Warrnambool Botanic Gardens are a timeless and tranquil setting for weddings, picnics, peaceful walks and the many guided tours and special events hosted throughout the year.
Set on 20 acres of lush parkland just a short walk north of Warrnambool’s CBD, the gardens feature hundreds of native and exotic trees, ferns, flowers and other plant species.
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens are also home to a significant collection of historic structures, including an original sandstone shed once used by the garden’s first curator Charles Scoborio, now the headquarters of the Friends of the Gardens.
Other highlights include the naval cannon – one of 15 used to defend Victoria’s coastline in the 1800s, a band rotunda, ornamental lake and stone bridge.
The gardens were designed in 1877 by Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens director William R Guilfoyle.
At that time, the area was heavily timbered with a dense undergrowth of scrub, ferns and tussock grass.
Guilfoyle’s plans saw the land transformed into impressive gardens of his classic style - wide curving paths, large sweeping lawns dotted with specimen trees, glimpses of water, dense shrubberies displaying a rich variety of plants and focal points composed of plants of dramatic form and colour such as Doryanthes, Palms and Bamboos.
By the end of the century additional attractions had been included: a fountain with gold and silver fish, a fernery, rockeries, several aviaries and a number of animals such as monkeys, kangaroos, wallabies and guinea pigs.
The aviaries of birds and the collection of animals have long since disappeared, but the restored fountain and fernery continues to delight.
A trip to Warrnambool is not complete without a visit to the delightful Warrnambool Botanic Gardens. Plan to see Warrnambool Botanic Gardens and other attractions that appeal to you using our Warrnambool day trip planning tool .
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These gardens are just pleasant to wander through, with a nice pond, a band-stand, good views from near the top, and a colony of bats. more »
Well maintained gardens, the pond and duck make it feel very relaxing. The history of the "Lone Pine" was very interesting. Possibly a beautiful garden in spring, except for the noisy bats. more »
Our visit was in winter, so not many flowers. The ponds were replete with birds and fish, and credit to the gardeners that there were any flowers. Good paved paths and amenities were quite good. Good space for a peaceful roam and reflection.
Cute gardens with lot's of Birdlife. Benches, a centrepiece pond and a gorgeous bridge makes for a special memory. Great spot to visit.
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