Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Slow down and relax amongst the flowers and historic trees of one of Victoria's most prized cool climate gardens.
Explosions of colour
Visit in March when the gardens come to life during the annual Ballarat Begonia Weekend. With tours, workshops, entertainment and countless activities for the kids, it's a celebration not to be missed.
The tradition began when the first tuberous begonias were introduced to the gardens in 1889, not long after their discovery in Peru and Bolivia. There are also azaleas, camellias, dahlias, roses, and Australian native gardens. A number of trees have been registered by the National Trust.
Down on the Avenue
Take a stroll along Prime Ministers Avenue, an impressive and unique avenue of the busts of the 26 Prime Ministers since Federation. In 1884 a wealthy Scottish bachelor, Thomas Stoddart, returned from a trip to Italy with a group of statues he gave to the gardens. This sparked a series of gifts and bequests including the statues that make up the prime ministerial collection.