Nature & wildlife
Encounter spellbinding surrounds cultivated, landscaped or natural by design in the Goldfields region.
Stroll through one of the local botanical gardens in Bendigo, Ballarat, Buninyong or Castlemaine. Still thriving 150 years after being created by early residents of the region, these gardens are a great place to unwind and recharge. If you're visiting the area in March, be sure to explore the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and see the renowned annual Begonia display.
Walk your own path
Head out of town to discover national and state parks with dazzling wildflowers, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. A centrepiece of the region's cultural landscape is the Goldfields Track. The 210km track links Ballarat and Bendigo through Daylesford and Castlemaine, taking in part of the Great Dividing Trail.
Tracks and trails
Mountainbike or bushwalk across a series of landscapes including ironbark and stringybark forests. The track sparkles with colour in late winter when the golden wattles are in bloom, and then in springtime hundreds of vibrant wildflowers adorn the trail.
National parks and reserves in the Goldfields are home to historic gold fields, box-ironbark forests, spring wildflowers, kangaroos and bird life.
The Goldfields region boasts exquisite parks and gardens, including the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Castlemaine's magnificent period gardens.
Get close to Australian native animals in their natural surroundings at national parks, sanctuaries and Ballarat Wildlife Park.