The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, right next door to BIG4 Castlemaine, are one of the oldest gardens in Victoria, dating back to the 1860's. They are home to an impressive collection of heritage-listed native and exotic trees, including an oak planted in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales. There is a beautiful ornamental lake, perfect for bird watching (please don't feed the birds!) and an ornamental fountain.
The gardens are popular with families. A playground built in 2011 using innovative designs and locally sourced materials is a major attraction, and there are excellent BBQ facilities and picnic areas. For walkers and joggers, the gardens are a delight, with a 1.7 kilometres walking track circling the site and other paths to explore. Dogs on lead are very welcome.
The gardens are much loved by the town and it shows. Come and enjoy!