Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
These elegant, sheltered gardens feature wide curving paths, old and rare plants, a band rotunda and a lily pond which is home to ducks and turtles. Warrnambool’s Botanic Gardens were designed by celebrated landscape gardener William Guilfoyle in 1879, shortly after he completed the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
For budding botanists, the gardens have an extensive collection of plants, including remnants of original planting, and more than 40 different coniferous species. The Lone Pine in the centre of the gardens was planted in 1934. This tree was grown from a seed harvested at the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli, one of only two “child” trees still standing.
Spanning 8.1ha, the gardens’ large open lawn areas and picturesque vistas are the perfect backdrop for weddings, community events and family picnics.