Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens are the perfect place for a family picnic, romantic walk around the lake or invigorating morning run. Home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, the gardens are centred on a beautiful ornamental lake surrounded by open landscaped gardens. An award-winning children’s playground offers hours of fun for kids of all ages.
Originally contributed to by notable botanist, Baron von Mueller with Philip Doran as the garden's first curator, the gardens feature many trees that are listed by the National Trust.
With its monumental pillars, carriage drive and water features, the splendid heritage-listed Castlemaine Botanical Gardens provide a perfect glimpse of a 19th century designed landscape. They also boast one of the oldest known cultivated trees in Victoria - an English Oak planted in 1867 by the Duke of Edinburgh. Stroll around Lake Augusta, take shelter in a rotunda, picnic under the shade of a weeping elm, host a BBQ with friends or cycle slowly along the track enjoying the wildlife.
This perfectly verdant setting is often the scene for weddings and family gatherings and is the ideal venue for any gathering. Located conveniently across the road from The Mill complex, you can combine these two attractions for a fun few hours of exploration.