You may be surprised to learn that the Botanical Gardens are set atop of Wombat Hill. Hence the name. This is a very beautiful part of Daylesford that is frequently overlooked. It is also where the town’s water supply is located. It is very easy to find by turning off Vincent Street into Central Springs Road and it is on your left hand side.
The gardens are open every day from Sunrise to Sunset so if you like viewing in the dark you will be disappointed. I love these gardens and visit every time I make it to Daylesford. The drives and pathways are lined with tall deciduous shade trees that circle around the hill. At the top is a stretch of lawn with seating, a gazebo and hot house that offers a spectacular begonia festival in Autumn.
There are also gardens towards the front with many rare plants to admire while walking the grounds. As you pull up to the carpark you will find a tall narrow tower. Inside is a circular staircase similar to a lighthouse that takes you to a magnificent viewing platform at the top. I have climbed it several times and still freaks me out so give it a try.
The once decrepit kiosk has been renovated into a classy eatery with dining both inside and out. Owned by the same people as the Lake House you may want to stop for lunch or a coffee. You can’t park close but the short stroll is worth it. If you don’t want to visit the cafe you will be pleased to know there are public toilets near the hothouse.
Frazer St, Daylesford VIC 3460 Open on Everyday