Established in the 1850’s the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens is central to Malmsbury off the Calder highway on the way from Melbourne to Bendigo. It is one of Victoria’s earliest regional botanic gardens encompassing a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs along with a few surprises from its rich past.
The plant and tree collection includes:
- Bunya Bunya (Araucaria bidwillii)
- Californian Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
- Strawberry Tree (Arbutus)
- Sugar Gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx)
The central focal point of the gardens is the Ornamental Lake with the formed island at its centre. The fountain was built in the 1930’s from bluestone salvaged from a nearby demolished mill. Both the fountain and the lake edges have been restored in recent years and the Dutch Elms planted at the front of the lake were planted as a memorial to soldiers of the first World War, 1914 – 1918.
The Arboretum was originally planted in 2003 comprising mainly endemic vegetation of the Malmsbury area. It links the Botanic Gardens to the local sporting oval via a path travelling beneath the bridge which crosses the Coliban River.
- Public Toilets
- Picnic Facilities