Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Audio tour

The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens were carved out of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and fenced off in 1860 in the heat of Victoria’s gold rush.

The gardens are an outstanding example of a regional public gardens created in colonial Victoria.

Explore, observe, relax

There are rare trees, oaks and pines of great age and botanical significance, as well as new plantings more suited to the area’s predicted future climate and adjacent locally indigenous vegetation.

Find peace in your busy schedule, observe the intriguing botanical collection and fauna or make it your next meeting place with friends.

View the garden map

Download the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens map(PDF, 5MB).  

How to get there

Location: Corner of Parker Street and Downes Road, Castlemaine.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Bus Route: 2 Castlemaine Town Loop.
Parking: Free parking areas on Downes Road. Accessible parking available.


With a stunning ornamental lake surrounded by open manicured grounds, the gardens are home to an exceptional variety of established native and exotic trees. This setting will enhance any celebration and is the perfect site for weddings and family gatherings.

There are many picnic areas throughout, with BBQs and toilets located both near the playground and lake.  For more information on the 7 different bookable locations in the Botanical Gardens or to make a booking visit Spacetoco

Tea Room bookings

For an indoor venue, the heritage listed former Tea Rooms offers your next function a quaint historic backdrop with a 360 degree wrap around Australian style verandah, so you can entertain amongst the stunning surrounds of the gardens.

The venue includes one main room with opening timber shutters to enjoy the scenery, and a separate kitchen for food and drink preparation. For more information or to make a booking visit Spacetoco

Related information

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens list of trees.pdf(PDF, 1MB)