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Hamilton Botanic Gardens




The site for the Hamilton Botanic Gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870 which makes them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia.

William Guilfoyle, the curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens and one of Australia’s greatest garden designers and botanists, designed sweeping lawns, curved paths, lakes and islands, rockeries, cacti and succulents, colourful plants and contrasting foliage.

The gardens were classified by the National Trust of Victoria in 1990 and contain eight tree species listed on the Register of Significant Trees in Victoria. Significant plants include the State’s only known Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentucky Coffee Tree) and largest known Chamaecyparis funebris (Funeral Cypress), as well as two rare Quercus leucotrichophora (Himalayan Oaks).

Zoological elements have been a feature of the gardens since 1885, with two aviaries and an animal enclosure remaining.

Set in four acres, the Gardens are bounded by French, Kennedy, Martin and Thompson Streets in Hamilton.

Review:


A lovely Botanic Gardens with lots for the whole family including a playground, pond, large fountain, sensory garden, glasshouse, cannon, picnic facilities and walk-in aviary. We weren't sure if the animal enclosure was active when we visited (it looked out of use).

The walk through aviary is open 8am - 3:30pm Monday - Friday. However be prepared for a lot of mice eating the bird food in addition to the birds. There is also a caged area with budgerigars and cockatiels.

There is a lovely mix of trees with some humongous sized. A number of information boards with historical information since the Gardens have a rich history.

Next to the playground is a shelter with BBQs and table plus shaded and unshaded tables and seats. Water tap and toilets.

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26 Thompson Street,  Hamilton 3300, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
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Map: X926 Ref: B5

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