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Rosalind Park

Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, right in the centre of Bendigo. History Once a grassy woodland, the area was transformed during the 1950s goldrush when it became the site of the Government Camp and peppered with shallow shafts, mullock heaps and puddling mills. Its varied and fascinating… Read more →

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Take your time meandering the linking paths that wend through this gorgeous historic garden. It’s a perfect scenic haven, with rock walls, a picturesque lake, a boathouse and areas for picnicking. The foliage and flowers are the stars of the show, revealing a kaleidoscope of colour in vibrant bloom year-round, from azaleas and orchids to ferns and maple leaves, beneath… Read more →

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Ballarat Botanical Gardens’ historically significant lakeside gardens were designed and planted in the 1860s and now feature magnificent mature trees, statues and constantly changing plantings and glasshouse displays. Begonias are a focus and the festival is in March. Features include the Ex Prisoner of War Memorial, Avenue of Prime Ministers and Tramways Museum. A range of events are staged throughout… Read more →

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Site closure: This site is temporarily closed to visitors as a public health precaution in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is a rapidly changing situation. For up-to-date information on affected visitor sites, visit  Cruise out to Mount Dandenong and spend a few quiet hours in the peaceful surrounds of the world-renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary. Located in a… Read more →

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Picnic by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon and admire the native, rare and fine botanic specimens at Bendigo’s historic botanic garden. Established in 1857, the garden was one of the regional Victoria’s earliest botanic gardens and the first public garden in Bendigo. Take the family and take in some of the gardens’ highlights: Living Plant Collections Peruse the labelled… Read more →

High Country Maze

High Country Maze consists of six acres of gardens, including two mazes and ‘maze-like’ walled gardens. With something new to discover around every corner, the main maze has a gnome hunt that is a challenge for the young and the young at heart. Throughout the gardens you will find pixie faces hiding in the hedge walls and the outdoor games… Read more →

Boneo Discovery Park

Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, Boneo Maze is an eco activity wetlands surrounded by 27 acres of Native flora and fauna, focusing on providing family friendly fun through art, nature and play. The new home on Sand Sculpting Australia on the Mornington Peninsula. With a pro designed 18 hole mini golf course, several… Read more →