Dating back to the 1860’s and designed by Baron Von Mueller (the designer of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens) the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens give shady respite from the summer sun. Lake Joanna, excavated by inmates from the local gaol, is a centre point. The children’s playground is shaded by a spreading Oak Tree planted by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867. Near the entrance gates is an Indian Bean Tree thought to be the largest in Victoria.
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Those gardens are a real gem! Beautiful to walk through in any weather, shady and cool in summer, bracing in winter. I absolutely love that giant 150 yo oak tree with the giant brass acorns underneath it!
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