Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Wander through this 19th Century garden and discover the many original features including the carriage drive, elm and oak avenues, Lake Joanna, and the formal garden beds that contrast with lush open lawns.
The gardens have recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment, including improvements to the garden's lake, amenities, parking and installation of a new playground and picnic facilities.
In 1860, 25 hectares of heavily-worked diggings alongside Barkers Creek were set aside for botanic gardens. In 1866 the council appointed Philip Doran as the first curator, a role he fulfilled until his death in 1913 at the age of 83. The gardens essentially retain his original design and major plantings.
In the trees
The gardens are home to an impressive collection of native and exotic trees, some of which are registered with the National Trust. They include a huge English Oak which was planted by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867.