Park and Garden
Located in the centre of town, Rosalind Park is a significant site for its historic trees, buildings and structures. Retreat to its cool green lawns and fernery, walk its avenues, discover historic relics and structures and the displays in the unique conservatory.
The Camp Hill Primary School playground is available to the public outside of school hours.
The Poppet Head lookout tower was used during the gold rush to process mine tailings and to hoist flags indicating that mail had arrived. It was moved to this location in 1931 from the Garden Gully United mine, and has become the symbol of Bendigo. Climb it to enjoy the best view in town and see the Bendigo Heritage Mosaic by Maery Gabriel that depicts Bendigo's mining history.
The cascades are a reconstructed 19th century water feature. Designed by renowned architect William Vahland and built in 1880, it originally included statues, fountains and a fern grotto. It fell into disrepair during the 20th century and has in part been rebuilt.
Significant trees and avenues of Rosalind Park
The park is significant for its horticultural heritage. Many trees date back to the 1800s and new ones are planted each year as replacements. Walk the urban forest to see elms, oaks, Queensland kauri and Australian teak, amongst others.
Annual tulip display
Each autumn our horticulturists plant thousands of bulbs for the community to enjoy in spring.
The cool, green, lush fernery provides a shady respite from the heat. Once the site of a billabong, mature trees now provide a canopy of shade for the more tender ferns. Explore its water features, bridges, rockeries, gravel paths, and a fern and palm collection. The River Red Gums are remnant vegetation of historical significance. There is also a great selection of Victorian fern species on display.
The Conservatory Gardens include the 19th century Conservatory and heritage sculptures. The ornate building was erected in 1897 and the last building of its type in a public park in Victoria. Through out the year floral and foliage displays are on show, including the spring tulip display.
These gardens are named after George Lansell, who was one of the few people who made his fortune in Bendigo's gold rush. His sculpture stands in this garden with the rare Chilean Wine Palm.
The Chinese Gardens reflect the influence and traditions of the local Chinese community. They feature Chinese-style art, sculpture, water features and horticulture.
Sister Cities Gardens
Bendigo’s three sister city relationships are each represented with a garden:
- Los Altos (California, USA) - Dry climate plants from California and surrounding regions have been used.
- Tian Shui (China) – Represented by the Camellia walk next to the fernery.
- Penzance (UK) – A knot garden including clipped serpentine box hedges.
The Bendigo Creek and its bridges are a significant example of late 19th century urban infrastructure using stone masonry techniques. The creek was realigned, widened, lined with flagstones, walled with sandstone and capped with granite. The iron bridges were built in 1882 to replace earlier narrower structures.
The Bendigo area is the traditional land of the Dja Dja Wrung people. Prior to 1851 the area we now call Rosalind Park was a grassy woodland with a chain of deep, permanent fresh water ponds lined with large River Red Gums. In 1851, the gold rush transformed the area and eventually the mullock heaps became the most prominent public park in Bendigo. Rosalind Park was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2000 for its historic, archaeological, aesthetic, scientific (botanical) and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.
For more information about our parks please contact us on 03 5434 6000.
Rosalind Park is open all hours. The Children's playground is open to the public only during non-school hours. The Fernery and Conservatory are open from 8am to sunset every day.