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Nature & wildlife

Goldfields

  • Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Encounter spellbinding surrounds cultivated, landscaped or natural by design in the Goldfields region.

Picture-perfect
Stroll through one of the local botanical gardens in Bendigo, Ballarat, Buninyong or Castlemaine. Still thriving 150 years after being created by early residents of the region, these gardens are a great place to unwind and recharge. If you're visiting the area in March, be sure to explore the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and see the renowned annual begonia display. In spring, see Rosalind Park's tens of thousands of blooming tulips lining Bendigo's Pall Mall.

Walk your own path
Head out of town to discover national and state parks with dazzling wildflowers, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. A centrepiece of the region's cultural landscape is the Goldfields Track. The 210km track links Ballarat and Bendigo through Daylesford and Castlemaine, taking in part of the Great Dividing Trail.

Outdoor living
Spend an afternoon on the shore of Ballarat's Lake Wendouree or Bendigo's Lake Weroona – a big part of each city's popular outdoor lifestyle. Make use of the scenic walking and cycling trails, enjoy a spot of bird watching, or paddle about in a kayak. For those looking to just soak up the natural surrounds, a picnic or barbeque by the water is just the thing.

Tracks and trails
Mountain bike or bushwalk across a series of landscapes including ironbark and stringybark forests. The track sparkles with colour in late winter when the golden wattles are in bloom, and then in springtime hundreds of vibrant wildflowers adorn the trail.