walk around.
Written 25 March 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and I visited the Ballarat Begonia Festival held in the Botanic Gardens, recently during our holiday in Ballarat and Creswick where we stayed at the RACV Resort.

The Ballarat Begonia Festival is an innovative garden-based horticultural event that showcases Ballarat’s natural assets including its unique and rare collections of begonias.

The impressive collection is the rarest in the Southern hemisphere. The annual event is held in March. On show are 1000 begonia plants.

The Ballarat Botanical Gardens play host to a spectacular floral display of hundreds of rare begonias at the Robert Clarke Conservatory.

The Statuary Pavilion is home to a collection of five marble sculptures by Charles Summer - Flight from Pompeii, Ruth, Modesty, Rebekah and Susannah - which were purchased with bequest funds from former miner and Ballarat citizen, James Russell Thompson.

A statue of the Scottish hero, William Wallace is part of the Thomson Bequest which also provided the Statuary Pavillion. The statue was chosen as a tribute to Thomson's birthplace. Sir William `Braveheart` Wallace, was the Scottish hero of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This was chosen as a tribute to Thomson's birthplace.

There are also 12 statues from the Stoddard Collection. Wealthy Ballarat citizen, Thomas Stoddart, bought 12 marble statues during a visit to Carrara in Italy and gave them, together with Sicilian marble pedestals, to the citizens of Ballarat.

The Floral Clock was presented to the citizens of Ballarat in 1954 by the Ballarat Begonia Festival Committee and was moved to its present site from the Sturt Street Gardens in 1980.

The pair of marble lions were presented by the Hon. David Ham MLC in 1893. David Ham immigrated from England to Victoria in 1849. After spending two years farming at Indented Head, he then went to the Victorian goldfields where he amassed a fortune, partly through gold prospecting and partly through establishing businesses on the goldfields, such as store keeping, butchering and saw-milling. In 1861 he settled in Ballarat as a land agent, auctioneer and stockbroker.

The Sensory Garden is a beautiful part of the Gardens and is essentially a garden designed to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch.

The Statues of previous Prime Ministers of Australia are also unique to this place.
Written 21 March 2023
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Mytravadv
Brisbane, Australia429 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, the glass house was closed as they were setting up a begonia display 😕.
Some pretty garden beds and big trees. Grass nicely kept. Garden beds over the back had very little in them.
Written 4 March 2023
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