Park yourself under ancient elms in the beating heart of Bendigo. Rosalind Park is a leafy escape along Pall Mall, and a living treasure from the era when Bendigo was transformed from a gold mining outpost to a grand regional city.

The heritage rich Rosalind Park beside the Bendigo Creek provides a lush refuge in summer and a gorgeous buttery spectacle in autumn. In fact it’s gorgeous all year round and makes a beautiful backdrop for some of Bendigo’s best-loved events, a far cry from its origins as a campsite for the first miners to arrive in Bendigo during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s.

As well as grand old trees, other heritage features include a fernery, public sculptures, cascades and fountain and authentic poppet head at the top of the hill.

On the edge of Bendigo Lake Weeroona is a favourite for active families. The kids will love the adventure playground, and no one ever tires of the picturesque walking trail looping the lake. Catch a vintage tram to the lakeside stop for a true Bendigo experience. And take your latte el fresco by the water.

Just four kilometres from the CBD look out for the Arch of Triumph at the Bendigo Botanic garden’s entrance, constructed as a WWI memorial in 1925. The historic garden has been given some fresh love in recent years and now features one of Bendigo’s loveliest play spaces, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Visit the newly-completed Garden for the Future, which features more than 600 drought-tolerant plant species from around the world. It’s also home to Bendigo’s newest outdoor performance space.

In Eaglehawk, Canterbury Gardens has been drawing the masses since the 1880s. One of the city’s prettiest outdoor spaces, home to hundreds of dahlias in autumn, it takes centre place in a heritage and recreational precinct that includes the township’s historic football oval, a skate park, Lake Neangar and the soon-to-be-complete Eaglehawk Regional Playspace.