Hobsons Bay City Council - Williamstown Botanic Gardens
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Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1860, the gardens provide a peaceful setting to enjoy a picnic, stroll or to just relax.

Corner Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown
Mel Ref. 56 C10

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.

The gardens:

  • Northern section - Formal garden beds, lawns and an ornamental pond;
  • Southern section - Parker Reserve Pinetum, a collection of Pines trees. A popular shady place for picnics.

The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic,scientific (horticultural) and social significance to the state of Victoria.

They are also listed on the National Register and classified by The National Trust of Australia (Vic.)

For more images of the gardens please visit the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Flickr page.

Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens (FOWBG) is a community-based organisation that encourages participation and appreciation of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens by advocating, supporting and representing the interests of the garden across the community and wider area of Hobsons Bay. 

New members are welcome to join. 


History of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

The gardens were designed by Edward La Trobe Bateman, designer and artist, and laid out by William Bull in 1856.