Bendigo Botanic Gardens

557-559 Napier Street, White Hills

Opening hours

The Garden is open from 7.30am to 6pm during winter and 7.30am to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time.

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About the Gardens

Welcome to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, one of regional Victoria’s earliest botanic gardens. Established in 1857, the Bendigo Botanic Gardens is 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 Garden is Bendigo’s first public gardens and was included on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2001 due to it's 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 is a very popular destination for both local residents and visitors alike.  The Garden provides an excellent place for family get togethers, picnics, BBQ's and celebrations and is a special and much loved part of Bendigo.

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Heritage Garden

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, and the Arch of Triumph.

Heritage garden area of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens
Bendigo Botanic Gardens - Heritage garden area

Larni Garingilang

Larni Garingilang, the new precinct at the Botanic Gardens opened in October 2022 and fills the void between the existing gardens and encourages people to connect and interact with the landscape and the Bendigo Creek. Larni Garingilang means home of growth in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung - the traditional owners of the land. The gardens feature a new cafe/restaurant/function centre building with community rooms, gathering and educational spaces, wetlands and ponds, a stormwater harvesting system and over 15,000 indigenous plants and trees. 

The restaurant and function centre at Larni Garingilang is currently closed with no re-opening date.

Larni Garingilang
Larni Garingilang opening

Garden for the Future

The Garden for the Future opened on April 22nd 2018 and provides a contemporary botanic garden experience to enjoy. It is located on the south side of the Heritage Garden and 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.

Garden for the Future lawn area
Garden for the Future lawn area

Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens are working with the City to Promote, Protect and Restore the historic public gardens of Bendigo. 

They have several subgroups to cater for members with a range of interests. They also offer garden tours and guided walks as well as  excursions to other sites.