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Park Lake Gardens Reserve

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Park Lake Drive, Creswick VIC 3363

Features

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Picturesque lake
  • Barbecues
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Tennis courts
  • Walking track
  • Toilets
  • Rubbish bins
This beautiful hilltop park in Creswick, Victoria features a scenic lake, walking tracks, playground, picnic/barbecue areas, and extensive outdoor tennis facilities.

A shady, grassed area at the entrance to the park features a historic rotunda, wood fire barbecues and a toilet block. Further into the park, alongside the tennis courts, lies a fantastic playground and picnic area with undercover electric barbecues.

Walking tracks take you down through the historical botanical gardens and around the beautiful lake below. 

Signs at the Park Lake Gardens Reserve display the following text:

Rotunda Park Lake

In 1861 the former Chief Commissioner of Police's Camp was gazetted for use as a Public Gardens. The garden was first laid out in 1870 and a summer house erected c. 1871, but rebuilt in 1878. The rotunda is identified on the detailed planting plan produced by George Perrin, Conservator of Forests, in 1888. The rotunda is designed in the picturesque rustic Gothic architectural style. 

The Botanical Reserve

This area, the site of the Government Camp and Police Paddock of gold rush days, was gazetted as a botanical reserve in 1861.

Through the next 30 years walks were laid out, trees and shrubs were planted and some structures were built. From 1888 development was guided by a planting plan prepared by George Perrin, Victoria's Conservator of Forests.

The reserve reached its peak between 1910 and 1922, when it had a permanent caretaker. When the caretaker position was abolished neglect and vandalism took their toll and the gardens deteriorated. 

Also nearby

Blue Waters, Creswick

Calambeen Park, Creswick



DID YOU KNOW...

  • There are so many excellent playgrounds tucked away in little-known places. Take a look through this great list of playgrounds throughout the Victorian Goldfields.
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
 

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