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Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond among 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 and 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.
The Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens (FOWBG) is a community-based, volunteer 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 very welcome to join.
The aims of the Friends are to:
Encourage and support conservation, development, wellbeing and public appreciation of Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Represent the interests of the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens throughout Hobsons Bay and the wider community
Advocate sustainability and long term development of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Support the work of Hobsons Bay City Council in maintaining these gardens.
Visit their website at www.friendsofwilliamstownbotanicgardens.net
97-99 Osborne Street, Williamstown 3016 View Map
97-99 Osborne Street ,
The gardens were designed by Edward La Trobe Bateman, designer and artist, and laid out by William Bull in 1856. Read more . . .
115 Civic Parade
Altona, Victoria, 3018
Phone: 03 9932 1000
National Relay Service: 133 677
Language Line: 03 9932 1212
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Council acknowledges the peoples of the Kulin nation as the Traditional Owners of these municipal lands and water ways. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.