Ballarat Botanical Gardens


The Ballarat Botanical Gardens covers 40 hectares divided into three distinct zones - the central Botanical Gardens which preserves the 'gardenesque' style of the Victorian pleasure garden, and open parkland buffers on either side are known as the North and South Gardens.

The Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of Australias most significant cool climate gardens, containing a remarkable collection of mature trees and marble statues set among colourful bedding displays. Located on the western shore of Lake Wendouree, approximately 4km from Ballarat CBD, the Gardens is an invaluable heritage and recreational resource.



Parking is available along Wendouree Parade or Gillies Street. Ample parking is available for buses in Wendouree Parade near the North Gardens toilets and Pipers on the Parade restaurant.

Public toilets are located at either end of the Botanical Gardens.

MapTop of document.

Guided ToursTop of document.


Guided tours of the gardens

Volunteers guides of the FBBG (Friends Of Ballarat Botanical Gardens) take guided walks and tours and cover the highlights of the gardens and the stories behind these historic gardens established in 1858

  • Meet in front of the Conservatory
  • Book through the Robert Clark Centre (5364 2764)
  • Bookings need to be taken at least a week prior to your visit


Booked Guided Walks for Groups

  • Tours take approximately one hour but can be negotiated depending on the interests and needs of the group.
  • We provide enough guides per tour so that groups will be small (10 people or less).
  • Cost for these tours are $5 per head
  • Local Ballarat groups are discounted and tours are $2 per head
  • Book through the Robert Clark Centre (5364 2764)


Guided Sunday Leisurely Walks in autumn and spring.

  • No booking required. Held every Sunday in autumn and spring
  • Sunday morning at 11 am.
  • General tour but with an emphasis on the garden’s seasonal highlights at the time of the tour.
  • No charge but donation appreciated.


Specialised Tours Catered to Meet Your Needs and Interests

Indicate if you want your tour to explore more fully particular aspects of the gardens.

Guides can provide hour long tours of the following if required:

  • Statues (Stoddart and Thompson collection and other garden statues)
  • Heritage trees
  • Prime Ministers Avenue
  • Western Bed (plant collection along Gillies Street)
  • Garden history and its changes over time


The FBBG can assist at times with the organisation of your tour by catering for morning or afternoon tea or light lunch for group tours. The costs and details need to be negotiated with the FBBG.

Visit our YouTube ChannelYouTube Snaps of Our City On InstagramInstagram Follow Us On TwitterTwitter Like Our Facebook Page and Stay UpdatedFacebook