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Phillips Botanical Gardens

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Bordered by Inkerman, Napier and Alma Streets, Maryborough VIC 3465

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  • Picnic tables
  • Shade
  • Scenic lake
  • Resident ducks
  • Walking path with information signs
  • Toilets
  • Rubbish bins
  • Adjacent to library and visitor information centre
Phillips Botanical Gardens is a beautiful little park in Maryborough, featuring an ornamental lake, scenic walking track, picnic tables, and shaded grassy lawns.

A walking track circles the little lake and features educational signs at various points along the way. As you stroll around the lake you'll pass a wetland area, grassed areas, and many interesting tree species. There are ducks as well as several other bird species, and growling grass frogs can often be heard.

Phillips Botanical Gardens was first planted in the 1870s, and was later named in honor of Henry Neville Phillips, the town clerk. It was created on an old mining site, and holes up to 10ft deep and 50ft square had to be filled in before planting could commence.

This is a great spot for feeding the ducks with children. Please note that feeding bread to ducks is detrimental to their health, try some of these more appropriate alternatives:

  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
  • Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Oats (rolled or instant)
  • Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)



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