Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, provides a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll along the intricate pathways or just relax and daydream on the cool green lawns.
An easy 10 minute walk from the ferry service in Commonwealth Reserve and just a few minutes from the Williamstown Beach Railway Station, the gardens have good accessibility with firm gravel paths and facilities nearby.
Williamstown Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.
In a newly developing colony, botanic gardens were established as a way of assessing how well familiar plants would grow, as a place for reliving the English landscape and as a place for social outings and walks.
Today the gardens are a place to enjoy the peace and beauty of a mature formal garden and learn about our horticultural heritage.
They are also listed on the National Register and classified by The National Trust of Australia (Vic.)
View some images of the gardens.