Take a walk along the wheelchair-friendly wide pathways, or meander off into one of the side tracks and explore further. Look out for the interpretive signs or pick up maps and brochures from our visitor information centre to assist with your wanderings.
Heritage Tree Guide
Take a self-guided tour of the 32 significant trees that are located around the heritage section of the Botanic Gardens. The Friends have produced an easy-to-follow guide, which will direct you to the trees and has interesting tree facts included.
The heritage section of the gardens has an aviary of Native Parrots. Grab one of the brochures from inside the aviary to discover information about the different parrots that live there.
The aviary is open weekdays 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions there may be limits on the number of people allowed on the tours. We will be governed by whatever the Chief Health Officer's rulings are for the day.
To make bookings please contact the Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens via their email.
Please note that bookings are currently not available through the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre.
Guided walks in the Botanic Gardens are conducted by gardens staff with the assistance of the Friends’ Guides.
Generally, each tour will be 45 minutes to an hour and will suit all pedestrian capabilities.
The cost of the guided tours is $5.00 per head.
Introduction to and Discovery of the Gardens
A one-hour tour that highlights the key points of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens from 1857- to present times. A general tour that covers all areas.
Meet at the Sam Gadd Centre.
Garden for the Future
This tour focuses on the key design elements and concepts of our 21st-century garden. Exploring a climate-matched garden for Bendigo’s current temperatures and the predicted future climate change. Duration 45 minutes. Meet at the stage in Garden For The Future.
A 45 minute tour exploring our Heritage-listed Gold-influenced garden. Looking at the monuments, the gardens the water features, and the trees.
Central Hub Precinct
To be completed in June 2022. A 45 minute tour that will showcase the new Central Hub of the Botanic Gardens. This area will contain a visitor centre and café. The extensive garden will focus on indigenous plantings with a wetland and pond. We’ll explore the local plants of Bendigo and discuss some of their uses for the Dja Dja Wurrung people.
Garden Guides play an important role in enhancing the experience of visitors to the gardens by learning about the early history of their development, the characteristics of some of the unique plants, the special features, and the future plans.