Parks & gardens
Journey through the magnificent parks and gardens of the Goldfields, characterised by lush public parks, botanic gardens and historic residences.
Dreams of gold
The gardens of the region embody some of the most interesting strands of nineteenth century thinking and development. Spend a quiet afternoon by Lake Wendouree, explore the serene setting of the Classical Chinese Garden, or discover what life was like at the time on a visit to Buda Historic Home & Garden.
Serenity and education
Underwritten by the world's richest goldfields, the Goldfields gardens were created to be enjoyed by everyone for free. But they were not just for enjoyment, they were intended to educate, and to help spread new species. This was embodied in the beliefs of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, the first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, who supplied the Goldfields gardens with cuttings and seedlings.
The Goldfields region boasts exquisite parks and gardens, including the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Castlemaine's magnificent period gardens.