Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills
Park and Garden
Welcome to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, one of regional Victoria’s earliest botanic gardens. Established in 1857 the Bendigo Botanic Gardens are almost as old as Bendigo itself with the site appearing on an 1854 plan of the White Hills township just 3 years after gold was first discovered in Bendigo in 1851. The Gardens are Bendigo’s first public gardens and were included on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2001 due to their historical, architectural, scientific, botanical, aesthetic and social significance.
The garden is known for it's eclectic mix of shade trees and lush green turf and are a very popular destination for both local residents and visitors alike. The Gardens provide an excellent place for family get togethers, picnics, BBQ's and celebrations and are a special and much loved part of Bendigo.
The Heritage Garden forms a picturesque landscape around a central billabong surrounded by various display gardens and plant collections. Garden precincts to visit include the Cottage Garden of the Victorian Goldfields, the Habitat Garden, the Edwardian Garden, the Indigenous Garden, the Northern Victorian Garden as well as the National Lavender Collection, and National Canna Collection gardens. You can also explore and enjoy the Bendigo Botanic Garden Playspace, the bird aviary (open weekdays until 4pm) and the Arch of Triumph (also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register).
The Garden for the Future opened on April 22nd 2018 and provides a contemporary botanic garden experience to enjoy. It features the Fun and Fantasy Garden, the Around Australia Garden and the Around the World Garden. An events stage and shelter is also available for concerts and other large events.
Important Notice - Garden for the Future Construction Works
Commencing in June 2019 minor construction works will be undertaken in the Garden for the Future. Visitor access around the Garden may be impacted and heavy machinery will be in action at times. Works will include:
- Extensive seating will be installed around the central promenade
- Two all-weather shelter structures will be installed, in the north-west and south-east corners
The City apologises for any disruption, and looks forward to the completion of these essential additions in July 2019. The Heritage Garden will not be impacted.
Visit the garden for fun, relaxation and to spend time with family and friends.
The Gardens are open from 7:30am to 6pm and 7:30am to 9pm (Daylight Savings Time)
Gardens Map and Visitor Guide
Download or print the Gardens Map and Visitor Guide.