When you fancy a bit of tranquility, some beautiful plants, or a picturesque picnic spot, you don’t need to travel all the way to South Yarra’s Royal Botanic Gardens – the Williamstown Botanic Gardens are a local oasis in which to spend a sunny afternoon.
Classified by the National Trust, Williamstown Botanic Gardens were one of Victoria’s first public gardens, delighting visitors since 1860 with cool, green lawns, garden beds, and charming ornamental Edwardian pond. The gardens were established when Melbourne was a relatively new colony for the purpose of assessing how well familiar English plants would grow in Australia’s climate. These plants also provided a nostalgic reminder of home for the settlers, and the garden became a popular weekend destination.
Judging by the number of people enjoying the gardens on our visit, it’s still as popular as ever. It’s easy to see why, with lawns large enough for bocce or long games of tiggie, lots of free car parking options, and proximity to the beach, Williamstown Railway Station, and cafes.
The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic, scientific (horticultural) and social significance.
Giffard St, Williamstown